If youve walked along the southeast corner of Flatbush and 7th Avenues recently, you may have noticed what seems like a new mural bolted to a brick building there, and, if youve been in the neighborhood long enough, experienced a sense of déjà vu. It could be youve seen the mural before, years ago. Or perhaps, if you look closer, you recognize yourself amongst the photographs of people looking at that same wall, or passing by it.
Ive lived in Brooklyn for thirteen years, meaning I have at least five more to go until I can say I grew up here. And, while Im still decades away from establishing the kind of family history many have in Brooklyn, I have been here long enough to see some pretty significant changes.
When foraging with the Wildman Steve Brill, you dont feel like youll get lost. Nor do you feel that you will drop dead from eating the plants and mushrooms he deems okay to eat. But you do feel a bit like you are hanging out with the host of a childrens program complete with safari hat and Brillophone, an instrument he makes using his mouth and hands.
When Yvette Woodard heard that 20 percent of the 321 units in the Court House apartments in downtown Brooklyn were going to be affordable to low-income tenants, she thought it sounded too good to be true, but she applied anyway.
The priest was called by the hospital in the middle of the night. A patient was gravely ill. An anointment was needed.