Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday Wanderings: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

In my last post (here) I had written about Bil Donovan, the awesome  fashion illustrator....
well, I went to his lecture as promised and was pleasantly surprised to see the day turn out to be full of amazing surprises!
The lecture venue was at Brooklyn Central Library and though I have been to Brooklyn so many times, I had never been to that particular area-the Grand Army Plaza
which is supposed to be the heart of Brooklyn.
Though the Grand Army Plaza does sound grand, I really didnt pay it much mind...
Till I came upon this fabulous fountain just as I came out of the Subway!!
 
 Its called the Bailey fountain and was built in 1932 by Frank Bailey as a memorial to his wife.
Its been renovated and restored over the years and is beautiful!
The mood, the ambiance and the slight spray from the fountain calls for sitting there in the sun with a nice juicy book-who knows you might just catch me there someday! :-)
as I turned my back on the fountain I came upon the imposing entrance to the Prospect Park..
This arch is one of the most imposing historic structures in Brooklyn and was inspired by the classical style of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and is meant to honor the soldiers and sailors.



It has beautiful relief sculptures inside the arch of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.
The Quadriga, or simply "The Spirit of the Army and the Spirit of the Navy" is on the top of the Arch.
Its an amazing sculpture depicting Lady Columbia, a supposedly symbolic representation of the United States. She is seen riding in a chariot with two winged Victory figures, each leading a horse and with a trumpet announcing Columbia's arrival.
One side of the gate has intricate sculptures of the Spirit of the Army and the other side has the Spirit of the Navy...
this place is worth a visit just to see the imposing arch and the fountain.



Parked next to the Archway were these street food truck selling juices and smoothies to sandwiches and noodles and enchiladas!
and right at the entrance of the park was the usual New York sight...
a fantastic Farmer's Market!



 selling everything from fresh bread...


to divine smelling sprigs of fresh lavender...


and...


 assorted mushrooms!

I have never seen so much variety in mushrooms.... 

amazing colors of drying hydrangea n corn...


to pumpkins galore.... remember its Fall (Autumn) here...





As I said its Autumn here, and that means lots and lots of pumpkins and apples in all its forms..
so seen above are fresh apples dipped in candy flavor and caramel.
A.B.SO.LU.TE.LY delicious!!

 and the fall color vibrancy of chrysanthemums.... and they are called just "mums" here by the way!



 For the health enthusiasts- wheat grass! (I love the tag)

and peppers from different places and of varying heat and color!


Fresh and yummy sandwiches with freshly grown herbs at hand...


and organic pizzas on whole wheat bead....

And after sating my appetite with flavors and colors and sounds and smells...
I moved on to the grand looking Brooklyn Central Library...



where there was a used book sale going on outside!
and you say "book" and I have to stop... and browse....and eventually shell out a few dollars for some fantastic finds!


After a lot of dollars and time well spent I finally went in for the Lecture of the fashion illustrator Bill Donovan and man was it an experience!
He works fast and seemingly without effort and was extremely patient with all the pesky questions...
Even I got to ask a couple of question!  :-D


so I came home heavily loaded with a few candy apples, sprigs of lavender, a delicious apple crumble cake, a piece of pumpkin pie,7-8 fantastic books ( where can you get them for a dollar?) and fired up to become the next BIG thing on the fashion illustration circuit!
hahaha...I know... I know... there is no harm in dreaming, is there?

2 comments:

  1. just love your blog.. m glad you take time out to write stuff and i seriously enjoy looking at new york through your eyes.. its just a different angle.. the colors, the arty feel to your blog and the interesting stories.. carry on maryam.. keep us updated .. :)

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    1. My pleasure Saffu- as long as you enjoy reading them! :-)

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