Back in April I spent a memorable weekend in Brooklyn with Beau. Spoiler alert, he put a ring on it!
Beyond the memorable proposal on the Brooklyn Bridge, we also touristed around Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and of course the mecca of Manhattan.
The street art around Brooklyn made for unique sightseeing, especially around the Bushwick Collective scene.
After getting our fix of brunch and coffee we ventured out of Brooklyn to take the free Staten Island Ferry for sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline.
My second favorite highlight of the weekend was walking The High Line. This above ground park stretches for almost two miles along a repurposed railroad track between the West Village and Chelsea. If I lived in NYC I would be here all the time. It’s cool to see the city from this perspective. Plus, there are several food vendors and rooftop bars along the route to keep you from getting hangry or parched.
And a visit to Manhattan wouldn’t be official without wandering through Central Park.
Back in Brooklyn we enjoyed more tasty restaurants, cocktail bars galore, and sunset views of the city skyline.
I’d like to thank bikes, bridges, and obviously Beau for making Brooklyn such a special trip.
Know Before You Go:
- Cash is preferred at most Brooklyn restaurants. They all have ATMs onsite, but to avoid the annoying fees, have some cash on hand.
- Getting around on foot or by metro, and Citi Bike was easier than I expected. Citymapper works in NYC and was our lifeline.
- We found a loft-style AirBnB in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, north of Williamsburg. It was near a ferry stop, the metro, and plenty of Citi Bike rental points. I’d recommend Greenpoint for a more local experience if you visit NYC since it’s outside, but not far from, the hustle and bustle of the city.
Ideas to Dine & Drink
- Navy – dinner in SoHo.
- Little Branch – speakeasy-style cocktail lounge in West Village.
- Lombardi’s Pizza – the ORIGINAL Italian pizza joint in NYC.
- Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar – fun spot for afternoon glass of bubbly with a view.
- Budin – Nordic coffee shop.
- Blue Bottle Coffee – Williamsburg’s finest.
- Variety – Coffee and roastery in heart of Brooklyn.
- Al Mar – Great lunch spot near base of Brooklyn Bridge.
- Five Leaves – Best hipster brunch around.
- Forrest Point – Second best hipster brunch around. Also good dinner spot with open air patio for nice evenings.
- Fette Sau – BBQ!
- River Styx – go for dinner or a night cap.
- Miss Favela – Brazilian food.