When you think of NYC, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The Statue of Liberty? The Empire State Building? Times Square? Central Park? These most assuredly stand as triumphant symbols of the Big Apple and it's very likely any layman has heard of at least a couple of them. What many people may not realize, however, is that these icons reside within only one of the 5 boroughs (or in the harbor), that being Manhattan.
However, there are many New Yorkers from the 4 outer-boroughs that will be quick to inform a tourist that the real NYC exists outside the glitz and glam of Manhattan Island. And after the pleasure of taking care of Lenna in Brooklyn for 9 days, we were made believers of that sentiment.
As one of the previously-mentioned 4 outer-boroughs, along with Staten Island, Queens and The Bronx, Brooklyn holds its identity as a hard-working and multi-cultural society, thanks to its rich history of industry and immigration. Walking along its streets, it's easy to run into communities from all across the globe, such as Jewish, Puerto Rican and Middle Eastern neighborhoods, which were a stone's throw away from Lenna's lair.
Venturing the countless blocks can be extremely interesting and rewarding, and a handy way that can be achieved is through one of the many Citi Bike stations that line the street. But, one can certainly utilize the dependable subway and bus systems that delve into most of the unique areas, as well.
After the short commute, some of our favorite locales were Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. See, we fancy ourselves as craft-brewery connoisseurs and these three neighborhoods certainly don't lack in the creation of new and exciting beer-tastes. Kings County Brewers Collective & Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co., in particular, offer a relaxing indoor-outdoor environment with top-notch suds, along with friendly & knowledgeable staff (and no, we are not sponsored by either of the two). A casual stroll to the next brewery will greet you with colorful murals, expressive people and up-and-coming cafes and shops, which all help to deem Brooklyn as one and the most trendy and hipster-friendly regions in America.
But it's not all super-tight jeans and music-snobbery in Brooklyn. Families can enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach, the nationally-renowned aquarium, or braving the historic Cyclone wooden rollercoaster, all on Coney Island. And for the money-conscious clan, it's hard to patrol many avenues without coming across one of the myriad parks, which act as an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle. A couple of the more well-established greeneries are Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can find majestic views of Lower & Midtown Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty glistening to your left. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, there are designated piers that boast a vast array of recreational activities, such as basketball, skating, soccer and table tennis.
ProTip: The historic Brooklyn Bridge is definitely a sight to behold with its stone facade and 19th-century architecture. Here, you'll find stoic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Lady Liberty, and its worth a trek across. However, if you want to beat the throngs of tourists on foot with cyclists swerving in and out, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND trying its sister overpass, the Manhattan Bridge, to get you across the East River. It offers most of the same scenic photo ops with a fraction of the foot traffic (and the cyclists have their own lane on the other side of the bridge).
Finally, there's Downtown Brooklyn. Although dwarfed by its neighboring Manhattan, Brooklyn's city-center acts as any other large city's downtown would. It comes complete with a large collection of high-rise buildings, lively bar- and restaurant-filled streets, and 2 professional sports teams, in the way of the Brooklyn Nets & the New York Islanders. An assortment of culture and unique opportunities are around every corner in this high-paced downtown of a borough within the greater City.
Having a sit in Lower Manhattan before embarking on our European adventures was thrilling and wonderful in itself, for obvious reasons. However, being able to also bookend our trip across the pond in the Big Apple, but in Brooklyn this time, allowed for us to get a different feel for another side of "The Greatest City In The World." Having said that, its use as a launch and return site couldn't have been more ideal, as it both helped prepare us for some of the cultures and ideals we were to come across in Europe, as well as provided a gradual re-integration into North American customs upon our arrival back.
Our stay in Brooklyn allowed for us to experience an area of New York City that's often overlooked by tourists. We can't wait to get back and explore more of it, as well as the other 3 outer-buroughs, and hopefully Lenna will be available for another play-date!
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