New York: Beyond Manhattan – 16 Tips for Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn Heights

FFor a short detour or for the whole day: this park is a must – because of its priceless view of the skyline and its diversity. In addition to the long promenade by the water, well-tended meadows invite you to picnic or laze around.

The piers offer soccer, basketball and beach volleyball courts and even a pool in summer. In the BBQ zone, grills are freely available, and those who do not want to bring their food can get their food at the various food stalls, for example with ice cream, pizza or lobster roll, brooklynbridgepark.org.

Fun in front of the skyline: The Brookly Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River

Source: Ina Bohse and Marcus Lokau

„Superfine“ – DUMBO

A charming gastropub that impresses with its simplicity and is typical of Brooklyn in many ways: the brick walls and mixed-up bistro tables are more hip than chic. All dishes on the menu – American classics from burgers to ribs – are emphatically organic and the ingredients come from regional cultivation.

And if you pay close attention, you can hear the subway thundering over the Manhattan Bridge. There is often live music in the evenings and brunch every Sunday, superfine.nyc.

„Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain“ – Carroll Gardens

Peter Freeman and Gia Giasullo took the trouble to reinvent this 1920s café in 2010. Each shower is made from our own syrup, the selection of homemade cupcakes, cakes and homemade nostalgic sweets changes daily.

The best seats are the few at the counter. Because here the preparation of the self-compiled, typically American ice cream specialties such as “Sundae” (soft ice cream) or “Float” (ice cream in a fizzy drink) can be observed directly. brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com.

„Sunny’s Bar“ – Red Hook

It has been firmly established in the neighborhood for almost a century and as the oldest inn in the area it would be hard to imagine life without it. The classic New York Saloon has become a cultural stronghold over the years with concerts, readings, exhibitions and the infamous “Saturday Night Bluegrass Jam”, sunnysredhook.com.

„Milk & Honey“ – Ditmas Park

Wood paneled and flooded with light. The “Milk & Honey” invites you to stay longer than just for a quick coffee. In addition to excellent coffee, the menu offers homemade baked goods and unusual breakfast options such as the Egyptian Poached Eggs, inspired by owner Max Habib.

Every furnishing detail here is handmade, so keep your eyes open and your head back: The ceiling and light construction impresses not only designer hearts, milkandhoneycafeny.com.

“Milk & Honey” in New York: Owner Max Habib relies on local ingredients

“Milk & Honey”: Owner Max Habib relies on local ingredients

Source: Ina Bohse and Marcus Lokau

Victorian mansions – Ditmas Park

Between the Victorian mansions with lawns, the rocking chair on the veranda and the “beware of the dog” sign, it’s easy to forget that the Ditmas Park district is part of New York City. Skyscrapers, tourists and the hustle and bustle of the city seem far away.

Among the approximately 200 houses that were collectively built in early 1900, none is like the other. Despite their different colors and peculiarities, they give a uniform image – well-groomed, wealthy, peaceful.

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Wealthy and peaceful: the houses in the Ditmas Park district were built in the early 20th century

Source: Ina Bohse and Marcus Lokau

„Paulie Gee’s“ – Greenpoint

The “Paulie Gee” shows that Brooklyn rightly boasts of its pizza culture. In this pizzeria in the Polish district of Greenpoint, outstanding gourmet pizzas with creative toppings are served. “Anise and Anephew” delights with steamed fennel, Berkshire guanciale and fresh mozzarella, “The Hellboy” convinces that hot honey belongs on a pizza, pauliegee.com.

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WNYC Transmitter Park

This little oasis has been located where the broadcast towers of the WNYC radio station once stood. Perfect for a little nap during your lunch break, a walk with your dog or just for a short break from the hustle and bustle of the big city – including the best view of Manhattan’s skyline with Chrysler and the Empire State Building.

A little tip for those with a sweet tooth: the park is only a few steps away from the “Ovenly” bakery. So just take one of the many delicacies with you and eat it in the park, oven.ly.

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WNYC Transmitter Park is a small park on the East River overlooking Manhattan

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Brooklyn Brewery – Williamsburg

The “Tap Room”, the brewery’s tasting room, is open every Friday and Saturday. Behind this is not the usual brewery cosiness, but a simple hall in which beer is sold out of plastic cups.

It’s worth a visit to try the in-house classics and seasonal beers as well as to people watch. The shop is usually jam-packed, brooklynbrewery.com.

Graffiti & Street Art Tour – Bushwick

The New York Times and Vogue call the Bushwick neighborhood the “coolest place on planet” and “7th hippest neighborhood in the world”. It is best known for its hip creative scene. In addition to numerous studios and galleries, the streets with the many colorful graffiti are a kind of walkable masterpiece.

The two-hour Street Art Tour with FreeToursbyFoot takes you to the best street art in the area. The two connoisseurs and artists Izzy & Mar tell stories about the individual motifs and their makers and explain the differences between stencils, stickers, tags and co. freetoursbyfoot.com.

The almost daily “Graffiti & Street Art Tour” shows Bushwick’s colorful side

Source: Ina Bohse and Marcus Lokau

„Black Forest Brooklyn“ – Fort Greene

Ayana and Tobias Holler both grew up in the Black Forest. However, their paths did not cross until years later, when both were already living in Brooklyn. As a tribute to their love discovered in America and to their German roots, the two opened the “Black Forest Brooklyn”. The authentic indoor beer garden offers typical German specialties and a total of 14 beers on tap, blackforestbrooklyn.com.

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A touch of the Black Forest in Brooklyn: the “Black Forest Brooklyn”

Source: Ina Bohse and Marcus Lokau

Fort Greene Flea – Fort Greene

From yesterday: From April to October it gets a bit crowded on Saturdays in Fort Greene, because from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a school parking lot it is time for the Brooklyn Flea, a flea market with just the right mix of ordinary and special things. The haggling heart will find everything they need here: bicycles, books, furniture and vintage clothes. Many small food stalls ensure that nobody has to go home hungry, brooklynflea.com.

DanceAfrica Festival – Fort Greene

The festival celebrates the colorful and diverse culture of the African continent with lots of dance, art, film and a large bazaar. Over 150 sellers from around the world are transforming the streets around the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene into a global marketplace for a weekend. The food, fashion and art on offer are Afro-American, African or Caribbean in nature, bam.org.

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There is no boredom in Brooklyn – the many festivals alone make sure of that

Source: Ina Bohse and Marcus Lokau

Jewish Tours – Crown Heights

The large Jewish Orthodox Hasidic community is unmistakable in the Crown Heights district – easily recognizable by the bushy beards, the large hats and dark coats of the men or the uniform hairstyles and opaque clothing of the women.

To learn more about the history and culture of the community, the daily Jewish Tour offers a three-hour glimpse into Jewish life in Crown Heights, shedding light on an absolutely fascinating side of Brooklyn. Participation by appointment only online, price: 25 to 50 dollars, including a kosher lunch, jewishtours.com.

Brooklyn Museum – Prospect Heights

The Brooklyn Museum is the second largest museum in New York after the Metropolitan Museum. The architecture and the imposing entrance are in no way inferior to their big brother in Manhattan.

In addition to works from American art history, there are mainly African, Far Eastern and Egyptian art collections, often supplemented by special exhibitions of modern art. The museum offers a different kind of museum visit on the first Saturday of the month from 5pm to 11pm. In addition to art, there is then beer, wine, snacks, constantly changing live music, and all with free admission, brooklynmuseum.org.

Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen – Bedford-Stuyvesant

It was a Kickstarter campaign that made this cozy hipster cafe possible. Owner Laura Sorensen’s focus is on the “farm-to-table” concept – only fresh food directly from the farmer is served on the table. It goes without saying that she gets the products from farms in the area. In the seasonally changing menu, Laura combines small meals, delicious pastries and sustainably grown coffee, stonefruitespresso.com.

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Hipster café with a focus on sustainability: the “Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen”

Source: Ina Bohse and Marcus Lokau

The tips are taken from the travel book “Brooklyn, Neighborhood Guide” by Ina Bohse and Anne Voss, 190 pages, 22 euros, brooklynguide.de

Brooklyn Neighborhood Guide Cover, Authors: Ina Bohse & Anne Voss via http://brooklynguide.de/presse/

Quelle: Brooklyn Neighborhood Guide

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