A Day in Brooklyn: From an NYC Local

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

With it's unique charm and proximity to the city, Brooklyn has quickly become the hotspot of the young and trendy. Its beautiful views, vibrant artistry, vintage shops, and artisan cafes make it a place that many New Yorkers now call home.

Just a short subway ride from the east side of Manhattan lies DUMBO, a small area of Brooklyn right on the East River. DUMBO, standing for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is one of more popular and closer locations that people visit when they go to Brooklyn.

Recently, I took a trip with a friend to DUMBO to explore the area and visit some of most frequented spots by locals. Let's just say that I really enjoyed it (despite it being stifling hot outside). The best times to visit the city or Brooklyn, in my opinion, are May, September, and October. The summer is way too hot (and the subway rides aren't pretty) and the winter is way too cold (trust me, no one leaves their apartments unless absolutely necessary).

When we arrived in Brooklyn in the morning, we decided to grab a bite to eat because one of the many things Brooklyn is known for is brunch. The brunch place we originally wanted to go to wasn't open till later in the day so we decided to head to Clark's, a close by diner (by the way the place we wanted to go to is called the Atrium and they also serve dinner).

I must say I was very surprised by the food and the service. We were in and out of there in 35 minutes which is a record time. As you can see we got a nice spread of food and at the end I ordered a grapefruit (not pictured) which was really good. The food was diner quality (so nothing special) but the menu had so much to choose from, so if you need to grab a quick bite and like a lot of options, definitely go to Clark's.

Next we headed to Front Street to do some vintage shopping. Front Street is the main street in DUMBO, so if your looking for some food or shopping you should go there. We went to this great vintage shop called the Front General Store. They had everything from vintage levis, to bandanas, jewelry, hats, jackets, dresses, shirts, and home decor. And I got a cute navy bandana from there because well I'm really into the new scarf trends :P

After walking down Front street and visiting various shops we went to Brooklyn Bridge Park where they have that famous glass encased carousel and some great views of the city, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The view was amazing and of course I had to take a ton of pictures.

We were so tired from all our walking and shopping that we decided to check out the famous One Girl Cookies coffee shop and grab a snack. They're famous for their coffee and cookies, so we tried one of their cute whooppie pies and crazy looking cupcakes. It was definitely a nice treat.

Since one of our main goals of the day was to see some cool art, we took a walk around the area and found some cool graffiti walls like these ones. Walls like these are all around Brooklyn and are always changing, so when you go back a month later, there's always something new to see!

And for the last hurrah of the day, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge (we did not walk the whole thing, we just decided to walk 1/4 of the way because well we were too lazy). If theres one thing you have to do in Manhattan or do in Brooklyn its walk across this bridge. The bridge is a stunning piece of architecture and you get such an amazing view of the city, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building, Brooklyn, and the Manhattan Bridge. I walked the whole thing one time, and its a challenge, but totally worth it in the end!

We ended up finishing everything we wanted to do in DUMBO so early that we didn't get a chance to eat dinner there. However, if you are in DUMBO for dinner, you should go to Julianna's Pizza. It's right next to the famous "Grimaldi's" and its arguably the most popular pizza place in Brooklyn. A lot of people will go to Grimaldi's next door thinking its the famous pizzeria but its actually Julianna's that the famous Grimaldi's still use their original recipe at. The pizza is out of this world so you should definitely try it. Just don't go on a weekend. Try and go at a weird time (11:30 am or 5:00 pm) before the lunch and dinner rush. Otherwise you will wait an hour on that crazy line (trust me, its not fun).

Overall, Brooklyn is such a fun place to go and visit for the day to get out of the city, have a nice coffee, see some actual nature (like at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens), and find some unique items.

And since I'm going back to school soon, I was thinking of starting a blog series where I post about various areas I have visited around the city and the best stuff to do there. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see that!

Hope this post made you want to take a trip to Brooklyn!

1 comment:

  1. I loved this post, and I would love to see a series about Brooklyn!