I love throwbacks and vintage& I enjoy meandering through shops that feature items from bygone days, things from my youth. I smile when I see 60’s and 70’s memorabilia like trolls, Route 66 signs, K-Way jackets, giant erasers, bell bottom jeans.
Brooklyn is full of such items and places to buy them like under the Manhattan bridge on a flea market day. Even dishes that once graced my table are now “vintage” and I realize with horror that I am probably vintage too…
Mostly I’m glad that we have evolved and many changes have brought more comfort but we could use a little more innocence and joy in shared experiences.
Drive -in movies were common when I was young. I remember seeing the first Star Wars movie (known now as A New Hope) at a drive -in movie theatre when I was seventeen.
40 years later, I had the pleasure of stepping back in time and immersing myself in the very cool experience of an outdoor movie courtesy of a rooftop cinema in Brooklyn. It’s now “in vogue” to see movies outside the traditional setting, and it was oh so charming.
On a lovely warm September evening, my daughter and I enjoyed a flick atop a brick warehouse. We arrived to see a young man standing outside a nondescript black metal door. It was like entering a slick and secret world, where upon showing our tickets we were buzzed in, and after climbing an endless set of stairs we walked out onto a rooftop with hanging lights, a bar and a server who equipped us with headsets, our popcorn and our instructions for listening. The view was spectacular and I was able to get a few shots in before the light faded completely.
We chose our seats among other movie buffs, popped open our wine ( you can bring your own drinks!) and settled back to enjoy the flick. Movies by moonlight-that should be the name of this experience.
It was a perfect place to enjoy being in the company others where we shared a fun and “dated” experience. As someone pointed out to me, they are popping up everywhere so maybe drive-ins won’t be far behind. I cannot wait.
Brooklyn-you don’t disappoint. I’ll be back someday to see what else has made its way back into being cool.