AUTHOR SANEL HUSKANOVIC / CATEGORY BROOKLYN / PUBLISHED: AUGUST-19-2019
A day isn't long enough to explore Brooklyn, but sometimes it's all you can sacrifice in New York. If you want to have a truly "local like" experience like true New Yorkers, but can only spend one day in Brooklyn, I'll tell you where to go, what not to miss and how to best do it all in one day completed.
If you are coming from Manhattan, first go to Lower Manhattan and cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Yes, it's a tourist magnet, but it's stunning and shouldn't be missed. This piece of architectural magic was the first thing to connect the two parts of the city, eliminating the need for a ferry. Instead, people were able to cross the East River on foot, horse-drawn carriages or bicycles when the bridge opened in 1869.
DUMBO - D own Under M anhattan B ridge O miss - The Brooklyn side of the bridge ends in DUMBO, a very historic and quite trendy neighborhood. Both the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge end in this neighborhood, just a few blocks from each other. You've probably already seen the iconic image above. We pass this street on our Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn tour .
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park has one of the best views of Lower Manhattan. Explore the shops and cobblestone streets of DUMBO, but please avoid Grimaldi Pizza. It's not even close to the best pizza in town and you don't want to be one of those mindless tourists queuing for an hour for a subpar slice of pizza. I have written my top 10 for you here .
First, take the NYC ferry from DUMBO to Williamsburg. You can read how NYC Ferry works here . Get off at the South Williamsburg stop and walk under the Williamsburg Bridge to Domino Park . Great water views and my favorite taco spot in town, Tacocina. One of the city's best taco restaurants, this little shack offers other tasty bites right on the water for less than $4. From there, head north to Kent Street to 7 Street. There's Smorgasburg , a huge weekly food festival (Saturdays!) and its new food truck counterpart (Fridays!) in East River State Park, right on the water. Both are crowded and full of “influencers” who position Pineapple precariously in portrait mode but are a great way to sample some amazing local dishes.
After all that eating at Smorgasburg, head east to Bedford Ave (the main street in Williamsburg) for shops and the like. Ideally it is sunset time and you are also close to William Vale and Wythe Hotel. William Vale is the tallest publicly accessible building in the borough, offering unparalleled skyline views and damn good cocktails. However, it is very touristy. The Wythe Hotel across the street is high enough to see everything and has a much nicer atmosphere.
Night is slowly falling and it's time for dinner. Head north to Greenpoint (for many, the best neighborhood in Brooklyn) and explore the fantastic shops along Franklin Street. Grab dinner at one of my favorite places
- Chez Ma Tante (French-Canadian/British inspired and probably the best food in North Brooklyn)
- Le Fanfare (Sardinian-Italian place, Amazing fresh pasta and seafood)
- Oxomoco (one of two Michelin star Mexican restaurants in the city. AMAZING food)
- Paulie Gee's (the #1 pizza place you need to try in Greenpoint. Incredible and a neighborhood institution.)
- Cherry Point (mainly British, meat-focused, insanely talented chef)
- El Born (authentic Spanish tapas and paella!)
I recommend making a reservation at one of these places! Then grab a drink at Ramona, Troost or Moonlight Mile.
Still have some energy left? Work it out on the dance floor at the Good Room (trendy, techno-oriented club with world-class DJs but an appealing atmosphere) or at Pony Boy (wild dance parties for a young crowd). But if you really want to party at midnight, grab a cab and head to Bushwick for a crazy dance party at the House of Yes (part circus, part dance club). This eccentric space was created by a few avid Burning Man fans. Brooklyn Mirage is a different shed (MASSIVE indoor/outdoor space, the best place to party outside of Ibiza).
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