It’s crazy to think my first anniversary of living in New York is already creeping up on me. Trips from Florida to visit my best friend feel like they were just yesterday; my first time walking the Brooklyn Bridge within reach.
In hindsight, I definitely took Brooklyn for face value on our first date. Notable sights like the bridge and promenade lured me in, but I had no idea of the adventures that would soon unfold. I’m still peeling back Brooklyn’s layers to this day, each more intriguing than the last.
I wish I could go back to my first time walking the Brooklyn Bridge and give myself a little preview of the memories I’d make: rooftop sunsets in Williamsburg; eating my weight in ramen burgers at smorgasburg; wandering aimlessly through dumbo and taking home [too many] overpriced succulents from Brooklyn flea; Sunday afternoons lounging in Prospect Park; filling up my camera’s memory card at the botanic garden; solo strolls through Prospect Heights; gazing out over the Hudson with fresh seafood and beers in Red Hook; and waking up in bed with best friends in Buschwick, most notably during blizzard Jonas– which I barely made it back to Manhattan from before all public transportation closed.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of those walks that evokes a sense of both nostalgia and excitement over the unknown every time. What lies on the other side of Manhattan is something special; something worth getting to know. Simply put– I’ve got a soft spot for ya, Brooklyn.
Shoutout to Frank Simmons, (@frankisglobal & @still.cinema) for taking these shots! I’m wearing the Free People Nikita Dress on the Brooklyn Bridge, and Citizen’s Liya Jeans with a black bodysuit in the skyline shot (all linked below!).