Day two in Brooklyn has been rainy and dreary. We had an unfortunate surprise when we discovered that our Manhattan lodging (which we had arranged through Craigslist months ago and paid a $400 deposit) was apparently a scam. We called and emailed the guy to set up a time for him to give us the key to his place, but he never returned our messages. Turns out there’s a guy in the UK who also pre-paid for this particular apartment, and he was also scammed out of the deposit. So, live and learn….that’s our first truly negative Craigslist transaction. Hopefully we will be able to track down “Lucas Bailey” and at least put an end to his good Paypal standing. So we spent about half the day trying to find new lodging in Manhattan, where we would be close to the Javits Center, but to no avail. The only places available were way out of our price range, and there were precious few places even available. Fortunately, Frances, our B & B proprietress, had a cancellation and was able to give us a room for the rest of our trip. It’s not close to Javits, but it’s affordable, comfortable and now we know the neighborhood.
For dinner we went to a little place called Sam’s. I’ll post some pics if I can figure out how to do it. It was a stereotypical family Italian restaurant, with Louie the owner taking our order (a large pie, as he wrote on our ticket before we even ordered anything) and the brother-in-law bringing out the pizza. It was a throwback to another time, and delicious.