I am super excited to share Jessica Antola’s (adopted) neighborhood of Carroll Gardens in the NYC borough of Brooklyn with you today. Jessica is a talented photographer I met in Maine (she photographed the gals of Great Cluck Egg Farm for a TBD article) who shares a love of Africa. Check out her website here!
How long have you lived in Brooklyn ?
I’ve lived in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn for eight years, since Feb 2007 … and the time has flown!
What does it feel like in spring in Brooklyn?
There is an overall sense of relief and buzzing energy in the air. More people are on the streets, smiling and strolling about. Everyone comes out to thaw and new buds and flowers begin popping up everywhere. The landscape transforms from a grey, lifeless world to one filled with the most saturated, bright palate. The energy of this daily dramatic shift is infectious. Spring and fall are my favorites times of year in NY
What’s your favorite way to get about the area?
On foot or bike.
What do you miss most about your neighborhood when you’re away?
Being walking distance to basically everything I need as well as running into
friends on the streets.
What would surprise a newcomer to your area?
The Italian history and ongoing strength of the Italian community in the neighborhood. Carroll Gardens is full of Catholic churches, funeral parlors, Italian gentlemans’ societies/ clubs, various shrines to saints and the Virgin Mary and groups of older men speaking Italian are found on many corners.
Where are your favorite places to go with friends?
Long Island Bar
The Brooklyn Social Club
The Brooklyn Inn
Erie Basin (in Red Hook)
Antique/ vintage stores on Atlantic Ave
Where do you go for weekend getaways?
Image by Jessica Antola from The Long Island Bar.