Brooklyn has a lot of Creatives, doing a lot of creating during this quarantine. like Cooking, Music workshops, Tutorials like Apple Garage Band, or learning how to speak another language! Or try the FREE trial at Duolingo.
Quarantine seems to be the new normal, at least for the immediate future as the COVID-19 pandemic flips our world and our life as we know it. TrulyBrooklyn is your go-to resource to discover cool things to do in the borough, with recommendations coming from true-school Brooklyn representatives. But the world is different today, as opposed to when we did the March #DoBrooklyn itinerary. April’s #DoBrooklyn is highlighting Brooklyn at your fingertips, as we proceed with a continued lockdown of public places, self quarantines, and social distancing.
Times are certainly stressful, so starting your day on a powerful note could be all the difference in maintaining sanity in the midst of self-quarantine, working from home and social distancing. Perhaps a mindful meditation session, led by Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, can set a positive tone for your day. Click here to check out his 20 minute meditation ritual, hosted on his office’s Youtube page.
The County Of Kings has a reputation for street art, which is well deserved. The Bushwick Collective, the open-air gallery comprised of multiple graf and mural filled streets, in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, draws people from all over the world. The collective goes for several blocks and is filled with amazing alfresco murals, painted by some of the top artists from around the world. It’s part of the global street-art culture, so while you’re at home, self quarantined and social distancing, you can go on an audio tour of street art from different parts of the world, see online exhibitions of cities and artists, and just enjoy the beauty of street art from a global perspective, via Google Art Project.
#QuarantineGoals seems to rest heavily on learning new things, and since you’ve likely worked up an appetite after all of that online traveling, why not dive into the kitchen for some culinary instruction. Brooklyn loves Italian cuisine and normally will flock to restaurants like Romans in Clinton Hill, Frankies 457 Sputino in Carrol Gardens, or Lilia in Williamsburg, so why not take advantage of free, virtual cooking classes offered by Netflix Chef’s Table star Massimo Bottura, patron chef of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy which has been listed in the top 5 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010.
Bottura recently opened Gucci Osteria, his first North American restaurant in Beverly Hills last month, in a gorgeous third-floor space above Gucci’s retail outlet and was quickly smacked by COVID-19 and the mandatory closings, so he’s eager to be back in the kitchen, sharing his passion with you. Classes are on the chef’s personal Instagram page. And it makes sense to include the kids in the kitchen tutorials, so head on over to Delish.com, where they have a cooking class for kids every weekday at 1pm, for dishes like fruity pebbles milkshakes, cheeseburger cups, and my favorite, Rainbow Spaghetti!!
If after a long day of homeschooling, the students are about to get expelled and the principal is in her office drinking chardonnay from the bottle, a more terrifying thought might not exist, than how to make the youngsters go nite-nite.
Putting kids to sleep has been an age-old difficulty, but is a unique challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help put the kiddies to bed, why not have a celebrity read them a story!
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. We recommend you listen to Esai Morales, a Brooklyn native best know for playing Lieutenant Tony Rodriquez on long-running ABC show NYPD Blue. Gotta lookout for the home team!
A sketchbook is like a peek into the private, inner thoughts of a visual artist and similar to rough recordings from musicians and singers. The Sketchbook Project has a library collection of 25,000 of these sketchbooks and they’re scanned into a digital library that you can search and view on their website. Perhaps you can find some creative inspiration from the sketchbooks, while you’re quarantined at home and now could be the perfect time to order a new sketchbook and fill it up with your own art.
Words: @Dickburroughs was here.
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