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Here I am with my mom and older sister at Jane’s Carousel in downtown/Dumbo Brooklyn. If you know anything about me you might know that I have a slight thing for carousels. They’re magical and the horses are so pretty. I love the colors and the gold and the lights. And it’s fun to play pretend.

So Jane’s Carousel finally opened this past weekend after being in a studio since the 80’s getting restored. I had walked by it in its studio two years or so ago so it was really exciting to see it finally in action. Since my mom and Emily were here, I had some partners in crime that I knew would check it out with me.

Here’s my mom and I getting ready for the ride to begin. My mom is holding the $2 card that you buy and they scan to let you in. Each one has apicture of a horse in it and it’s kind of cool. Also, $2 is not bad, actually. Also, I basically have this exact picture except with Kayti on a carousel in Chicago. Nice.

Emmy Boo is making a kissy face.

Since it’s official opening on Friday (and leading up to it) I had probably read every article about it on blogs and looked at every picture and everywhere I looked made me actually confused about exactly where it was – I knew it was between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge but I had a hard time visualizing the space it was in so this picture should hopefully give you the right effect:

There you can see Brooklyn Bridge behind it and the glass case it’s in. Ah, I’m so happy it’s finally out and working! See you again very soon, I’m sure, Jane’s Carousel.

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I love the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. It’s a simple place with maybe six flavors to choose from, one of which is vanilla chocolate chunk. Yes, please. If you didn’t know this random factoid about myself, I worked in a small ice cream shop during my college years and the best flavor, I would argue, was plain ol’ chips vanilla. So I am loving the vanilla chocolate chip at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. This last time I was there, I went a little crazy and got myself a shake.

Here’s homegirl, Abby V., standing in front of the BK Ice Cream Factory. You can’t really tell in this picture, but the line was out the door. Abby was like, “Is this ice cream supposed to be good or something?” She understood once she got her vanilla in a waffle cone.

After our little ice cream adventure, we took a stroll down Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

And all was good.

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Walked the Manhattan Bridge on Wednesday night and found a random thug who let me take pictures of him. Ha. He’s such a ham, he posed for a million pictures, most of which he put on his mean face to let us know how much of a hardass he is. But I got a little smile in this one.

And this is where he wished he lived:

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Rooftop covered in graffiti with lower Manhattan skyline in the back. Pretty cool. And here’s the view from the bridge a further down:

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We walked across the bridge to DUMBO and I showed him a secret I discovered down there one day – ok, so it’s not much of a secret but I had no idea of its existence and was thrilled to stumble upon when I did. I have to go back and photograph it soon, but for now it’s staying a secret.

Another thing I was happy to discover that night (and by discover I mean it was shown to me) was the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. That area is just beautiful in its own rite with the different brownstones and apartment buildings but the promenade was nice as well. There were older gentleman gathered around a bench singing what sounded like some old Irish tunes just for fun. Not husking, just singing to sing. So Brooklyn. There’s some construction going on underneath the promenade for what’s going to be what looks like a pretty big park – including a pool. Right now it just looks like a mess to me, a mess I needed to take a picture of.

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Yep, just another good night in Brooklyn, New York. I’m never going to get sick of this.

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I’m trying really hard not to make this a blog about ice cream, I can’t help that I like it so much!

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This weekend, to my mother’s dismay (she would have rather gone to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory) we stopped at Jacques Torres’ ice cream shop in Dumbo. It opened sometime in the past year and I was finally able to try it a month or two ago. I thought it was quite swell, their chocolate chip cookie ice cream has both chocolate chip cookies AND chocolate chunks in it. Yes, please.

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By the way, their Wicked chocolate ice cream is called that because it’s got a spice to it. We tried it but I think I’m a purist when it comes to chocolate. Or I just don’t really like spicy things. I think Chocolate Chip Cookie is the way to go.

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And afterward, we took a little walk towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Wasn’t a bad night.

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Ignore the blur, please. But look, I caught a plane in the sky!

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