Home at last in Kensington Brooklyn

The pride of America flying from the front of our house

The pride of America flying from the front of our house

After 3 months living in a neigborhood that was central to so many great museums, attractions and Central Park in Manhattan, yet not quite my cup of tea, I am feeling very settled in our new home in Kensington!

It has everything that I wanted and everything all the apartment brokers said we could not have for the price we wanted in Brooklyn. Well, a big raspberry to them all, for less than we budgeted we have big sunny windows, a living and dining room, a backyard (the more New York style backyard seems to be more concrete than green, but that’s okay), a laundry room used only by 2 other apartments (I will miss sending my laundry out, but really not practical if I am going to use cloth nappies) and space and more space! By New York standards our house is palatial. I was not interested in living in a concrete box in the sky or below inconsiderately loud neighbors.

I’m happy we were picky and stood our ground with so many agents who tried to cramp our little 4 person family into tiny places in questionable neighborhoods.

Kensington is such a diverse neighborhood, it feels right to be in America’s largest urban city surrounded by everyone from Jewish, Caribbean, and Asian communities. The regular call to Mecca from the local Mosque throughout the day is just distant enough away to be peaceful and remind me to stop and appreciate my surroundings.

The neighborhood is friendly, people stop and say hi, the neighbors say welcome, and we have a slot car arena just around the corner! This neat place feels like a step back into the 80’s with old arcade games, vending machines and formica counter tops. Big Monkey nearly fainted when we walked past. He had just a few nights ago been researching slot cars and wether we should get some for Monkey #1 for Christmas. I think we’ll spend a bit of coin here on cold Saturday afternoons.

kids enjoying the one of a kind Buzz-a-rama slotcars in Kensington

kids enjoying the one of a kind Buzz-a-rama slotcars in Kensington

It’s not the best name for a liquor store, or any store for that matter, but they seem to have a decent selection of wines which I’ll only get to sample in a few months.

S.T.D liquor store is an unfortunate name for any business

S.T.D is an unfortunate name for any business

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12 Responses to Home at last in Kensington Brooklyn
  1. Anjanette @mommayoung
    Twitter: mommayoung
    December 14, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    The Slot Cars looks like a total blast!
    And yes I don’t the the acronym has helped their business, LOL!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 19, 2011 | 10:23 pm

      it is so old school, but alot of fun indeed.

  2. Elle
    Twitter: Elleberra
    December 15, 2011 | 12:24 am

    How long did it take you find that place? especially with all the nay saysers. Seems like you have been very lucky.

    Congratulations on finding a place!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 19, 2011 | 10:19 pm

      Thank you! Sorry for the late reply! It took a solid month of my husband looking…after we’d just had a newborn. But, that’s kinda the way it works here. Rentals go on the market the 1st of the months for rental the following first of the month. If it’s been up there for longer then it’s probably not a good rental.

  3. Elle
    December 15, 2011 | 12:42 am

    Oh yea you need a share plugin that doesn’t require connecting to twitter. Or at least doesn’t ask my permission.

    I would tweet and share a lot more if it didn’t have this thingy asking me to give it permission to share my twitter info.

    Poop on that. And I should stay the heck out of my hubbys beer. Just sayin.
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 19, 2011 | 10:17 pm

      Hi Elle, not sure what you mean? A plugin/app isn’t allowed to access your twitter account w/o your permission. I personally wouldn’t want a third party app to access w/o my permission…But I might ask around and see what others think. Thanks for the feedback :)

  4. Diane @ Philzendia
    Twitter: Philzendia
    February 9, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    Oh wow, didn’t know about Buzz-a-rama. Will definitely have to take the little one there next time I come back home to Kensington. He’s a car fanatic!
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  5. Elle
    Twitter: Elleberra
    May 4, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    It looks nice…for a city. LOL. I would so miss my huge yard…but you do seem to have a lot of neat stuff withing walking distance. That must be nice.

    I’m glad you stuck to your guns and found what you wanted!
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