AWNY Committee member, Susie Lang, joined the AWNY New Members Walk in Brooklyn in October. Here she describes how the local knowledge of host and AWNY New Members Lead, Robyn Sunderland, made the walk such a perfect event.
Saturday October 26 was a great day for a stroll for our AWNY New Members Walk on the Brooklyn side of the East River. Our wonderful “tour-guide”, New Members Co-Lead Robyn Sunderland, showed us the beauty of this part of the city. It’s the part that sometimes seems so far away from Manhattan that it could feel like a different country! Far from the truth though as it’s a part of New York City that is alive, thriving, well-celebrated and well-lived in. What a perfect fall (autumnal) day for it!
Our walk on Brooklyn Heights Promenade, heading down to and beyond the DUMBO neighborhood, took in amazing and sweeping views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the bridges, New York Harbor, and all the visual and auditory richness of the city transport options: boats, the subway, helicopters and cars. Perhaps on a bad day, you might call it something different! We chatted and strolled together for a few hours. We felt that today could have possibly been the last day where we could walk out before the colder weather hit us. A great day.
We enjoyed an afternoon cuppa in one of Robyn’s favorite and less frequented coffee shops, The “Original” Brooklyn Roasting Company, on the corner of Jay and John Streets in the artistically vibrant and trendy neighborhood of DUMBO. Here, there were far fewer people. We imagined, local “Brooklynites” found this to be the place for a coffee and snack as opposed to the Brooklyn Bridge Park on Old Dock Road DUMBO, where the hustle and bustle of the busier ice cream, pizza and coffee joints were full of visitors from all over the world. There were no lines for food and drink and no lines to use the bathroom.
Thanks to you Robyn, for this great and fun afternoon. We did “rent a crowd” for our selfie, although sadly they were not keen to join our association but we’re always on the lookout for new members. Watch out for more New Member events, both large and small to suit every preference.
Written by Susie Lang. All photos by Susie Lang, www.susielangphoto.com
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