I have been to New York City several times – and have stayed all over Manhattan: from Tribeca to the Upper West Side, to Chelsea and even Times Square. This past visit we decided to make the journey across the East River and stay in Brooklyn and see what all it had to offer. If you have done the New York City trip before (which I do admit, first-timers… you need to stay IN the city to get the full NYC experience) then I invite you to make the short hop over the river to see New York in an entirely different light. Here are 5 great reasons that you should!
If you have been to Manhattan, I am sure you are familiar with the high paced hustle and bustle that is obvious anytime you step out to the streets. Brooklyn on the other hand, offers a laid-back “cool” vibe that will make you think you are much further from Manhattan than a quick 12 minute subway ride. You won’t be shoulder to shoulder with others on the sidewalks, and the restaurants & shops offer much more space to enjoy than those across the bridge.
DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) seems that it is THE area “to be” as over the years it has attracted artists, tech startups, and is now a hub for a wide range of people, from young families, to musicians, to foodies and restauranteurs. With an eclectic feel, anyone can feel at home in Brooklyn.
Unique (And More Spacious!) Lofts & Apartments
If a space with lots of light and warehouse-like feel is your jam, Brooklyn is the place to be! The area has a ton of converted old warehouse buildings made into really amazing lofts. You get more space, comfortable living areas, and even the possibility of a washer dryer IN the unit! Great if you like to pack light and need to wash a few items during your stay.
Airbnb is crawling with great little lofts in Brooklyn – my only suggestion is – to look for something close to a subway stop if you are looking for easy access to the city!
From quick little sandwich shops, to brick oven pizza’s and even a great little taco shops, Brooklyn has it all! Try the River Cafe – a romantic and cozy little spot along the river with amazing views. Grab a sweet treat from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and walk along the boardwalk admiring the views. But promise me you don’t leave Brooklyn without dining at The Atrium and trying their potato bread. It’s life-changing!
Probably the number one reason you need to at least VISIT Brooklyn at some point in your life is solely to see the views of Manhattan from across the river.
A few suggestions to better enjoy the spectacular view!
1) Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge Park boardwalk during sunset! Manhattan glows as the sun goes down!
2) Grab a drink from the Buzz Bar and just chat with friends as you look out over the water.
3) Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and stop frequently to take photos! It takes about 30 minutes to walk across the length of the bridge, and is so worth the time!
Brooklyn Flea Market
On Sundays, DUMBO is alive with food trucks. Try Jian Bing (their Chinese breakfast crepes – they are to die for!), live music and vintage shop vendors offering a little something for everyone! From clothing, to plants, furniture, toys for kids and more!
Ok now that I hopefully have your mouth watering and your wanderlust engaged… Have I convinced you to book your trip to Brooklyn yet?