Brooklyn Pride was pretty chill. It was extremely small comapared to the annual Manhattan Pride Parade, but then again, everything is small compared to the Manhattan Pride Parade. But Brooklyn Pride had more of the feel of a block party. Which, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing. What was really cool about it was that it was almost completely lacking all the corporate sponsorship and rampant mindless consumerism. I think the only corporate booths I saw at the street festival were Starbucks and Ikea (who both suck), and there were absolutely no corporate floats, which was such a relief. Very few politicians too. Borough President Marty Markowitz was there, sporting rainbow beads and a christmas tree light covered float, but Marty shows up at everything Brooklyn, and as he says "If you don't live in Brooklyn, you should move to Brooklyn."
from the subways to the rooftop gardens, from brooklyn to the bronx, from queens to staten island and manhattan, from washington heights to crown heights, from the beaches to the parks, from the faux dive-bars to the real dive bars, the brooklyn museum parties, vegan pizza by the slice, falafel from a cart, bodegas and the cats that live in them, street vendors and the vendy awards, the vegan dosa cart at washington square park, the turtle pond and the shakespeare gardens in central park, fair-trade cafes, the mud truck, the brooklyn brewery, vegan dim sum in chinatown, the transit museum, celebrate booklyn in prospect park, the koi pond at the brooklyn botanical gardens, the coney island museum and the freak bar, the free water taxi to red hook, joyriding the staten island ferry, going to the top of the rock even though i'm scared of heights... i fucking love new york city.