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36 Hours in Brooklyn – Ecotourism

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Generally when travelers visit NYC, it’s for reasons other than ecotourism, because of the environment. Being that it’s a city, many may over look certain activities that are eco friendly and fun, particularly in Brooklyn. Although Manhattan is usually the number one destination of NYC, in recent years Brooklyn has flourished into a desired location for visitors, due to transformations in the neighborhoods. Since tourism continues to exist in Brooklyn, Brooklynites have the opportunity to improve on their communities with technology and artistry. Overall, Brooklyn has become more diversified between the tourist and the locals, benefiting both parties. 

 

By: Sarah Fernandez 

Dec 10th, 2018 

Friday 

  1. 12 p.m. Olmsted (Brunch) 

Start your weekend by enjoying brunch at one of Brooklyn’s best new restaurant, Olmsted. Here you’ll find that their large selection of quality tea is what steals the show, along with their beautifully decorated backyard garden area. Located on 659 Vandebilt Ave, one may find on the menu, honey nut squash bread (Harbison clotted cream and jam) for $12, egg rolls for $15, and a potato latke (preserved lemon crème fraiche and smoked trout roe) for $13. Selections like these, can be accompanied by quality tea such as, herbal, tisane, white, green, oolong, black and matcha. 

2. 2:00 p.m. The Little Brooklyn Market 

After your morning tea, take a quick MTA train ride to Williamsburg and your first stop there, the Mini Mall on Bedford Ave. Inside one can find small boutiques owned by Brooklyn based designers, selling vintage and handmade clothes and accessories. Designers Justine and Eric Lavazzon use recycled leather to create their handmade handbags, for their collection. For some organic style jewelry you can pass by Reinerland, a small shop owned by Cristina Taranu and Reiner Mengesdorf who use beautiful stones from around the world to create their jewelry.  

3. 4:00 p.m. Domino Park (North Brooklyn Farms) 

If you’re not interested in shopping, the next best thing is visiting Domino Park. Located on a former Domino Sugar refinery, the newly constructed park is a great spot to walk around and enjoy the Manhattan skyline. Inside you can find the North Brooklyn Farm, notorious for reservations for events such as, weddings and other celebrations. The farm also host dinners, live shows and volunteer days on days when they’re scheduled on their website. Visitors are welcome to walk around and observe the plants and vegetables, while enjoying the scenery of the city.

4. 6:00 p.m. Hamilton’s  

Enjoy a delicious affordable meal accompanied with a drink or two in a local tavern with friends and family. There you can order an appetizer starting at $6, then move on to the main courses like the grilled salmon (with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach) priced at $24. Or one could choose from their selection of gluten free and vegan courses such as, the house made veggie burger for $13. With the indoor scene and the outdoor patio available for guest, the restaurant gives a great atmosphere to grab a glass with some company for the rest of the night.

Saturday 

5. 10:00 a.m. Cycling in Prospect Park 

One new way New York has become ecofriendly is through new ways of transportation. One of the most popular is cycling, using Citi Bikes. Simply by using a card to pay for a desired amount of time, (at any bike station) anyone can ride to where they need to go. A great rout to take is through Prospect Park. Even though it may not be as large as Cental Park, that may be a good thing. One can bike through the designated bike lanes with ease since there isn’t such a cluster of people and enjoy the view of the greenery and even the lake deep inside the park. 

6. 11:00 a.m. Hungry Ghost 

After your morning stroll through the park, bike your way over to the Hungry Ghost. This small coffee shop, brews deliciously made coffee with unique designs on the surface. You can take a seat in the café and enjoy your coffee with customary breakfast food options.  

7. 1:00 p.m. Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket 

On your way back from the botanic garden, step into the greenmarket just a couple blocks away on Flatbush avenue. Founded in 1976, Greenmarket has established itself in serving to the local community, supporting farmers, educating youth and donating to community gardens. As a customer you can help support local farmers and business by purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables and other miscellaneous items. The space may become crowded at times since it’s very popular with the locals, however it’s a great opportunity to meet and interact with people and purchase some organic and fresh snacks. 

8. 3:30 p.m. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 

A perfect way to escape all the busyness and chaos of the city is to visit the Botanic Garden. Prices start at $15 for adults and vary for seniors, children and students. With the calming atmosphere and beautiful scenery, anyone can come simply to relax and admire the greenery.  Stunning gardens like the cherry escapade, cranford rose garden and the lily pool terrace are currently available for guest. Although it gets colder and difficult to visit during the winter season there are plenty of exhibitions and gardens indoors. 

9. 6:00 p.m. Berrel and Fare  

Enjoy the rest of your night with some late-night comfort food and some drinks. You can order dishes like the buttermilk fried chicken or the kale and the grilled romaine Caesar salad (with prices varying.) Both can be accompanied with any selection from their red, white and sparkling wines or other cocktails. With seasonal seating options, great service and a casual atmosphere you’re set to have a good time. 

Sunday

10. 7:15 a.m. Green Wood Cemetery 

Book in advance the “Birding in Peace” tour to this historical landmark. Make sure to wear layers because it might get chilly during the winter months, as you walk around exploring the cemetery.  You’re welcome to look for and admire the wildlife present. 

11. 9:00 a.m. Baked in Brooklyn 

Just across the street from the main entrance of the Green Wood Cemetery, stop by to pick up a cup of coffee and a fresh roll from multiple selections of bread and sweets. Their bread and other desserts although on display for customers, are fresh out of the oven, so no need to worry about staleness. Grab a window seat at the café and enjoy you’re warm breakfast as you watch people walk pass. 

Lodging 

Experience a luxurious lifestyle, at The One Hotel. Located in Brooklyn (DUMBO) opened in February 2017, It’s a small hotel that operates as apart of a brand with other locations in Miami and Central Park. This location specifically was designed to represent the history and overall theme of the neighborhood, which is industrial life and nature. Inside there’s greenery on the walls and tables, and the lobby is dressed with a “cabin the woods” type of style. Although it’s a small brand there are some new locations in the works, so they’re expecting for the brand to grow in the near future. 

Room pricing rages from $700 – $1000 a night based on the location of the hotel and the amenities they provide. Since the hotel is located in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, one may enjoy the astonishing view of the city from your hotel room. And enjoy the fancy amenities such as a spa, fitness center, restaurant and rooftop lounge/pool. 

References 

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/brooklyn-grand-army-plaza 

Food and Drink. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.olmstednyc.com/food-and-drink 

Gardens & Conservatories. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.bbg.org/collections/gardens#map 

North Brooklyn Farms. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.northbrooklynfarms.com/ 

Upcoming EventsGreen-Wood. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.green-wood.com/calendar/ 

 

36 Hours in Brooklyn

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36 Hours in Brooklyn

Brooklyn residential buildings Photo Credit: Laura Fung

By Laura Fung

Dec. 11, 2018

New York City is one of the most popular cities in America to visit. Tourists roam the streets of Manhattan, but what about Brooklyn? A trip to Brooklyn is only a single stop away on the New York City subway from Manhattan. Brooklyn has more to offer than just the famous pizza shops and bagels. It was once considered a city within New York state before it became one of the five boroughs. As you take on your adventure in Brooklyn, take notice of the different cultures and variety of activities you can do.

Brooklyn – Google Maps (Pacificana not shown on map)

Friday

  • 3 p.m. Brooklyn Boulders

Entrance to Brooklyn Boulders; Rock climbing and physical activities available for all ages
Photo Credit: Laura Fung

To jump start your first adventure in Brooklyn, visit Brooklyn Boulders which offers indoor climbing activities. With 22,000 feet of climbing surface, you will find something within your skill level whether you are a beginner or expert. Brooklyn Boulders is a place for all ages to experience rock climbing safely while having a blast. For a day pass, it will cost you $32 which includes access to equipment like climbing gear and a fitness class. Go to Brooklyn Boulders during the slower times and it will cost you $28. You will be able to get cool videos for your social media posts to show all your friends that you rock climbed in Brooklyn.

  • 5 p.m. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Beautiful brick building holds a variety of performances and shows located right on Atlantic Avenue
Photo Credit: Laura Fung

After an intense workout, walk over to Atlantic Avenue less than half a mile away to see what performances are showing at Brooklyn Academy of Music. BAM offers many shows and, “With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters” (BAM). Check the calendar of showtimes prior to the performance to get the best seats. Adult tickets cost about $15 and children cost $11. With some planning, you can find some events at BAM which are free of cost if you are budget-conscious. If nothing interests you there, take a stroll along Atlantic Avenue to experience the joy and chaos of Brooklyn shopping.

  • 7 p.m. Hadramout Restaurant

Strolling around works up an appetite so only a few blocks away, still on Atlantic Avenue, is Hadramout Restaurant which offers authentic Middle Eastern cuisine specifically from Yemen. Brooklyn is known to be a melting pot of many cultures and to experience some authentic Middle Eastern food is a unique experience. Their menu includes chicken, lamb, and seafood dishes with a variety of different flavors perfect for dinner. A popular dish is the lamb stew along with a side salad which costs around $18.

  • 10 p.m. Union Hall

An intimate lounge to spend a night with friends and play a game of bocce ball. Photo Credit: Laura Fung

End your night at the night club with a hipster vibe called Union Hall. Shelves of books line the walls of the club and leathered couches and lounge chairs fill the room. Further in, you will notice the bocce ball sport area for groups of people to enjoy drinks while playing together. It is a simple sport originated from the Roman Empire. If bocce ball is not your thing, head downstairs to watch a performance or join in on karaoke. But give bocce ball a try if it is something new, so you can tell your friends back home about it.

Saturday

  • 9 a.m. Dim Sum

Start off your day with some traditional dim sum for breakfast at The Pacificana. Dim sum are small dishes of Chinese foods that range from savory to sweet. There is a variety of dishes to choose from and since the plates are small, it is great for sampling each dish. Dim sum follows Cantonese traditions where it is eaten for breakfast along with a pot of tea. Each dish, depending on the size, costs about $2 to $3. There are also specialty dishes, usually larger portions which may cost $6-$9. The Pacificana located in Sunset Park offers all the traditional dishes you would see in a typical dim sum restaurant.

  • 11 a.m. LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park

From Sunset Park, take the subway to Prospect Park where there is something for everyone to enjoy. Bike rentals are available for self-guided tour at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park which takes about 3-4 hours to enjoy the scenery of Prospect Park. During the winter season, the LeFrak Center is open for ice-skating with rentals for skates as well. In this area, families can roller skate, go boating, and curl. The abundance of physical activities will keep you busy with your friends or family before heading over to get lunch.

  • 12:30 p.m. The Islands

The Islands Restaurant: Caribbean Cuisine Photo Credit: Laura Fung

In the same area of Prospect Heights, go over to The Islands where you can get a taste of Caribbean food. Experience the flavors of jerk chicken, oxtail, and plantains with sides of rice and beans. It is a great place to share a meal because portions are large and prices are reasonable. A seafood entrée costs $20, $17 for fowl dishes, and $16 to $22 for other meats. Be sure to fill up your stomachs before heading out to the next adventure.

  • 3:00pm Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Welcoming center to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the many species of plants in the middle of Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Laura Fung

Take a peaceful walk through the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and enjoy the view of the largest gardens in Brooklyn. The garden holds, “18,000 kinds of plants from all over the world. The garden is open year-round and has plants for every season, plus indoor tropical gardens and bonsai trees” (NYC The Official Guide). This gives you a nice break from seeing city skyscrapers and traffic. The botanical garden isolates you from the city rush and it is a great place to take beautiful pictures. Tickets for adults cost $15 and children under the age of twelve can attend for free.

  • 6:30 p.m. Miriam

For your last night in Brooklyn, stop by Miriam that serves Israeli food. You may not know what Israeli cuisine is and that is what is unique about it. At Miriam, “…there exists no single dish, no single style of preparation that one might call uniquely Israeli. And yet this lack of identity is its identity, its beauty” (Miriam Restaurant). Be adventurous and get meze which is a group of finger foods. The Miriam Restaurant allows you to choose three mezes for $27. You could also get a main course and try the slow cooked roasted short rib with a fennel puree and a citrus salad for $28.

Sunday

  • 10 a.m. Brooklyn Flea

For a vintage and antique shopping experience, go to the Brooklyn Flea which is a large flea market in Smorgasburg. It is open during the winter season for visitors to walk indoors at the Williamsburg location and open to visitors outdoors during summer on Atlantic Avenue. The Brooklyn Flea holds many vendors selling trinkets you can take home as gifts to friends and family or just some memorabilia to have for visiting Brooklyn. With so many vendors, you’ll find something that will grab your attention. Try to take a look at all the booths to see what each one is selling.

  • 12 p.m. Tom’s

Outside view of the diner on the corner of the block and inside view of the customers eating their food Photo Credit: Laura Fung

Have some brunch at Tom’s which has a museum feel when you first enter. It looks like a retro diner and they serve typical American diner menu. You can get your basic burger, fries, sandwiches and breakfast all in one location while your eyes feast on the décor. Entrees will average to $15 to $20.

  • 1 p.m. The Good Batch

To satisfy your sweet tooth, visit The Good Batch known for their cakes and ice cream sandwiches. The Good Batch focuses on their quality of desserts and the use of local ingredients. Grab some cookies to share and take a picture to post on your social media. For their ice cream sandwich, you choose from a large selection of flavored cookies and they put vanilla ice cream between them. Ice cream sandwiches are sold for $30 to $40 for half a dozen.

Lodging

  • Lefferts Manor Bed & Breakfast – located in Lefferts Gardens; small owner-operated Bed & Breakfast. A place for tourists to feel at home while visiting Brooklyn rather than staying at a typical hotel. One night costs $100 to $150.
  • Hotel Le Bleu – located in Gowanus; modernized hotel is attractive to younger crowd but still a beautiful place to stay for anyone. A night at the Hotel Le Bleu costs around $200 for 2 double beds.

References

“About.” BAM. Retrieved from https://www.bam.org/about

“Brooklyn Botanic Garden.” NYC The Official Guide.

Retrieved from https://www.nycgo.com/museums-galleries/brooklyn-botanic-garden

“Miriam Restaurant.” Highpeak. Retrieved from http://www.miriamrestaurant.com/

36 Hours in Brooklyn

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Stephanie Udeji

 

36 Hours in Brooklyn

 

The most populous borough In New York City, will offers you diverse experiences, food options and amazing views of the iconic New York City sights.

 

Society as a whole has been making the conscience effort to enrich and detoxify ourselves. We make pledges to eat healthier foods, live more active lifestyles by incorporating sports activities and foods that give our bodies the energy they need. “New York City, with 99 percent of residents enjoying easy access to a park, playground, trail or other open area…” (Brody, 2018). The borough of Brooklyn has experienced a high amount of gentrification, which has contributed to the increase of tourism, specifically sports tourism. Rehabilitating parks and maintaining sports arenas helps Brooklyn residents and visitors enjoy indoor and outdoor sport activities all year round.

 

 

Thursday  

 

  • 9 a.m. Morning Drink

 

To start the day off right a cup of coffee or some water will do the trick.  What you drink all depends on whether you’re preparing to run or walk across the bridge. Depending on the weather, grabbing cup of coffee from a Starbucks nearby will give you that boost you need. Or grabbing a green smoothie, bottle of water or Gatorade will help you during your run. Take a seat, and meditate, right before you take off.

 

  • 10:30 a.m. Run the Bridge

 

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic sites in New York City because it’s often featured in movies and television shows. Construction was completed in 1883, “which connected Brooklyn and Manhattan for the first time” (Brooklyn Bridge, History). Over 100,000 people use the bridge daily, either for their daily commutes for work or for a run. Starting your day with a run or walk across the bridge will surely wake you up and give you the boost of energy you need with an amazing view of the bridge itself and Manhattan across the river. If you’re not up for a run, walking is a great way to take in the sights and stop for pictures as you feel fit.

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway Photo by; Stephanie Udeji


 

 

 

 

  • 12:30 p.m. Dumbo

 

Fun Fact: DUMBO is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Two and a half hours later, a short walk brings you to DUMBO. Its cobblestone streets, red brick buildings and front row view of the Manhattan Bridge all make this street unique. Many of the streets still have the original train tracks that were once used during the early 20thcentury. These tracks were used to transport coffee that was imported from far regions. Being that the Manhattan Bridge was completed in 1909 and many of the building surrounding it had already existed, it takes you back into time by the detail all over. The cobblestones being perfectly lined on the streets, the uniform brick buildings and the ornate design and color of the bridge itself. This neighborhood is littered with shops and restaurants that fit the aesthetic of their environment.

 

 

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Photo by: Stepanie Udeji

 

 

 

 

  • 2 p.m. Shake Shack

 

After trying to get the perfect Instagram worthy shot in front of Dumbo, you’ve worked up an appetite and could really use a hamburger. When Shake Shack was first introduced to New York City in 2004 by Danny Meyer, it was an instant hit and changed the way New Yorkers eat hamburgers and fries. What all started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001, the chain has grown to have over 130 locations nationwide. The natural Angus beef used for their hamburgers sets them apart from all the other hamburger joints. A shack burger ($6), which is topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce, cheese fries ($4), and a strawberry custard ($6) is an indulgent way to treat yourself after some exercise.

 

 

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Photo by: Stephanie Udeji

 

 

  • 3:30 pm Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

This park looking over the Brooklyn Bridge and the east river has a lot to offer for people who are looking for a bike trail to ride or a lawn for their kids and dogs to run around on. The park has many piers, that are all designed to host certain kinds of sports. Pier 1 has lawns and granite steps that overlook the Statue of Liberty in the far distance. Pier 2 is home to the courts such as basketball, handball, shuffleboard, outdoor fitness equipment and a roller rink. This is great for a family or a group of people who all different interest, everyone has something that grabs their attention. Pier 3 is a central lawn that has picnic tables, and moveable furniture that is great for a picnic for small outdoor get together with some friends.

Friday

 

6) 10 a.m. First Meal of the Day

 

This quaint bistro, La defense Bistro, located near the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect spot for breakfast. The French themed bistro has some French classics and some Brooklyn themed dishes that will appeal to those who are health conscience but want a filling meal. The Brooklyn Breakfast which contains puffed quinoa with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, scrambled eggs served with greens, French fries and whole wheat or white toast ($12.50). Due to how delicious the food is, it’s advised to make reservations before going to the bistro. This meal reminds me of a full English breakfast, even though its only missing sausages and baked beans.

 

 

7) 12 p.m. Trip down memory track 

 

New York City is known for its transit system. Its fleet of buses, trains and even ferries help New Yorkers and their visitors get from place to place with a fare of $2.75 per ride. The Transit Museum displays old trains and buses used in New York City, is the largest museum in the United States that is dedicated to urban public transportation. Tickets for adults are $10, children and seniors are $5. All MTA employees, and active duty military personnel all receive free admission. This kid-friendly museum allows for you to see how the transit system in New York City has evolved over the years. From the colors, styles and shapes of the trains.

*The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. *    

                   

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Photo by: Stephanie Udeji

 

8) 3:30pm A pick me Up

 

Upon leaving the museum you want to grab a sweet treat before you continue your day. Uncle Louie G was known around Brooklyn for providing Italian ices during the summertime. These flavored treats are great all year round. Flavors such as lemon, strawberry, cherry, watermelon and chocolate ice are amongst the many to choose from. For a couple dollars, you can have a treat that fills you up a bit and quenched your thirst simultaneously.

        *Some Uncle Louie G locations are seasonal*

 

9) 6 p.m. Take me to the Game

 

After a quick refresh, hop in an Uber and head to the Barclays Center located on Atlantic Avenue. The multi- purpose indoor space is home to the Brooklyn Nets and The New York Islanders. If there isn’t a sports game going on then there is an artist performing to a crowd of 17,000 people. The arena which was completed in 2012 has hosted many WWE wrestling events, mixed martial arts fights and even the MTV Video Music Awards. You can purchase your tickets to attend an event ahead of time or at the windows at the arena. While you’re there eat some of the great food the arena has to offer.

 

 

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Photo By: Stephanie Udeji

 

 

 

Saturday

 

10) 7 a.m. Columbus Park

 

An early morning in the park with breakfast and a book can help start your day off on the right foot. Sitting in the park watching the farmers market vendors set up their tables awaiting to see what goods they have for sale. Getting fresh food is often challenging for New York City residents. Being able to purchase fresh goods such as meats, vegetables, fruits and many more is quite special.

 

 

 

Lodging

 

Budget hotels are scarce in Downtown Brooklyn, so staying at a more budget friendly hotel is the way to go. The New York Marriot at the Brooklyn Bridge offers plenty of amenities that will help make your stay very comfortable. Located on 333 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, this hotel is located walking distance from Borough Hall and Jay St. train stations. Starting at $198 a night this four-star hotel will give you the comfort you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

 

 

Brody, J. E. (2018, December 03). The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/well/move/the-secret-to-good-health-may-be-a-walk-in-the-park.html

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park. (2018). Pier 2. [online] Available at: https://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/park/pier-2.

 

Unclelouiegee.com. (2018). Brooklyn: 741 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 | Uncle Louie G. [online] Available at: http://unclelouiegee.com/locations/1511/brooklyn-741-union-street-brooklyn-ny-11215/.

36 Hours in Brooklyn

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36 Hours in Brooklyn – Jeffrey Cheng

36 Hours in Brooklyn

One of New York City’s five boroughs, Brooklyn has many hidden spots despite its large size.

When visiting New York City, the first place that would probably come to mind is Manhattan. That small island is the heart of the city and has much to offer for a tourist, but Manhattan is only one fifth of the Big Apple. If you leave the hustle and bustle there and cross the Brooklyn Bridge, there are many hidden gems in Brooklyn that are just as equal as places in Manhattan. You may think that there is no difference, but here in Brooklyn, there are attractions that are possibly more convenient, entertaining, and even cheaper than what its neighbor across the East River offers.

Friday

  1. 3:30 p.m. Sharpshooting

Test out your sharpshooting skills at Gotham Archery at 480 Baltic Street where you can master the bow and arrow. You can take an archery intro class ($35) to learn all the ropes before officially start shooting bullseyes (or misses) at the targets and book online to skip the wait time. Gotham Archery also gives classes in axe and knife throwing, but we have another place coming up that offers throwing the same deadly weapon.

  1. 5:30 p.m. Burger joint

New York City is the birthplace of the fast-growing burger chain, Shake Shack, but it is also the birthplace of another. Black Iron Burger at 234 Flatbush Avenue also started in New York City with its first location in East Village, Manhattan, in 2008. In order to stand out, they use high quality, fresh ingredients that are all house made to create their burgers and other menu items. Price range (of burgers): $10 – $16

  1. 7 p.m. Game time

While Manhattan has Madison Square Garden for the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks, Brooklyn has Barclays Center for the New York Islanders and the Brooklyn Nets. Get your tickets ahead of time to see these hockey and basketball teams play at their home field and snack on the concessions if you get hungry again. Aside from team sports, the sports arena also hosts boxing and MMA matches if that is up your alley.

Saturday

  1. 11 a.m. Food festival

We recommend to skip breakfast for today because you will need all the room you have at the Winter Smorgasburg on Atlantic Avenue, right across from Barclays Center. Admission is free but still have your wallet ready to indulge in the food vendors. And if you need a break from the deliciousness, the Atlantic Terminal Mall is also right where you are, so feel free to look around and shop a bit.

  1. 2:30 p.m. Chop, chop, chop

Remember the axe throwing that was mentioned a few stops back? Well, Kick Axe Throwing at 622 Degraw Street also lets you throw hatchets at walls and for a cheaper price ($35). Again, book online to skip the wait, or wait in their spacious lounge with various table games and a bar. But please stay sober here though; those axes are dangerous. Would not want one lodged in your chest; not even a snap will save you.

  1. 5 p.m. Rock climbing

With your body warmed up, head right down the block to Brooklyn Boulders at 575 Degraw Street and try your hands on an indoor rock-climbing wall. Sign-ups are available at the facility but even they tell you to book online for a discounted price ($25 for members, $49 non-members). You have already experienced being Hawkeye and Thor, and now Spiderman, as you learn the basics of rock climbing and receive tips on how to improve for the next time you visit.

  1. 7:30 p.m. Sports bar

By now, you definitely will need something to eat and drink after all that axe throwing and rock climbing. The Montrose at 47 5th Avenue offers game time happy hour from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with their TV screens showing sports games. Their simple menu of sandwiches, chicken, beer, and alcohol is just like watching a game at home, so just eat, drink, and be merry. Price range: food ($10 – $13), drinks ($3 – $8)

Sunday

  1. 10 a.m. Walk in a park

The last two days were fun, maybe too much fun, so start Sunday off with a walk in Prospect Park. Exercise a bit as you jog along the paths, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy the nature around you. But do not leave just yet because there are still many other things you can do at Prospect Park.

  1. Noon. Café by the lakeside

For lunch, head over to the Bluestone Café at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park. Located right by the lakeside along with two ice rinks, Bluestone offers a variety of sandwiches, drinks, and desserts ($2 – $12). You can also enjoy ice skating at the LeFrak Center too (weekdays $7.25, weekends/holidays $10, skate rentals $7) and if you stay later, you can even try out a curling class at around 8 p.m. if you choose to ($65).

  1. 6 p.m. Cajun dinner

End your weekend with a nice New Orleans-inpsired dinner at CATFISH on 1433 Bedford Avenue. Try the Louisiana classics like the jambalaya ($17), duck gumbo ($21), shrimp and grits ($14) or the catfish po’boy ($15). Unfortunately, no crawfish though since it is not in season until the spring and summer.

Lodging

There are many affordable lodging options around Downtown Brooklyn and Barclays Center. The NU Hotel is a boutique hotel on 85 Smith Street and a single room for two costs $107 per night. Other well known hotel brand names nearby are the Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown ($113) and the Hilton Brooklyn New York ($139).

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Photo credit Miranda Grant 

36 Hours in Brooklyn 

Victoria Isaac 

December 6, 2018 

 

Overview 

Brooklyn is one of those places that you must go to experience the magic behind it. There is so much history behind the borough and so much more to learn about it. 

Brooklyn is home to many different famous landmarks. There is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge that allows you to see the entire view of the city. There are also many different restaurants in Brooklyn that people can go to relax and eat. The whole point is to explore the beauty of Brooklyn and what it has to offer.  

The Brooklyn Bridge opened on “May 24, 1883” and is said to be the longest standing bridge in the borough. i This goes to show that for 135 years, this landmark made Brooklyn stand out and there is so much more to be seen and so much more to do. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36 Hours in Brooklyn 

 

1) Tuesday 8 AM Dumbo Station 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac 

Dumbo station was opened in “2008” around the same time that the archway was completed1. It holds the famous Dumbo train car that travels along the railroads in the ground. If anyone wants to feel like a kid at heart, then they can visit this station and take photos alongside the lone car that sits in the tunnel of the overpass. 

2) 9 AM Overpass 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac 

DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The overpass was built in the “1970s” and residents who lived there wanted “developers” off their land2. Eventually it worked and now the overpass is home to different art galleries throughout Brooklyn. Today, the overpass is a gateway to different stores and shops for people to check out some of the finest items Brooklyn has to offer. 

3) 11 AM Gleason’s Gym 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac 

Gleason’s gym was originally located in “Lower Bronx” near 149th street3.  Ever since its opening, fighters from all over began coming to this gym for training purposes. Some famous faces that have entered this gym include “Muhammad Ali”, “Eddie Mustafa Muhammad”, “Julio Cesar Chavez” and “Edwin Rosario”4 and those faces helped the gym to grow in business. This gym is popular because of the famous trainers and the boxers that come here to train all the time for championships or personal reasons. 

4) 1 pm Luke’s Lobster 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac 

Luke’s Lobster first started business in “2009” all the way in “East Village”5 and eventually spread all throughout Brooklyn. It is widely known for its many different seafood choices including lobster rolls, crab rolls and Luke’s trio which consists of half a lobster roll, half a shrimp roll, and half a crab roll. Those who have a shellfish allergy may want to try an alternative solution. 

5) 3 pm Brooklyn Historical Society 

 

Photo Credit Miranda Grant 

Brooklyn Historical Society was founded in “1863” but was originally named the “Long Island Historical Society (LIHS)” and at the time it was made of predominantly women “mostly wealthy” but “no people of color” 6. It is unclear if that rule still applies in current society seeing that is always changing. 

6) 6 pm Jacques Torres 

Photo credit Victoria Isaac 

 

Jacques Torres set up shop in Dumbo back in “2000” and the neighborhood at the time was not ideal to build a factory7. He built the factory by hand with help from his business partner and by opening day it had people lining up outside to get their chocolate. Currently there are eight locations throughout New York and Jacques Torres also has an ice cream shop next door to the chocolate shop. 

7) 7 pm Love Dough Pizzeria  

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac 

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, then Love Dough pizzeria is the best place to go. It’s very close to the bridge and a “charming spot” to go and grab some delicious pizza8. It is a small pizza place right near the Manhattan bridge. It opened its doors on “December 14th, 2015” and is known for their “award-winning” chef who bakes the pizza9. The shop has not been running for a long time, but it is currently one of the best places to go for pizza, especially in Brooklyn.  

8) Wednesday 9 am Brooklyn Waterfront 

 

Photo credit Miranda Grant 

As a great way to start off the next day, spend some of the morning going down to the waterfront. The waterfront has a great view of the bridge and an amazing look at the water. The waterfront was used as an “artery” for transportation and “cargo ship” started traveling to and from New York City in the start in “1817”10 and now it is a great spot to look at the sea life that lives in the waters and go fishing as well. 

9) 12 noon Carousel 

Photo credit Victoria Isaac 

If you want to feel like a kid at heart, then this is the place to go. The carousel was originally built in “1922” in Youngstown, Ohio. By 1984, the carousel was “auctioned off” to a couple named “Jane and David Walentas” and restored the carousel to its “original elegance” 11. Today the carousel is a great place for kids to have fun after a long morning of walking around the front and just need time to be themselves. 

10) 3 pm DUMBO 

 

Photo credit Victoria Isaac 

DUMBO is considered the best spot to view everything there is to see in Brooklyn. If someone is visiting for the first time, the first thing they should do is “walk the Brooklyn Bridge” then “see great street art”, and finally to top it all off, head over to “Coney Island” to become a kid at heart with all the fun roller coasters and other amusement park activities it has to offer.ii 

11) 5 pm Juliana’s  

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac 

Juliana’s pizzeria was named after Grimaldi’s mother “Juliana ‘Julia’ Grimaldi” who had a love and passion for pizza.12 It is located on Old Fulton Street and it is a pretty small pizza shop. It is a good spot to hit for lunch, seeing it is considered the” No.1 pizza joint in the nation” iii. All the pizza lovers can head there to fill themselves up with melt in your mouth goodness. 

12) 8 pm Sweet Treat 

Photo credit Victoria Isaac 

To top off the end of the day, head over to the Brooklyn ice cream factory (1 pm – 9 pm) to cool down and treat yourself to something sweet. The Brooklyn ice cream factory has been known for its many different flavors of ice cream and its location at the Ferry landing; however, this iconic sweet spot may be replaced with a “high quality food and beverage concession” 13 

Lodging 

There are different hotels in Brooklyn that people can stay during their time ranging from cheap hotels to boutique hotels. The Tillary Hotel located by Flatbush Avenue is known for their location within downtown Brooklyn and costs $90 a month. If guests want something of higher class, the New York Marriot located by the Brooklyn bridge is known for their contemporary service and location within the Brooklyn Bridge. The cost is $178 per month. 

 

Places to eat 

  1. Juliana’s pizzeria ($3-$15) 
  1. Piccola cucina ($9-$34) 
  1. Russ & daughter’s café ($7-$150) 
  1. Fornino ($11-$17) 
  1. Five Leaves (Vegetarian) ($3.25-$15) 

Photo credit Miranda Grant

36 Hours in Brooklyn

Victoria Isaac

December 6, 2018

 

Overview

Brooklyn is one of those places that you must go to experience the magic behind it. There is so much history behind the borough and so much more to learn about it.

Brooklyn is home to many different famous landmarks. There is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge that allows you to see the entire view of the city. There are also many different restaurants in Brooklyn that people can go to relax and eat. The whole point is to explore the beauty of Brooklyn and what it has to offer.

The Brooklyn Bridge opened on “May 24, 1883” and is said to be the longest standing bridge in the borough. i This goes to show that for 135 years, this landmark made Brooklyn stand out and there is so much more to be seen and so much more to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

36 Hours in Brooklyn

 

1) Tuesday 8 AM Dumbo Station

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac

Dumbo station was opened in “2008” around the same time that the archway was completed1. It holds the famous Dumbo train car that travels along the railroads in the ground. If anyone wants to feel like a kid at heart, then they can visit this station and take photos alongside the lone car that sits in the tunnel of the overpass.

2) 9 AM Overpass

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac

DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The overpass was built in the “1970s” and residents who lived there wanted “developers” off their land2. Eventually it worked and now the overpass is home to different art galleries throughout Brooklyn. Today, the overpass is a gateway to different stores and shops for people to check out some of the finest items Brooklyn has to offer.

3) 11 AM Gleason’s Gym

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac

Gleason’s gym was originally located in “Lower Bronx” near 149th street3.  Ever since its opening, fighters from all over began coming to this gym for training purposes. Some famous faces that have entered this gym include “Muhammad Ali”, “Eddie Mustafa Muhammad”, “Julio Cesar Chavez” and “Edwin Rosario”4 and those faces helped the gym to grow in business. This gym is popular because of the famous trainers and the boxers that come here to train all the time for championships or personal reasons.

4) 1 pm Luke’s Lobster

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac

Luke’s Lobster first started business in “2009” all the way in “East Village”5 and eventually spread all throughout Brooklyn. It is widely known for its many different seafood choices including lobster rolls, crab rolls and Luke’s trio which consists of half a lobster roll, half a shrimp roll, and half a crab roll. Those who have a shellfish allergy may want to try an alternative solution.

5) 3 pm Brooklyn Historical Society

 

Photo Credit Miranda Grant

Brooklyn Historical Society was founded in “1863” but was originally named the “Long Island Historical Society (LIHS)” and at the time it was made of predominantly women “mostly wealthy” but “no people of color” 6. It is unclear if that rule still applies in current society seeing that is always changing.

6) 6 pm Jacques Torres

Photo credit Victoria Isaac

 

Jacques Torres set up shop in Dumbo back in “2000” and the neighborhood at the time was not ideal to build a factory7. He built the factory by hand with help from his business partner and by opening day it had people lining up outside to get their chocolate. Currently there are eight locations throughout New York and Jacques Torres also has an ice cream shop next door to the chocolate shop.

7) 7 pm Love Dough Pizzeria 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, then Love Dough pizzeria is the best place to go. It’s very close to the bridge and a “charming spot” to go and grab some delicious pizza8. It is a small pizza place right near the Manhattan bridge. It opened its doors on “December 14th, 2015” and is known for their “award-winning” chef who bakes the pizza9. The shop has not been running for a long time, but it is currently one of the best places to go for pizza, especially in Brooklyn.

8) Wednesday 9 am Brooklyn Waterfront

 

Photo credit Miranda Grant

As a great way to start off the next day, spend some of the morning going down to the waterfront. The waterfront has a great view of the bridge and an amazing look at the water. The waterfront was used as an “artery” for transportation and “cargo ship” started traveling to and from New York City in the start in “1817”10 and now it is a great spot to look at the sea life that lives in the waters and go fishing as well.

9) 12 noon Carousel

Photo credit Victoria Isaac

If you want to feel like a kid at heart, then this is the place to go. The carousel was originally built in “1922” in Youngstown, Ohio. By 1984, the carousel was “auctioned off” to a couple named “Jane and David Walentas” and restored the carousel to its “original elegance” 11. Today the carousel is a great place for kids to have fun after a long morning of walking around the front and just need time to be themselves.

10) 3 pm DUMBO

 

Photo credit Victoria Isaac

DUMBO is considered the best spot to view everything there is to see in Brooklyn. If someone is visiting for the first time, the first thing they should do is “walk the Brooklyn Bridge” then “see great street art”, and finally to top it all off, head over to “Coney Island” to become a kid at heart with all the fun roller coasters and other amusement park activities it has to offer.ii

11) 5 pm Juliana’s 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Isaac

Juliana’s pizzeria was named after Grimaldi’s mother “Juliana ‘Julia’ Grimaldi” who had a love and passion for pizza.12 It is located on Old Fulton Street and it is a pretty small pizza shop. It is a good spot to hit for lunch, seeing it is considered the” No.1 pizza joint in the nation” iii. All the pizza lovers can head there to fill themselves up with melt in your mouth goodness.

12) 8 pm Sweet Treat

Photo credit Victoria Isaac

To top off the end of the day, head over to the Brooklyn ice cream factory (1 pm – 9 pm) to cool down and treat yourself to something sweet. The Brooklyn ice cream factory has been known for its many different flavors of ice cream and its location at the Ferry landing; however, this iconic sweet spot may be replaced with a “high quality food and beverage concession” 13

Lodging

There are different hotels in Brooklyn that people can stay during their time ranging from cheap hotels to boutique hotels. The Tillary Hotel located by Flatbush Avenue is known for their location within downtown Brooklyn and costs $90 a month. If guests want something of higher class, the New York Marriot located by the Brooklyn bridge is known for their contemporary service and location within the Brooklyn Bridge. The cost is $178 per month.

 

Places to eat

  1. Juliana’s pizzeria ($3-$15)
  1. Piccola cucina ($9-$34)
  1. Russ & daughter’s café ($7-$150)
  1. Fornino ($11-$17)
  1. Five Leaves (Vegetarian) ($3.25-$15)