Three reasons to love Brooklyn......

There are lots of reasons that are easy to find to not love Brooklyn so much.  It's crowded, it smells bad in the summer, it's pretty noisy a lot of the time.  But man, there are a lot of reasons to love it too.  My upstairs neighbor Ruth told me once that New York City is like a relationship, and that there are love periods and hate periods, and in between periods. In the summer when it's 100 degrees and I am slave to my air conditioner that is belching the stink of the street into our living room, I'm ready to move to California, literally spending every waking minute trying to figure out how to move our life westward.   But today? In the snow?   I'm in a love period.  Here are three reasons why....

Things left on stoops, free for the taking, that remind me of my Grandma's Cottage......
Recycling tied up in brown strings that make me think of Julie Andrews and her favorite things....

Details everywhere, like this recessed handle to the basement trap door of my favorite Ramen Restaurant.....