Gifted with two unscheduled hours on a bright Sunday afternoon—not enough to get out of town, but plenty of time for an escape—I grabbed my trusty MetroCard and ventured Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

My tenacity was rewarded with a glimpse of Tom Fruin’s Watertower II in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was making an all-too-brief stop for public viewing before heading to a buyer in Wisconsin.

Smorgasburg was in full force and effect; everything from hand-cured salami to artisanal popsicles could be found within the shell of the old Tobacco Warehouse.

Children and parents alike frolicked on Jane’s Carousel, rode bicycles along the paths near Pier 1, and formed a long, patient line outside the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

I turned my attention to window-shopping and street art appreciation. A brief window of free time having ended, I made my way back, under two bridges and across cobblestones, to the F train, but not before spotting the new venue location for St. Ann’s Warehouse. It may have been a short respite, but I considered it a scouting expedition of sorts, to make mental note of all the places I wish to visit when I return.

Photos: Amy Lee Pearsall

Dumbo, Brooklyn
Lonely Hearts Club
Lonely Hearts Club
Smorgasborg
Smorgasborg
Jane's Carousel
Jane's Carousel
Watertower II
Watertower II