Meet Kate Schmitz & Harry, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Meet Kate Schmitz & Harry, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Kate Schmitz still remembers the first time she set eyes on the now uber-hip and family-centric outpost of Williamsburg. “It was 1986 and I never even thought about Brooklyn,” says the native of Manhattan's Upper West Side. But big-sky views convinced her to move in and set up shop. She's stayed for 30 years.

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Colette Linton-Meyer’s Cobble Hill Ballet is the Happiest Ballet School in Brooklyn

Colette Linton-Meyer’s Cobble Hill Ballet is the Happiest Ballet School in Brooklyn

There are some obvious differences between the rural Midlands of England, where Colette Linton-Meyer grew up, and brownstone Brooklyn, NY, where she and her family now make their home. Cows, for starters. Cowsheds, for another—including the converted cowshed in which, at age 3, she was introduced to dance by a beloved teacher who taught her students, above all, to love freedom of movement. There’s also at least one critical, but less overt, anomaly: “In Shropshire,” says Linton-Meyer, “there were more pubs per square foot. Here, there are more children.” For Linton-Meyer, more children could only mean: the necessity for a ballet school. 

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