Jan 8, 2007

Top Ten Things to Do In Brooklyn



1) Walk The Brooklyn Bridge
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge makes for a unique view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines through the bridge's web of intricate steel cables. From Manhattan, start at Centre St. (btwn Chambers/Murray east of City Hall). On the walkway be sure to stay on the marked pedestrian side, so you'll be safe from speedsters on the bike path! Subway to walkway: 4/5/6 to Bklyn Bridge/City Hall; J/M/Z to Chambers.
2) Stroll along the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Part of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the tranquil Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is a perfect place for a stroll on a sunny day. Complete with lush garden paths around the pond. Subway: B or Q to Prospect Park (B doesn't run on weekends) or the 2/3 to Eastern Parkway.

3) Tour the Historic (and spooky!) Green-Wood Cemetery
I went to Green-Wood and all I could think of was The Smiths' classic "Meet Me at the Cemetery Gates." Green-Wood doesn't have Keats or Yeats buried there, as in The Smiths' song, but it does have Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein and a half million others. Take one of the fascinating walking tours offered here to learn about the cemetery's striking architecture, sculpture and most intriguing history. Subway: R to 25th Street. 718.768.7300. In Sunset Park.

4) A Day at Coney Island
Coney Island is America's classic amusement park. The many attractions include the Deno Wonderwheel, the Cyclone roller coaster and the New York Aquarium. See the Mermaid Parade in June. Or simply lay on the beach. If you're feeling ambitious, walk the boardwalk all the way over to Brighton Beach, a true Russian neighborhood complete with Cyrillic signs everywhere and English as the second language. Subway: F to Ave. X.

5) First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum hosts "First Saturday" events, on, you guessed it, the first Saturday of each month. You'll enjoy a night of world class music, art and entertainment for free! Learn to tango, paint an Impressionist painting or watch an avant-garde film. This popular event is a great way to meet people as you dabble in the arts. Food, beverages and a cash bar available. Parking is $4. 200 Eastern Parkway. Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway. For info: 718.768.7300.

6) Pizza at Grimaldi's
Grimaldi's doesn't deliver and doesn't take credit cards, but that doesn't stop the crowds. With coal oven-baked crust, savory sauce and homemade mozzarella, Grimaldi's pizza is the real deal. Super crowded on weekends and often long lines the rest of the week, so be prepared for that. 19 Old Fulton St.(under the Brooklyn Bridge). 718.858.4300. Subway: A/C to High St.

7) Cheesecake at Junior's
If desserts are your thing, then head to Junior's for the best cheesecake ever. Dozens of varieties to choose from and each are to die for. Juniors is often crowded but worth the wait. 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension at Dekalb Avenue. 1.800.4JUNIOR (1.800.458.6467) Subway: A/C to Jay St.

8) Take in a Cyclones' Game
Take in a home game of the Mets' feeder team at the 7,500 seat capacity KeySpan Park down on Coney Island. 1904 Surf Avenue 718.449.8497 Subway: F to Avenue X.

9) Peter Luger Steakhouse
If you can get in, Peter Luger is the best steak in NYC and maybe anywhere. The service is surly, reservations are near impossible but if you persevere, your reward is an amazing porterhouse steak that nears perfection. 178 Broadway (at Driggs) In Williamsburg. Subway: J/M/Z to Marcy Ave.

10) Prospect Park
Enjoy the endless activities in Prospect Park, including the nation's first Audubon center, the Wollman skating rink and the beautiful 1912 Carousel. Subway: F to 15th Street/Prospect Park. Events Info: 718.965.8999.
Excerpt from About.com


1 comment:

Ajlounyinjurylaw said...

I often wonder what to do around Brooklyn and this list reminded me of a few things that are offered. Thank you for posting it.