Sometimes it feels like my experience exploring Brooklyn is an exercise in taxonomy; I must travel along the grid of orderly city blocks, observe the careful landscaping of stately co-ops, respect the dignified stoops of uniform brownstones. I feel compelled to catalog my surroundings and file them away neatly.
But lately what has drawn my attention most is CHAOS. Brooklyn is a borough of vibrant people, of diverse interests, of unbounded creativity and growth. And if you look hard enough, beyond the grid, the landscapes also tell this story. The onset of spring only amplifies the chaos; it’s almost as if nature is trying to overthrow the concrete and asphalt.
During our recent meet-up, I tried to capture this quiet mutiny as we walked through Gravesend and Brighton Beach. And somehow, it seems that the overlooked and the overgrown also speak volumes about this fair borough.