What’s Doing in Brooklyn?

By Jeremy Del Nero on 11 April 2013
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A less famous bridge: the Manhattan Bridge also leads to Brooklyn

A less famous bridge: the Manhattan Bridge also leads to Brooklyn

Brooklyn, the second largest yet most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, is home to over two and a half million residents.  If Brooklyn were its own city (which it was until 1898), it would be the fourth largest in the country.  Brooklyn is full of astonishing views, historic and diverse neighborhoods, eateries with tasty offerings, and many other attractions.

I moved to Brooklyn recently and have therefore only dipped my toes in the ocean of possibilities, but I’d like to share some of the cool things I’ve discovered.  Whether you’re visiting the city for a few days or  live in the area and are looking for an adventure, I hope this guide can serve as a handy introduction to the possibilities worthy of your attention.


Go For a Walk

A tree-lined street in Park Slope

A tree-lined street in Park Slope

Dozens of neighborhoods in Brooklyn are ready for exploration, each providing a different atmosphere and environment. Sometimes the best way to find hidden gems and lesser-known attractions is to traverse a neighborhood on foot.   Since you’ll probably have to take the subway first, nearby stops are included.

Brooklyn Heights offers breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan from its famous promenade (Clark St – 2, 3), where one may gaze at a stunning skyline, catch some fresh air or sit on a bench with a book and unwind. The neighborhoods of Park Slope (Union St – D, N, R) and Williamsburg (Bedford Ave – L) are full of strollable streets with no shortage of cafes and bookstores.

Both the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges have pedestrian and bike accessible walkways with magnificent views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (commonly referred to as “Dumbo”) is just north of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which is home to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dumbo (York St – F) has other attractions as well, such as Etsy Labs, known for its homemade goods and crafts.  On the first Thursday of the month, Dumbo opens up its shops and studios for a gallery walk.

Litchfield Villa (built in 1854) and Prospect Park

Litchfield Villa (built in 1854) and Prospect Park

Prospect Park (Prospect Park – B, Q, S) houses an endless maze of explorable paths, complete with grassy expanses, for relaxing or indulging in lawn sports, and small bodies of water for contemplation.  The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (Franklin Ave – 2, 3, 4, 5 & Botanic Garden – S) next to Prospect Park are well worth a visit to witness natural beauty in seemingly impossible proximity to its urban surroundings; prepare to be transported to a magical, peaceful and calming world.

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