Visiting Brooklyn: A Mini Guide to Getting Around
I’ve been to New York plenty of times, but one of my favorite cities to visit is Brooklyn. This city is full of artistic people and places, historical areas, and hole-in-the-wall coffee shops. Aside from being a city full of artistic people, it is also one of the most populous boroughs.
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Where to go
If you have never been to Brooklyn, then the Brooklyn Bridge Park should be on your to-do list. The Brooklyn Bridge Park is a waterfront park along the East River. Here you will see the Brooklyn Bridge, which is one of the oldest bridges in the United States. The park offers plenty to do, such as kayaking, swimming, and fun monthly events. You can experience Brooklyn as a local and catch a glimpse of the beautiful architecture around New York.
If you want to see more of the Brooklyn art scene, visit the Bushwick Collective Street Art. This isn’t an indoor place, but rather an area full of street art covering the walls of Brooklyn. If you admire art, you must see this.
For a more entertaining experience such as an amusement park, Coney Island is the place to be. Coney Island is an attraction that operates during some seasons. This attraction features more than 50 separate rides and delicious food. There is no shortage of restaurants to enjoy on Coney Island, known for being the birth place of the hot dog.
Where to eat
When people think of New York, people think of pizza. Sure enough, this is definitely something to try when in New York, but aside from pizza, there are a few other things to try while visiting the wonderful city of Brooklyn.
As mentioned, Coney Island is a great place to try some delicious food; from hot dogs to burgers, you have a variety at your fingertips. If you’re looking for something more than a fast food joint, Brooklyn is filled with wonderful restaurants such as Frankies Spuntino. This restaurant offers delicious Italian meals in a cozy setting.
If you want to visit a charming and quaint restaurant with a magnificent view, The River Café is the place to be. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, this restaurant offers a splendid view of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, as well as a New American menu.
Brooklyn also offers a variety of desserts, such as Kulu Desserts. This establishment offers some of the most creative desserts such as their Hong Kong style Sweet Soups. They also provide crepes, Boba (Bubble Tea), and Asian Fusion Deserts.
Where to stay
Brooklyn is full of great hotels near some fun places. A few of these are the Red Lion Inn & Suites Brooklyn, which is near the Botanical Gardens; Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, which is close to the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other hotels. For more information on hotels in Brooklyn, check out this list of hotels.
There’s plenty to do in Brooklyn and plenty of ways to get to your destination without spending a fortune. From buses to subways, there’s a variety of transportation other than taxis. There’s a misconception that everything in New York is expensive, but truthfully the free and cheap alternatives are usually overlooked. So before you make plans to go to Brooklyn, check out all the free and inexpensive places around Brooklyn. Make sure you plan your routes for the cheapest transportation option and don’t forget to have fun!