the Beiteddine of Brooklyn
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on August 7, 2008
It may have been wishful thinking.
Or it may have been that I didn’t get enough sleep the night before.
Yesterday I looked up during my walk to the gym, rather than straight ahead or – ahem! – at the shop windows. And I saw something familiar – wooden mashrabiya-style additions to a stone (well, brick) building:
It looks so Lebanese, I thought to myself as I pulled out my camera. I can’t wait to get home and compare it to the photograph I took at Beiteddine.
When I did, I realized that the two approaches to wooden building extensions weren’t quite as similar as I had thought. Here’s the photograph of Beiteddine:
Well, it was 6:00 AM. As you can see, Beiteddine’s build-out is a bit more elaborate, not to mention bigger – kind of like Beiteddine itself compared to the brick building.
But I loved feeling, at least for a little while, that a direct connection between New York and Lebanon existed just a few blocks away.