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I Totally Get Brooklyn Now

By Bob on June 24, 2013 4:55 AM

Our son Cole has lived in Brooklyn, New York for almost two years now. It's been an adjustment for us almost as much as it's been for Cole. I said almost, because you can't appreciate what it's like to live somewhere until, well, you actually LIVE there.

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Since Charlotte and I aren't moving to Brooklyn anytime soon (who am I kidding, I might as well say ever), we have developed a deeper appreciation of the city. Every town comes with a pre-packaged stereotype.

People in New York think everyone in Texas wears a cowboy hat, drives a truck and owns a ranch (well if the stereotype fits...).

In Texas, we think New York's an urban jungle full of concrete, steel and people who are always in a hurry and call it NU-YAWK. Ok, part of that's true, too. But, the concrete and steel part?      

Not so fast.

Thanks to our Brooklyn-by-way-of-Colleywood-Texas-son, we're discovering there's a lot more to the city than Times Square and the monkey-on-meth hyperactivity of Midtown Manhattan. Brooklyn's the Big Apple's hip cousin and there's a lot of scenery if you know where to look.

Here's a look at one of our favorite walking tours up to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Yep, that's the Brooklyn Bridge. A guy tried to sell it to me on our first visit to the city.1- Brooklyn Bridge 4-600.jpg

Truman Capote lived over here

Nothing like this architecture in downtown Colleywood.2- Brooklyn Building-600.JPG
If you know where to look, there are parks small enough to fit in your pocket.3- Brooklyn Garden-600.JPG
The closer you get to Brooklyn Heights, the more architectural details you'll see. Truman Capote lived over here.4- Brooklyn Gate-600.jpg
This is the gateway to the promenade. When the weather is nice, even NU YAWKERS occupy the scores of park benches that line the pathway and just take in the view.5- Promenade-600.jpg 
And WHAT a view.6- Manhattan from the Promenade-600.jpg

I'll do a post sometime on Brooklyn after dark. That's a whole different scene. Until then, I'll leave you with one of our favorite Brooklyn hangouts.

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OK, maybe there's something to this whole stereotype thing after all.

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4 Skin-Kind Finds Under $30

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Finding the right skincare routine can be like walking a tightrope. I've gotta have beauty products strong enough to do the job without sending my sometimes sensitive skin over the edge.

That's why I like to play it safe with skin-kind finds like these. They're designed to deliver powerful results with no fear of unpleasant side effects. You can pick up these budget-friendly buys at your local Target, one of my regular haunts. (I shop Friday mornings to miss the crowd.) And now to the end of October, Target is offering special discounts on these and other fan favorites from Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC. (Check the end of this post for details.)

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When Charlotte and I aren't hip-deep in period dramas (Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge) we love a good crime story. Film Noir is my favorite genre (anybody up for Maltese Falcon, Diabolique or Elevator to the Gallows?) so we're always on the lookout for a new movie or series to scratch that itch.

Over the summer we hit the jackpot, by finding two gritty noir-ish series that satisfied our cravings. First we got hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. Then, we capped off our summer with the terrific Rectify from The Sundance Channel.

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