I recently read an article describing how many places and apartments in Brooklyn are now more expensive to rent than in Manhattan. This development has made this borough hip and cool, and many tourists coming to New York don’t only spend all of their vacation visiting Manhattan. They’ve expanded their horizon to the East of New York, which is now past up-and-coming and now instead has become the place to be. I, myself, love Brooklyn, its streets with big trees and brownstone houses, the culture, the different people that all live here together, and the fact that due to the multi-cultural scene here, you can walk one block and have ten different restaurants that all serve different food from all over the world. That is the real New York City! I have her collected some of my personal favorite things to do when in Brooklyn, NYC.
Seven cool things to do in Brooklyn
♥ Brooklyn Heights promenade + Dumbo walk
Take a couple of hours to do a long walk around the water side of the borough – from Brooklyn Heights to Dumbo. On that walk, you will pass the amazing townhouses overlooking the water that separates Brooklyn from Manhattan and the Manhattan skyline. Lucky bastards that live here! After that, you reach Brooklyn Bridge Park. From here, you can see two of the great New York City bridges, Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. They are both amazing. Walk further and you will reach Dumbo – which stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Dumbo is a cool area, and here (especially addressed to Gossip Girl fans) Dan’s iconic apartment can be found on Washington Street/Water street). This exact spot gives you a great view of Manhattan Bridge. If you look closely you can discern Empire State Building in between the bridge.
♥ Walk – or even bike the Brooklyn Bridge
It simply has to be on this list, because a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge never gets old. The bridge is iconic and a must.
♥ Try the biggest ice cream at Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
An ice cream store inside of an old pharmacy that serves the biggest ice cream creations and sundaes ever seen? Of course, you have to go there! Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain is a full-on cool spot. It has a cute pink bench sitting outside. On the inside, the original remains and interior from the pharmacy are still present. Brooklyn Farmacy serves both food, massive milkshakes, insane cakes, and offers some extreme choices when it comes to ice cream. Try a sundae of broken dreams. It is a sundae that combines sweet and salty with vanilla ice cream, pretzels, whipped cream, and caramel sauce. The ice cream creations also come in half sizes if you are afraid that you will catch diabetes.
513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
♥ Take a walk on Fulton Street
If you want to see the original, real and authentic Brooklyn, Fulton Street in Bedstuy is the place to go to. This lively street is where you will see people from all over the world all busy doing their thing. Here, you can buy cheap and cool sneakers, find inexpensive clothes, get your nails done, your hair cut, try cheap eyelash extensions, or simply just enjoy the atmosphere of real Brooklyn. Tourists are definitely a rare thing here than most other places in NYC.
♥ Visit The Brooklyn Museum for great art exhibitions
Not only is the Brooklyn Museum located on a beautiful street in a beautiful building, the museum is also a great place to go. The museum holds a mix of permanent exciting collections as well as temporary exhibitions. Pay Brooklyn Museum a visit and get to see art from old age Egyptian time to exhibitions such as Basquiat’s private notebooks, or the rise of sneaker culture.
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
A newly opened bar with a big outdoor area plus a taco truck, Chilo’s sets the perfect atmosphere for a fun time with friends. Sit down in the yard with a drink or two, chill, and listen to music. If you get hungry, the taco truck is there to fulfill your needs serving a selection of tacos with different fillings.
323 Franklin Ave, NY 11238, USA
♥ Visit Williamsburg – the hipster capital of the world
Although Brooklyn has more to offer than the hipster capital, Williamsburg, it’s a must to explore this part of town. To go people-watching in Williamsburg is a fun activity. Wander the streets. Sit down in a hip café and order a flat white. Simply spend some time looking at hipsters and other inhabitants of Williamsburg.