When my wife and I decided to take our maiden voyage to New York City
, we weren’t quite sure where to begin. Of course we’ve had friends and family suggest some very iconic areas and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and, of course, the glamorous Times Square. It was essential that we see these areas, although we were looking for something slightly more off the beaten track.
We’ve heard much about Brooklyn before leaving, so my wife and I decided to make it a point to spend a few days exploring this borough. I’m glad we did because it turned out to be a hit. The peaceful streets lined with striking brownstone houses and sprinkled with independently owned artistic establishments made our stroll in Brooklyn all the more soothing after a lively run around Manhattan. A mentionable highlight would have to be our morning walk through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a great dinner at a hip little restaurant in Flatbush, and then ending the evening next to the great Brooklyn Bridge, just like that scene in that Woody Allen movie. I also highly recommend having a coffee and reading a newspaper in the peaceful Prospect Park.
Another suggestion for an area to visit in Brooklyn was a place called Williamsburg. Not knowing much about the city, I thought that we’d give this area a try. It was a very hip and stylish location that gave the city a bit of flair. We stopped by many of the art studios, which were once either factories or other industrialized buildings, and spoke to some of the proprietors there. Many have told us that Williamsburg is a burgeoning artistic place that is both relatively inexpensive and culturally rich for young up-and-comers.
My wife and then ended our New York City adventure by going south to historic Coney Island. There we encountered a colorful blend of cultures ranging from African American, Hispanic, but mainly Russian. A lot of store-fronts and restaurants were even in Cyrillic! It was an interesting mix between iconographic American images such as the long board-walk that reached a theme park resembling something out of a 60’s film; but then there were a group of teenagers break dancing on the board-walk.
We were very satisfied with the suggestions to spend most of our time in Brooklyn after having visited the must-sees. In fact we’re planning on visiting the city again next year as there wasn’t enough time to see everything that we had initially planned. Maybe this time around we’ll have the opportunity to explore more of SoHo and Union Square.