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Brooklyn Art Library

We had another lovely day discovering a little more of Brooklyn, around Williamsburg.


Straight off the L train after the river, you emerge on Bedford Avenue. We have a few favourite haunts there including the indoor market and MeMe Antenna, where I picked up a lovely old blue Pyrex dish, a bargain because it had no lid, fine by me!


We then wandered down towards the river on 3rd and unexpectedly discovered Brooklyn Art Library, home of the Sketchbook Project. I’d heard about this and there it was!


You can buy a simple blank Sketchbook for $25, take it away, work on it, then send it back to be included in the library. They have shelves of thousands of individual works, sent back from all over the world.


It is also a meeting place for Art House members and has a little shop with vintage nic nacs and art supplies.


Then we found a little 50’s diner converted into a bar and it just happened to be happy hour, would you know it!


Crossing back over Bedford I saw a sign with a Union Jack on it pointing us towards Grace & Favor. A British Design Store run by the lovely Andrea, with artists work on the walls, pictures of the queen, top notch wallpaper and some very striking winged chandeliers (sorry no pics, you’ll have to check out the website!)

Another lovely day, following our noses and finding treasure.



11 comments on “Brooklyn Art Library

  1. Teresa Morgan
    November 28, 2013

    sounds absolutely fabulous ! lucky girl .. thanks for sharing ..

    • mandymunroe
      November 29, 2013

      It’s Godinton Art Fair this weekend if you fancy an arty trip of your own πŸ™‚

  2. craftysorcha
    November 28, 2013

    I like the sound of that sketchbook project, thanks for sharing it with us! I think I will participate!

    • mandymunroe
      November 29, 2013

      I’m sure they will send you a book, check the website out πŸ™‚

      • craftysorcha
        December 3, 2013

        I did and I ordered a sketch book! πŸ™‚

      • mandymunroe
        December 3, 2013

        Well done you!

  3. Tansy Martin
    November 28, 2013

    Hoping to return to New York next year so will definitely put this on my itinerary – love the idea of all those sketch books. The diner looks like it will go on the list too.

    • mandymunroe
      November 29, 2013

      Oooh, let me know when you’re over. The cocktails at the diner weren’t the best, can show you better!

      • mandymunroe
        January 15, 2014

        Watched the movie Men in Black over New Year and there was the diner! Small world!

  4. niftthrift
    November 28, 2013

    I love libraries! I have also heard about the Sketchbook Project but haven’t participated yet. Were you allowed to touch or look through the books if you wanted?

    • mandymunroe
      November 29, 2013

      Oh yes, and sit down and enjoy them. There were also little installations in the drawers so you can open them too.

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