A trip to USA isn’t complete without witnessing the grand ol’ city of New York. Can’t afford Manhattan? How about a Brooklyn experience instead? This is the spot where edgy meets creative, culture gets a good shake-up and every corner packs a surprise.
The poster child of New York, if you can call it that, this borough’s areas come with their own quirks. This is for the artsy kind — those who revel in indie music, enjoy fresh brews or organic juices, an eclectic choice of food, dig the idea of thrift stores, handcrafted perfume and vinyl records. This is for the youth in you.
Start blending in by getting yourself a subway card to hop on board the uber-efficient trains, for as less as $30 for an entire week. Second, book an Airbnb with good reviews well in advance to avoid the mad, weekend rush.
Give a day or two to the hot tourist spots on your itinerary — The Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges give spectacular views of the city and the Statue of Liberty, while the Brooklyn Promenade gives you a fresh look of the skyline if you want to fall in love with it again.
Aside of the Prospect Park (which some say is better than the Central Park) and the Brooklyn Museum, make your way to Coney Island to ride the world-famous roller coaster, the monstrous Cyclone.
Williamsburg is one of the most coveted addresses to stay at, thanks to its proximity to Manhattan, immaculately turned out human beings (and well-groomed pets to match). Love flea markets? You’re in luck as the Brooklyn Flea pops up every Saturday and its soul sister, Smorgasburg makes an appearance on summery Sundays.
If you happen to find yourself in the area on the first Thursday of the month, stop by Dumbo Art Centre to gaze upon some art for free. The Nitehawk Cinema on the same street, allows you to order food and drink at your seat, while catching your favourite flick.
Speaking of drink, stop by Brooklyn Brewery on Saturdays which throws its doors open to the public for free tours and tasings. Greenpoint Ale House, The Diamond or Brouwerji Lane are your other options.
Try the wood fire pizzas at Roberta’s — a place made popular by celebrities like Beyonce and the Clintons. The Beastmaster loaded with mozzarella, tomato, gorgonzola, pork sausage, onions, caper, jalapeno and Calabrian chilies is their go-to.
If you are a bargain-hunter, rejoice at the abundance of thrift stores. The iconic Beacon’s Closet is a particular favourite and will give you your fashion fix — everything from pre-owned coats and clutches to shoes, bags and hot leather pants!
When in the indie music capital of the world, it’ll be a shame to miss out on the tunes. For local flavour, head to the Music Hall of Williams burg, Shea Stadium or the Knitting Factory.
They have their own metal club too — Saint Vitus. If EDM is more your speed, Output or Verboten is your best bet. After all this, don’t you think you’ll have Brooklyn dreams for days?...