During our visit to New York in November it went without saying that Dom and I wanted to explore Brooklyn.
As the more laid back little sister of Manhattan it has a completely different vibe to Midtown, mostly because of the slower pace and less crowded pavements.
Starting off in DUMBO – or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass for those who were thinking of a big eared elephant – we wandered down under the bridge, stopping for photos until we reached the Brooklyn Bridge Park. From here you get the most incredible and completely uninterrupted view of the financial district, and further along, Lady Liberty herself.
Stopping in West Elm for a coffee to warm up our cold hands and look around their beautiful homeware, we then headed out to catch a water taxi up the Hudson river to our next destination, Williamsburg.
Home to the Brooklyn Beer Brewery and many other hip and trendy shops and eateries, take some time to wander the wide streets and enjoy the quieter side to life in New York City. The Brewery offers free tours between 12-8pm on Saturdays if you fancy seeing how the golden stuff is made.
Follow your feet to Bedford Avenue when you start to get peckish, and treat yourself to some brunch or lunch. We happened upon one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soups ever. Just what you need on a chilly day.
Once you’ve explored Williamsburg and are ready for a little pick me up, hop on the metro back to Brooklyn and stop for coffee in one of their many independent coffee shops.
If you are wandering around on a Saturday, why not partake in a little browsing at the Brooklyn Flea Market?
Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn is one to the main streets to find something tasty for dinner, so you won’t be wandering long before something takes your fancy.
There are plenty of other things to see and do south of the river in NYC, but sadly this was the end of our day. All the more reason to head back, right?
Sadly this brings my New York posts to a close. I hope you liked each one (catch up here and here). Next up Dom and I are heading for a little staycation as a birthday treat, so I’ll be sure to put a little something together to show you what we get up to.