36 Hours In Brooklyn
Brooklyn has always been known as the entry point for immigrants, historians, and activist. This borough is a landmark in itself, every corner you turn and every building you enter has a story. What makes Brooklyn so attractive is that within Brooklyn’s history there is endless diversity and rich culture. Although many neighborhoods are commercialized and gentrified Brooklyn’s evolution from small town to big city has allowed tourist from all over the world to experience what this city has to offer. If you look hard enough there’s still preserved buildings and bridges that will give visitors a sense of appreciation and respect for the structures that still stand to this day.
- 2 p.m. Sheepshead Bay
Head to the bay that divides Brooklyn’s mainland to Coney Island and take in the captivating scenery of the bay that was named after the striped toothy fish that was once found and eaten in abundance. Pick up some fishing gear at Stella Maris supply shop, hop abroad the docks along Emmons Avenue, and take a peaceful day to go fishing or choose to lift up your spirits and party on a yacht. Cross the bridge and take the perfect Instagram worthy selfie with the beautiful bay behind you. A location friendly for people of all ages, Sheepshead bay is the perfect staycation location for those trying to enjoy a different part of Brooklyn while in their own home country, this neighborhood has endless history and exciting attractions.
- 4 p.m. Pay your Respects
Take a 15-minute walk, skirting through old buildings and admiring the architecture of this unique neighborhood, come upon New York’s first public Holocaust Memorial Park located at the end of the bay between Emmons Avenue and West end avenue. There you’ll find the external light standing among the granite tombstones dedicated to the victims of the Nazi genocide. “inscribed with the poignant words of Nobel peace prize-winning author Elio Wiesel”. Learn about the roots of the Jewish people who live here and appreciate and respect their history that’s framed this neighborhood to what it is now.
- 5 p.m. Hungry yet?
One simply cannot understand Brooklyn if they have not had Brooklyn’s famous sandwiches. Head to Brennan & Carr at 3432 Nostrand avenue to indulge on the roast beef sandwiches with a side of fries for only $9.50 have the option to have your sandwich poured with their signature beef broth or clam chowder ($2.60-$2.95). If you’re not feeling the restaurant vibe, go to Roll N Roaster “the not so fast, fast food restaurant” (2901 Emmons avenue) and have a roast beef sandwich in a casual funky 80s setting for $6.45 and fries for $2.95. Enjoy the pride and joy of what makes Brooklyn, Brooklyn and all for a cheap price. Debate over which serves the best sandwiches in one of the most talked about distinctive neighborhoods.
- 6:30-10 p.m. Where the fun never ends!! (Seasonal)
Take the B or Q train and get off at Coney Island, let loose and head to the amusement park, a destination filled with entertainment, locals, tourist, and crowded beaches. Enjoy the park during the night with the twinkling lights and go to the booths to win your loved ones a plush toy. Feeling a bit more daring? Buy a Luna pass at Coney Islands Luna park and enjoy the rides for $40 for unlimited adrenaline thrilling rides or for $29 on specifics days enjoy the rides for a lower price. Get on Deno’s Wonder Wheel and the famous Cyclone. Grab a quick bite and try the popular fried dough covered in powdered sugar and try Nathans famous hot dog’s combo meal ($5.79-$6.19) that is beloved and a must buy in any amusement park. “Coney Island was the largest amusement park in the United States between 1880 and World War 2”.
- 9 a.m. Jewish-American Food
Start the morning right and grab breakfast at “hot bagels and bialys” located in 1201 Quentin Rd, locals love this cozy bakery that offers traditional Jewish American Bialys. A Flatbread roll, topped with chopped garlic or onions. Bialys originated from the famous export of bialy stock, which comes from a city in northeastern Poland. Enjoy your bialys with toppings of your choosing (cream cheese, eggs, strawberry jam, bacon, etc.) price ranges from about $2-$6. The Zaire family, owners of this lovely bakery have been around for 35 years providing and giving visitors a delicious breakfast. Chris Zaire’s says “Everything is made fresh, right out the oven, every day—I mean, our bagel is considered one of the best in Brooklyn, same with our sugar-free bialys. Throughout the day we’re only closed between 1 am and 4 am; you can get them in that 21-hour time frame. We make them fresh throughout the day”
- 10:30 a.m. A bit of history with a twist
Make a quick visit to the historic Lundy’s building, this property was once occupied by a seafood restaurant that was open during the 1930s but now this property is a New York City landmark (1989). The building itself is preserved but inside now is a gourmet food market called Cherry Hill. “The buildings sand-colored stucco and mission tiles are still preserved”. Take in the structure and its architecture and while you’re at it, stop by and get some authentic Jewish products that can’t be found anywhere else in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is a city filled with massive gentrification but it’s amazing to know that here in the southern part of Brooklyn still stands a structure from the 1980s.
- 12 p.m. Spending spree
Get some shopping done in Sheepsheads Bay small shopping outlet, grab some popular known clothing brands at Macys Backstage. Buy your desired shoes, jeans, and tees right here in the heart of sheepsheads bay for a reduced price. This Slavic neighborhood may seem old but trendy where it counts. Enjoy your evening with the family at yogurt city selling premium frozen yogurt or have a nice cup of coffee at Cats Café. Relax sit and enjoy this divisive neighborhood and what it has to offer.
- 2 p.m. Calamari anyone?
Stop by at Randazzo’s popular clam bar and nourish your stomachs with their various arrangements of seafood. Of course, visitors who come to this neighborhood should sample the flavors of the ocean’s because it’s only fitting to enjoy platters of seafood while near the bay. When in sheepshead bay visitors can “Climb onto a stool at Randazzo’s clam bar (Emmons Avenue) and feast on a plate of raw littleneck or cherrystone clams, or pour their legendary marinara sauce over the fried calamari” (Dishes arraying from $20-$30). Enjoy dishes of your choosing for a great price, in a laid-back atmosphere that is perfect for friends and family who love seafood.
9) 4 p.m. Some culture
Walk a bit and digest your food while you head to the church that has worshiped the neighborhood for more than 150 years. Saint Marks Church current location is 2609 east 19th street and was originally built in 1931. Take in the ornate stained glass windows and grand marble columns with breathtaking ceiling paintings that make you feel like you’re in a grand European church. Gain knowledge on this Slavic neighborhoods religion and understand their beliefs that shapes and makes this neighborhood so historically significant.
10) 6-9 p.m. Theaters
End the night admiring Kings theaters exquisite interior, this historical landmark is used for live performances where popular shows like the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze is held. This theater is located at 1027 Flatbush Ave, take the Q train just a 30-minute ride from the church. This theater was designed by architectural firm of Rapp and Rapp; it was built in 1929 and was renovated in 2013-2014. Want to know more about this theaters history? Book a date and get the opportunity to receive a historical tour and learn about the theater’s architect and its significance. This is the perfect location for friends and family to truly enjoy the art of live performances while learning about the history of this theater.
Enjoy your stay in Downtown Brooklyn at The Tillary Hotel located at 85 Flatbush Ave not too far away from Sheepsheads Bay (Q and B line). Stay at this stylish hotel with “modern and industrial aesthesis, end grain wood tile flooring” Take advantage of the hip café and beer garden, room prices ranging from $130-$150 a night for a classic king, queen, and luxury king size beds.
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