It was early one Friday morning in March, the temperature a barmy and unseasonal 75
degrees, when I found myself walking through the sleepy streets of Dumbo, Brooklyn.
The melee of Manhattan’s morning rush hour slowly grew more prominent as a gentle
breeze whipped the buzz across the East River and around the warehouse buildings
that sat bathed in the morning’s golden light. Coffee in hand, I was pleased to be on
the quieter side of the river, soaking up the views of the striking, world-famous skyline
from a peaceful spot underneath the Manhattan Bridge. The rest was much needed as
a busy day lay ahead.
I was bound for Soho where I had a shopping date with Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo
of abcddesign.com, who was leading Modenus’ Blog Tour NYC around the district’s
home design gems. Having decided to take a leisurely stroll into Soho, I set off toward
the Brooklyn Bridge—one of my favorite routes into the city. Barring a few crazed
commuters on bikes, the journey from Brooklyn to downtown Manhattan across the
bridge made for a pleasant walk. The sky was as blue for as far as the eye could see,
and Manhattan’s skyline became less Toy Town–like and more real with every step.
Looking up to midtown I marvelled at the Empire State Building, its spire proudly
piercing the clear spring sky. Meanwhile,
the sun moved higher into the sky, its
rays dancing upon the Art Deco crown of
the Chrysler Building.