9 Things to Enjoy in Downtown Brooklyn
Are you having a slow week? Downtown Brooklyn is just what the doctor ordered. This cultural hub contains an incomparable concentration of the best life has to offer. From low to high priced, these are some of our favorite things about Downtown Brooklyn:
1. Open Seating & Green Space
There are so many special alcoves hidden around the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Each spot has a beautiful view of the New York skyline, as well as unique goings-on such as live music and community gatherings. It’s always a delight to be around so much vibrance. Sounds to me like it’s time for a picnic, huh?
Brooklyn Bridge Park, free
2. Street Art & City Life
Up and down York Street -- or really, anywhere from Pearl to Plymouth to the park -- you will see gorgeous murals, parks, galleries, views, cafes and shops. It’s great fun to walk about and spot something new around every corner. The area has so much character, and the things you will find will truly brighten your day.
DUMBO to Brooklyn Heights, free
3. Photo Opportunities
There are moments when you will get to these locations and your jaw will drop. Each spot is designed to have a good time there while just sitting in awe of the glorious skyline. Bring your camera or anyone you want to impress.
Jane’s Carousel, 1 Main Street, Washington Street, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, free
Unless you bring your own bike, making the experience free, there are Citi Bike stations throughout the park where you can pick up and drop off a bike to ride around on while you enjoy the park.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, $/free
5. Rock Climbing
Have you ever wanted to just climb under the Manhattan Bridge? Well, that is actually something you can do, you adventurous individual. Great for beginners or experienced climbers.
99 Plymouth Street, $
6. Roller Skating & Recreational Sports
Pier 2 is open for public skating from noon to 10:30 p.m. and provides areas for basketball, handball and more. If you’re looking to move around and have some fun, this is the place to go.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, $
7. Great Food & Bubble Tea
If you’re looking for a meal on a budget that doesn’t skimp on quality, check out Hanco’s, a Vietnamese restaurant that serves some of the best spring rolls in Brooklyn, as well as specialty teas that’ll rock your world.
Hanco’s at 147 Montague Street, $
Don’t be fooled by the name Grimaldi’s next door; Juliana’s is the real deal, the authentic works of the famous and incredible pizzaiola Patsy Grimaldi. They do not take reservations, so expect to wait in line for the best pizza you will ever have. It’s been voted the best pizza in New York City and in America on multiple occasions.
Juliana’s Pizza at 19 Old Fulton Street, $$
9. Fine Dining
There is a boat in the water on Pier 6 that is a full-on restaurant. It has an incredible view, vibrant energy and deliciously creative dishes, not to mention oysters galore. It’s a fun and exciting experience to have dinner on the water, and definitely worth a try.
Pilot at Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park, $$$