Brooklyn for a Day
As New Yorkers, it’s easy to get caught up in our routines and forget about the beauty that each borough has to offer. Get out of your comfort zone, or leave your home borough, and take a tour to explore Brooklyn in the most relaxing and convenient way.
One of the oldest bridges in the United States, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River. The bridge is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is often featured in wide shots of the New York skyline on screen in films like Annie Hall, The Avengers, Godzilla, and many more. You can also bring your own “love lock” and inscribe your and your partner’s initials and date onto a lock and attach it to the bridge, throwing the key into the water, and symbolizing lasting love.
The Barclays Center is an architecturally stunning arena in Prospect Heights. It is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders, but the arena itself also hosts concerts, conventions, and other sporting and entertainment events, including big acts like Amy Schumer, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. See their website for updated listings to get tickets for an event or show while you’re in the area.
Enjoy 585 acres of trees and meadows located between Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park, and Winsor Terrace. Walk around Brooklyn’s only lake, visit the Prospect Park Zoo, or attend a free outdoor concert in Prospect Park’s Bandshell during the summertime. The park also has recreational fields if you’re keen to watch or play soccer, basketball, tennis, or baseball. Of course, you can also stroll around the park at your leisure and simply admire the sprawling trees and luscious greenery that it has to offer.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Located in the Prospect Park neighborhood, this massive garden hosts plant collections and pavilions, as well as an art gallery. The garden is home to over 10,000 different varieties of plants and often hosts as many as 900,000 visitors annually. Seeing the entire garden would take the whole day, but you’re able to see a plethora of plants in a short amount of time with their convenient (and free) seasonal guided tours.
Right around the corner from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this art museum is New York City’s third largest museum and is home to approximately 1.5 million works. Artists represented in the museum include Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, and many more, including The Dinner Party, a permanent collection by Judy Chicago. The museum also has a Memorial Sculpture Garden featuring salvaged architectural elements from all over NYC.
Coney Island amusement park and beach
Coney Island is a staple of American culture that’s featured in several iconic films, photos, and stories. The amusement park preserves its past while still presenting and producing new and exciting exhibits, with more than 50 rides and attractions operated seasonally between Easter and Halloween. There are fireworks every Friday during the season. The beach and boardwalk are open year round, so you can always enjoy Nathan’s hot dogs, Coney Island Brewing Company’s craft beers, and the New York Aquarium any time of the year.
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