New York is Wild Bum’s Place of the Month for December, and we are excited to talk more about it today! For this one, you’ll have to peel yourself away from Manhattan to visit it’s “big” sister, Brooklyn. There’s no way to see and do it all in just one day – but it’s possible to fall in love and maybe even end up staying the night. Be enchanted by the hipster vibes and hidden gems. Here are just a few suggestions on top spots in Brooklyn.
Step 1: Strut that Brooklyn Bridge and leave Manhattan in your wake. Find yourself in Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and snap that Insta-worthy view of the Manhattan Bridge at the corner of Washington and Front Street. While the likes are rolling in, check out local favorites like FEED Shop & Cafe, an impact-driven lifestyle brand, and Time Out Market, the best of the city under one roof. On Saturdays, browse Brooklyn Flea, the boroughs largest market for vintage, design, antiques, collectibles, and food.
One of this area’s foodiest dining destinations, Williamsburg is a great place to center around brunch or dinner. Get a taste of Lilia, Sunday in Brooklyn, The Commodore, The Four Horsemen, or Peter Luger Steak House to name just a few. While we are on the subject, sip on something at a Williamsburg staple like Brooklyn Brewery or Brooklyn Winery. Another unique experience in this hood is The Brooklyn Art Library with the largest sketchbook collection from over 130 countries.
Head to historical, architectural Brooklyn Heights by way of the Promenade. Soak up the stunning skyline views from across the water. Explore the interactive New York Transit Museum with plenty to see for all ages. And, of course, grab a NY slice at Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s or Dellarocco’s. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, check out Noodle Pudding a cash-only, Italian treasure.
Park Slope & Prospect Park
Park Slope is one of my personal favorites. You could fill an entire day with just Prospect Park alone. A 586 acre green oasis, Prospect Park is home to the Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum, Litchfield Villa, and the Boathouse. By night, walk Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, a strip of exciting restaurants and boutiques. Catch an underground, live comedy or music show at Union Hall.
Coney Island & Brighton Beach
If you’re ready for a trek (and have the time), Coney Island and Brighton Beach is always worth a day trip. It’s nearly impossible to talk about Brooklyn without at least mentioning the beachfront amusement park that is Coney Island. Known for its historic rides and street performers, Coney Island is a fun spot for all ages. On the flip side, Brighton Beach is the more laid-back sister beach to Coney Island, attracting locals and nighttime partiers.
This is just a sample of everything that Brooklyn has to offer. It’s easy to see that it could be explored for a full weekend or even week in itself. Whatever you do, don’t skip on New York City’s most populous borough.
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Growing up in New Jersey, Lindsey Leardi’s family frequented New York City throughout her childhood. Her father grew up in Brooklyn, and her sister now lives in Park Slope where she frequently visits her. She is an Architectural Associate with passion for blogging, travel and event planning.