What’s Doing in Brooklyn?

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WHERE TO EAT

Outdoor art in Dumbo

Outdoor art in Dumbo

All of this exploring is tiring and hunger-inducing. Stop by the popular Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick (Morgan Ave – L) to get a slice worth writing home about. Grab a frozen yogurt crafted from local milk at Culture in Park Slope (Union St – D, N, R). Travel into the past at St. Mazie’s underground speakeasy tavern in Williamsburg (Bedford Ave – L), where reasonably priced drinks and pub food in a prohibition-era setting may be enjoyed.

Indulge in creatively decorated fresh doughnuts from Dough (Classon Av – G) in Bedford Stuyvesant or take your sweet tooth to Jacques Torres Chocolate for delectable artisan chocolates in Dumbo (High St – A, C). Grab some high quality meats at Los Paisanos in Cobble Hill (Bergen St – F, G) or visit Caputo’s Fine Foods in Carroll Gardens (Carroll St – F, G) for an extensive cheese selection.

For a niche ethnic experience – head over to Bushwick and get some arancini at Arancini Bros (Morgan Ave – L, Flushing Ave – J). Arancini are fried Italian rice balls filled with sweet or savory fillings. If you brought lederhosen with you, go to Café Steinhof, an Austrian pub in Park Slope, for authentic Spätzle, Wiener Schnitzel, and Gulasch.  Have a wild experience at Sea, the affordably futuristic Thai restaurant in Williamsburg (Bedford Ave – L) that boasts a shallow indoor pool and giant Buddha statue.  Don’t hesitate to walk right into that coffee shop or hole-in-the-wall burrito place that you happen to be passing by. Most of all don’t limit yourself; try something new and explore different food options.  And no visit to downtown Brooklyn could be called complete without a stop at Junior’s (DeKalb Av – B, Q, R) for a diabetic coma inducing portion of the restaurant’s world renowned cheesecake.

GETTING THERE

Walking path in Prospect Park

Walking path in Prospect Park

New York City (and all of its boroughs) serves as a major domestic and worldwide transportation hub. By air, Brooklyn is most easily accessible via John F Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports. Locally journeying visitors can travel into the city by local trains or longer distance rail services. Trains will most likely arrive at Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal, both of which offer immediate and convenient subway connections to destinations in Brooklyn. Driving into the city is of course possible, but not recommended. With so many options for public transportation and the widespread subway coverage, a car is almost a hindrance, but unlike Manhattan, free parking is abundant in Brooklyn; open spaces, however, may not be.

WHERE TO STAY

While many people choose to stay in Manhattan, there are several excellent options for accommodations in Brooklyn, most of which are immediately accessible by subway or bus service. The Fairfield Inn and Suites New York of Brooklyn is only a few blocks from the massive Atlantic Avenue subway station and within walking distance of Prospect Park. The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, although not located where its name suggests, is situated in downtown Brooklyn and will provide guests with the familiar comfortable experience associated with the name. Not too far away is the Nu Hotel, known for its sunny rooms and enjoyable dining options.

BOTTOM LINE

Given its many attractions Brooklyn can be a daunting place to visit and the experience can be overwhelming for those without a plan.  Focusing on a specific neighborhood is a good way to manage your time and energy.  Remember, it’s better to explore one area in depth than to have a bunch of unmemorable and fleeting experiences while trying to take in everything.

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