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Beautiful Daycation in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Good morning and happy Friday!!! This week flew by and boy did I have fun flitting all over - from the Bronx to Brooklyn and today back on Long Island.
A few noteworthy things before I tell you about my day yesterday in Sheepshead Bay...
First, my feature for ThisIsTheBronx.info about The Bronx Museum of the Arts will be published next week, as the online "paper" decided to forego publishing any feature articles this weekend.
I wont lie - with all I had on my agenda for the past few days, I welcomed the reprieve and I'll be completing several articles this weekend for next week.
Secondly, as you know, Tanya is in Las Vegas for a few days. While I love when she is traveling, I totally miss the available time there is for us to chat!! Why do we have to live on opposite coasts??
Just yesterday, I was telling her about my Brooklyn adventures and a vegan restaurant I found and she was lamenting to me "I wish I was there to try all these places together!" All I could reply to her was "ME TOO!!!"
Next week is going to be even tougher because of the time difference between New York and China (China is 12 hours ahead of New York), I'm sure we'll figure it out!!!
Ok, on with my re-cap...
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
For any of you that are not familiar with this section of Brooklyn, here are a few fun facts:
Now, about our day yesterday! We could not have asked for a more glorious day! Karla (Guest Blogger), and her two lovely daughters were our partners in travel for the day and graciously offered to do the driving for our Day-cation.
Arriving in Sheepshead Bay a little before 11am, we parked right near the Ocean Avenue footbridge and spent the rest of the day walking the area.
The Bay was just gorgeous with the morning sunlight reflecting off of the water, and there was no shortage of photography from our little gang. Early morning fisherman were already set up with their lines cast in the water and we virtually had the area to ourselves, as the surrounding park had not filled up with people yet.
Karla and I had created an itinerary for the day which included:
* Ocean Avenue footbridge that links Sheepshead Bay with Manhattan Beach.
* Holocaust Memorial Park - New York’s first public memorial to the Holocaust.
* Historic Lundy’s Building - Designated NYC Landmark in 1989
* Vince Lombardi’s Home
* Vince Lombardi’s Plaque
* Saint Mark’s Church
As we made our way to the footbridge, we had the perfect view of the Lundy Brothers Restaurant building across the bay, which was designated a NYC Historic Landmark in 1989 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lundy’s Restaurant served seafood to generations from 1937 to 1979 and again from 1997-2007. Today, the building is home to several small businesses.
Having done some research prior to our visit, I had found an old vintage photo from Brooklynpix.com, featuring the building back in 1950. I had to show everyone in our traveling band to see the differences. One notable difference was the street car, versus automobiles on the street.
I love the casual flair of this vintage photo with the kids sitting on the edge of bay fishing. Look at the "now" and "then" photos below!
The Ocean Avenue Bridge is located between Shore Boulevard and, Emmons Avenue. It's called the Ocean Avenue Bridge, even though it's a block west of Ocean Avenue on the north side.
We strolled across, looking in all directions and snapping away.
Coming off the bridge, we made our way around to West End Avenue at the water's edge of Sheepshead Bay to Holocaust Memorial Park.
According to the park's official website, Holocaust Memorial Park, "Dedicated officially in June 1985 by Mayor Edward Koch, the Park has been the site of memorial programs honoring such renowned leaders, educators and heroic figures as Simon Weisenthal, Beate Klarsfeld, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Professor David Wyman, Yitzchak Arad, Jan Karski, Chiune Sugihara, Rabbi Avi Weiss, Professor Yaffa Eliach, and Tuvia Bielski and members of the Jewish Brigade – among many others."
The contrast between the peace and beauty of our day and the tragic and heartbreaking text inscribed on the memorial stones could not have been more glaring.
After this humbling visit, we decided to walk towards Emmons Avenue to Sheepshead Bay Road to have lunch.
We ate at Terra, which had a great variety of food options, that appealed to everyone in our party of five.
The service was wonderful and the food was equally tasty!!
Here's a few of the dishes that we enjoyed:
Filling our tanks, we headed back out to the street, leisurely walking to see two more sights on foot - the Vince Lombardi Memorial Plaque, and his childhood home.
The legendary football coach Vince Lombardi grew up in a two-story house at 2542 E. 14th St. in Sheepshead Bay, which I just had to see. An unassuming house, unmarked, we paid homage to where Lombardi once lived.
A few blocks away, near the corner of Jerome Avenue and E. 17th Street underneath a flagpole, lies a plaque dedicated to the football legend. It was installed in 1974, four years after the coach’s untimely death at age 57.
Our last and final stop was St. Mark's Church, located at 2609 E 19th St, Brooklyn. We decided to first go back and get the car and stop there on the way to the Belt Parkway, to save time. Although the girls were all off from school for All Saint's Day, they had quite a bit of studying to do for today, so we wanted to beat rush hour.
We made a quick stop to see the exterior of St. Mark's and briefly see the interior. Not nearly enough time to see and study the nuances of this historic church.
A few facts for your reading pleasure:
What a great day!!
We'll be planning our next Day-Cation excursion for later in the month and another for December!
Well, my lovelies, I've got a great deal to complete today, as I'm working tirelessly on our Vegan Resource Page. We are so excited about the number of food establishments and businesses that will be displaying our VEGAN APPROVED badge on their website and storefronts!! More on this expansion to follow!!
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