New York City is a well know and popular destination for tourist from all over the world. Statue of Library, Empire State Building, Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge are the most recognizable images. But not everyone realizes that just across the East River is a unique bite of the “Big Apple” with its own character and history. Brooklyn’s shoreline has the natural advantages of deep water and excellent harbor facilities that’s why from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint the waterfront is lined with warehouses.
1. Brooklyn Bridge Park
It is amazing how a wasteland of abandoned warehouses and old piers in just a couple of years has turned to a green park. The builders tried to maximize the usage of the old materials to make the park ecofriendly. Today the area sports a meticulous landscape woven into the aged infrastructure. Aside from the improved scenery, the park provides various entertaining programs for nearby residents and visitors including outdoor movies, concerts and festivals. Take a moment to enjoy breathtaking views of the New York City and Brooklyn Bridge.
Ecofriendly tourists will find several restaurants serving organic food on Brooklyn Waterfront.
There are many good restaurants in the area some of them serve organic food. Stop at Superfine to enjoy seasonal Mediterranean menu with organic meat. The restaurant uses farmers’ market produce and fresh seafood. You can finish your meal with one of their homemade desserts.
3. The Brooklyn Water Front Greenway
Start your day with some physical activity. The Brooklyn Water Front Greenway will be 14 miles of off street path witch will connect the Sunset Park with Green point through neighborhoods, 4 Brooklyn Parks and the Historic Brooklyn Water Front. The Greenway is not completely finished but already today visitors and local residents can enjoy a bike ride along the waterfront or canoe on Hudson River.
4. Siggy’s Good Food
After working up an appetite, swing by Siggy’s good food on Blank and Blank. Siggy’s is an organic eatery featuring homemade whole food, exotic Mediterranean dishes, and refreshing berry smoothies or green juice. The Bright and colorful atmosphere and healthy food will be the perfect punctuation to your fresh air activities. “Organic – back to better!”
5. Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
After lunch meander your way over to Red Hook for the afternoon boarding of the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge. The $10 tour given by David Sharp at the Waterfront Museum highlights the history of New York City as a Major port city and the current and future plans to repurpose the waterfront. Over twenty-three years ago Mr. Sharp was a pioneer of the waterfront restoration movement when he bought a barge for one dollar that was mired in mud and restored it to its former glory. The boat is filled with historic artifacts and even a whimsical sculpture creating an enjoyable and fulfilling atmosphere for adults and children alike. The Waterfront Museum is the last covered wooden barge of its kind and has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
6. Atrium Dumbo
Have you ever seen a wall tapestry made out of live plants? No? Then you should visit “Atrium Dumbo”. The restaurant has an open kitchen and welcoming atmosphere. Try the chef special “pork chop garnished with spoon bread” or “octopus capriccio with fennel and olives” The Chicken dish is also a must try. Dinner for two will cost you around $100 without wine.
7. Galapagos Art Space
Prime your art pallet for tomorrow’s adventure in Dumbo. Galapagos Art Space is New York City’s first L.E.E.D. certified “green” cultural venue and Obie Award winner. The venue is constructed with mostly recycled materials. Expect a mix of music, performance art, reading and film screening.
Fuel up for your day of sightseeing with a fulfilling breakfast. Start your day with a fruit topped brioche French toast or “bagel-and-lox” with caper. The restaurant has an outside garden area perfect for a nice sunny day.
Complete your 36 hours on Brooklyn Waterfront exploring Dumbo Brooklyn historic neighborhood between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Visit one or all three of the most popular art galleries in the area: Etsy Labs on 55 Washington St., Dumbo Art Center on 111 Front St. and Spring on 126 Front St.
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