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Brooklyn is such a perfect little hub of culture and beauty. Most people come to New York to see Manhattan, but we think that Brooklyn is where NY’s true beauty is. All of the Free People Brooklyn girls live and work in Brooklyn! We want to take you on a little tour of one of our neighborhood’s prized possessions, Prospect Park!

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Prospect Park is 585 acres of gorgeous grass, pond, trees, and sights that touches a handful of neighborhoods that surround it. Summer is when Prospect Park shines; Brooklynites all around the borough come to relax and plant their toes in the grass and enjoy all the events the park hosts.

The Green Market is one of my favorite parts of spring/summer in Prospect Park. It’s a beautiful farmers market that brings produce, dairy, meats and treats from upstate to Grand Army Plaza

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The Green market offers vast varieties of vendors! Anything you can imagine you’ll find at the Green Market; fruits, fish, product, meats, herbs, plants, and delicious treats!

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If you are in New York and are looking for a way to treat yourself to amazing foods, stop by the Green Market!

And, I took a different path on my way to the Brooklyn Free People after leaving the Green Market  and I came across the most beautiful mosaic house around the corner from our store. It pays off taking a different route every once and awhile :)

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<3 Free People Brooklyn

hawthorne girl -Jun 30, 2011, 4:30PM
i love the little free people store on smith street in brooklyn. my freind lives right down the street from it. i agree, brooklyn is so much more charming than the city. it totally reminds me of my city of portland, or.
Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness -Jun 29, 2011, 3:07PM
I kick myself all the time for living just outside the city and never having been to Brooklyn! Definitely on my agenda this summer, especially the farmer's market!

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…is a house with a porch. Read more »

dancingelf -Jul 10, 2012, 7:07PM
Does anyone know what type of flowering vine is in the second picture?
Dreambox -Sep 06, 2011, 10:47PM
A dream that is dying. I have to do it.

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UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

i have another gorgeous piece from our summer store displays to give away! this amazing rope swirl tapestry was hand-made by our talented display team using rope, various brightly colored strings and pom poms and tassels inspired by india.  hang it on your wall, use it as a carpet in a hallway, a table runner – whatever your heart desires! one thing’s for sure- no one else will have anything like it :)

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this tapestry is actually two pieces – so you can take it apart and hang them separately or keep it as one long piece!

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lots of you are asking for a diy – you’re in luck, we did one :) find it here.

Gigi -Nov 01, 2014, 5:05PM
Hello, I would like to have this rug. Where to buy it Thanks! Gigi
Amber -Mar 22, 2014, 9:10AM
Beautiful! Would look great in my new craft room I'm planning!! But how do I enter?

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the errant charm is a superb soundtrack for an afternoon idyll…” Read more »

Keely -Jun 30, 2011, 9:53PM
Some current albums that are on my summer playlist are City and Colour - Little Hell (amazing cd) Bon Iver - Bon Iver My Morning Jacket - Circuital
rey cole -Jun 29, 2011, 5:45PM
i just got back TODAY from a 2 1/2 week stay in the richmond district (swoon). miss it so much already, but these tunes will make me smile until i get back there! xo

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things got a liiiitle bit crazy lately but i haven’t forgotten about the book club! any suggestions for an inspiring but not-too-heavy summer read?

leave ‘em below!

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Diane -May 10, 2012, 2:29PM
Chuck Palahnkiuk books! Such as Rant and Fight Club
nats -Oct 01, 2011, 3:43PM
Hui Wei ''Shanghai baby''

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are you following us on instagram?

p.s. one of these photos is from our september catalog shoot, can you guess which one? ;)

monie -Jun 29, 2011, 4:53AM
Love instagram!
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truly an inspiration. ^-^

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one of our lovely readers, mae, made the second image… so inspiring.

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Kia -Jun 29, 2011, 12:39PM
thats so inspiring. free to be..you! :) <3 it~
Aqilah -Jun 29, 2011, 3:00AM
I love Mae!

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As promised, this week’s recipe is one of the many delicious meals from my recent camping trip in the Adirondack Mountains. The bare essentials and need for practicality reminded me how good simple foods like a plain sandwich can be. Even though I got a bit fancier than that for this dinner, there is still a quality of simplicity to the meal that I really like. The challenge of cooking with limited resources was fun and allowed me to get creative. This recipe can be prepared over an open fire or using a grill – I’ll show you how to do it both ways.

Kabob Ingredients:

½ Red Pepper

1 Small Carton of Whole Baby Portabella Mushrooms

1 Small Sweet Onion

½ Zucchini

½ Lb. Bay Scallops

¼ Cup Olive Oil

½ Lemon

1Tbsp. Fisherman’s Wharf All Natural Seafood Seasoning

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Wooden or Metal Kabob Skewers

Basting Brush

Bruschetta Ingredients:

½ Loaf of Pesto Seasoned Bread

¼ Cup Olive Oil

½ Lemon

1 Tbsp. Fisherman’s Wharf All Natural Seafood Seasoning

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We bought all of the ingredients from local mom and pops stores. If you do the same, your kabobs and bruschetta could turn out completely different, but you can still follow the same process.

Instructions:

Slice Lemon in half. Mix together squeeze juice from one half and mix with with olive oil & seasoning for the kabobs. Set aside.
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Break off 2 ft. piece of tinfoil. Fold over each edge.

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Fold up each side making a wall – pinch together at corners.081

Fold over the corners so that they will not leak.083

Slice red pepper, onion, and zucchini into fairly large wedge-shaped pieces.

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Slide ingredients onto skewers in random order until all are used up. As you finish skewers lay them onto the tinfoil.111

Baste skewers using entire lemon/oil/seasoning mixture.112

Slice desired amount of bread for bruschetta.114

Make anther – smaller – tinfoil boat to place the bread slices into. Mix together bruschetta olive oil, seasoning, and juice from remaining lemon. Baste both slides of each bread slice with the mixture.

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To cook over the open fire, cover tinfoil boats with another piece of tinfoil.127

You want to separate logs and create a nice spot over hot coals to place the food.129

Let cook for about 15-20 min, depending on how hot your coals are. Use a fire mitt when checking to see if they’re cooked or removing them from the fire. Once scallops are cooked, they won’t have that cloudy/clear look they have when they’re raw.135

You can also cook everything on the grill. Put the kabobs on first. After about 10minutes add the bruschetta and let grill for another 5-10 minutes.

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Enjoy the tasty meal =)

Mollie -Jun 29, 2011, 10:45AM
I live like 8 miles from Wilmington! Glad you had fun
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what a brilliant idea… dear photograph asks people to “take a picture of a picture from the past in the present.” something about these images makes me sad, not in a bad way, but in a nostalgic, why-do-things-have-to-change kind of way.

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check it out (and submit your own!) here.

Paul -Jun 28, 2011, 1:41PM
Awesome way to jazz up layout images, Thanks for posting this. -Paul
Emmy -Jun 27, 2011, 11:41AM
This is SUCH a unique and amazing idea. Thanks for sharing!! -Emmy www.sprinklesoneverything.wordpress.com

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DO: Plant something

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It’s no secret that humans adore flowers and plants…we love being surrounded by this peaceful form of life. Today, or sometime this week, begin to expand your own oasis. Whether inside or outside, flowers can create the perfect environment for thought and creativity. Planting is also a fun project because there are so many ways to go about it. Scrounge for neat flower pots, add stones, display terrariums, drape viney plants over a wall – you’ll never get bored coming up with ideas. Even if you don’t plant it for yourself, you can plant a tree somewhere so it can be a joy for somebody else. By planting something you are making a dedication to beauty and tranquility, and doing something good for the earth =)

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BohoQueen -Jun 25, 2011, 4:56PM
I really want to plant my own garden, but I never have time! :( Someday, I will fit it in with my busy schedule! xoxo
Lana Thompson -Jun 25, 2011, 1:57PM
Yay!! I just "adopted" a plant from one of my friends and planted it last night. Did you know there are plant clubs where you trade plants?!? Amazing. peacelovebear.blogspot.com

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here at the navy yard, every day is bring your dog to work day :) but in honor of the national holiday, here are some of our furry friends at the office today. we love our dogs!

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lou and her boyfriend kody :)

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natasha @ twenty-something blog -Jun 24, 2011, 8:50PM
How cute! I have a yorkie too :) xo, tasha twenty-something blog enter my jcrew giveaway!
Taylor -Jun 24, 2011, 5:03PM
Phillies game tonight...I can see the home office from the bridge! :) These pups are too cute! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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this adorable fabric headband caught my eye yesterday…and our buyer who is wearing it had a great idea! you can make these with old free people bags :) i know i, for one, have about ten of them lying around so i decided to try it out! Read more »

Anna -Dec 09, 2011, 12:39PM
super super simple. yet very stylish. I think, based on the fabric you used, it's much better to use printed or colorful fabrics.
Kb -Jun 28, 2011, 12:41AM
How long was the fabric you used? I'm having issues making it into a turban.

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