Bright Lights Bigger City: An Afternoon in Brooklyn

Normal people obsess over music, TV shows, royal babies, so on and so forth.  New Yorkers, on the other hand, obsess over neighborhoods.There’s always one neighborhood somewhere in the five boroughs that everyone says is “super hip,” or “up and coming,” and always with “great restaurants.” Currently, that neighborhood is Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood just across the East River from Manhattan. My roommate and I decided to buy into the neighborhood trend and spend a weekend afternoon in Brooklyn, just to see what all the hype was about.

Good bye, Manhattan

Good bye, Manhattan

We decided to take the East River Ferry instead of the subway over to Brooklyn. The ferry offered an awesome view of the eastern skyline of the city as well as the Brooklyn Bridge, and got us to Williamsburg in twenty minutes. From there, we walked to Smorgasburg, a famous outdoor food fair right on the banks of the East River that is open every Saturday.Each vendor was selling something totally unique.There was a grilled cheese stand, a Cambodian food vendor, and, my personal favorite, a stand that sold only pigs in a blanket (but really, how awesome is that?).

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

This is a dream come true

This is a dream come true

While we had a great time drooling over all the food (and I got a delicious iced coffee), we made the mistake of going to Smorgasburg on what I think was the hottest Saturday of the year thus far.We decided that there was no way we could east hot food while standing outside in the hot sun, and walked inland towards downtown Williamsburg to find an indoor place to eat. All the restaurants were quaint and crowded with brunch-goers; we ultimately found a café on Bedford Avenue and got paninis. From there, we walked around and explored the neighborhood. 

In Brooklyn, men can only wear skinny jeans

In Brooklyn, men can only wear skinny jeans

For me, Williamsburg was almost exactly what I expected Brooklyn to be like; cute boutique stores, hip restaurants punctuated by Italian delis, and lots of people dressed in various levels of hipster-ness. But that does not mean Brooklyn disappointed—it’s got many of the great things about New York, like great food and great shopping—along with a local town flavor that you won’t find in downtown New York City. It’s easy to see why people might choose to leave behind Manhattan in favor of a slightly quieter and smaller-scale neighborhood.

My hispter photo of graffiti

My hispter photo attempt

As for me, I’m a Manhattan loyalist.But, I’ll be back, Brooklyn. Just on a day when it’s not one hundred degrees out. There are pigs in a blanket calling my name.

Photos By Jillian Timko/Gavel Media

Name: Jillian Timko
School, major and year: Arts and Sciences, International Studies, 2014
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? I love the Gavel because it’s so new. We are still figuring out who we are as an organization and how far we can go. While this presents us with a clear set of challenges, it’s really fun to try different things and build our own identity.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day?
First, I would take them on an actual tour of the campus—it’s beautiful and deserves to be shown off. Then I would take them to a football tailgate, a hockey game, and to Marathon Monday. And we would eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Hillside – after an egg sandwich, a Panini, and a cheeseburger, who wouldn’t want to go to BC?
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?
I would tell myself to keep pushing to meet new people and try new things. It’s easy to get stuck in a groove you’re comfortable with, but you should never limit yourself like that—the people at BC and the school itself have so much to offer.
What is your favorite study spot on campus?
A classroom in Gasson, or the booths on the first floor of O’Neill.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night?
Usually mozzarella sticks, sometimes pizza…
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes?
Love and Memories by OAR
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn?
I was a gumball machine, along with our lovely editor-in-chief, and we rocked it.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
There’s this Italian restaurant called Bolu in my hometown. It’s always absolutely delicious, and it has enough variety on its menu to get me through the rest of my life.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why?
The characters on How I Met Your Mother. Mainly so I could experience the joy of high-fiving Barney Stinson all the time.

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