overlooked by tourists in favor of Manhattan, Brooklyn has its own treasure
trove of surprises: well-curated museums, cool vintage shops, historical buildings,
photogenic parks, and cozy hotels for all manners of travel.
Brooklyn – especially in Downtown, Brooklyn Heights, and Park Slope – also
means prime access to three airports and subways, easing up trips elsewhere in
the Big Apple. What’s more: BK’s culturally diverse neighbor, Queens, is a mere
15-minute train ride away!
uncover under-the-radar gems in NYC’s most populous borough.
Unravel history and the arts in Red Hook.
East River, hook-shaped Red Hook offers a timeless vista of Lady Liberty, along
with some storied waterfront structures.
Connover Street, you’ll find the Waterfront
Museum, home to art exhibits and the century-old Lehigh Valley Barge #79.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s the last remaining
Hudson River Railroad Barge, used from 1860 to 1960.
museum, at Pier 44, Waterfront Garden
features a boardwalk and a boat launch. From the street across Fairway Market,
you can swing by Look North Gallery for
Inuit-crafted sculptures, paintings, and other art installations.
Relive the Gothic period at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Cemetery combines a rarity in New York: tranquil, uncrowded green spaces and
Gothic period installations (say, gargoyles).
hectares of verdant hills, this 18th century cemetery in 25th
Street takes you on pleasurable strolls along tree-lined trails, koi ponds, and
tombstones of prominent New Yorkers, including Toys “R” Us founder F.A.O
Schwarz and The Wizard of Oz actor Frank Morgan.
are the Triumph of Civic Virtue statue,
a baroque chapel, and the Van
Ness-Parsons tomb, a pyramid-shaped tomb guarded by the Virgin Mary and
a superhero in Park Slope’s Superhero Supply store.
away from the Old Stonehouse museum
in Washington Park, the nonprofit Superhero
Supply Store supplies gizmos to those dreaming of saving mankind against
evil. Proceeds go to a good deed: child literacy programs.
Brooklyn’s Statue of Liberty.
37-foot Statue of Liberty replica – sans the mad throngs.
Live the hippie life in Bushwick.
Bushwick offers hipster takeaways: graffiti-adorned walls, hip bars, and thrift
shops selling records and vintage collectibles. Molasses Books has a cozy café serving good coffee and an extensive
collection of second-hand books. For comics and classic records, head to Vinyl Fantasy.
off your day in one of Brooklyn’s prized hotels.
and enigmatic views of
the New York Harbor and Brooklyn Bridge.
loft-inspired Aloft New York
Brooklyn Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn is only a few blocks away from subway lines A/C, F/B, 2/3 and R/Q, the New
York Transit Museum, and the Barclays Center.
at $109 and include a mini fridge, massive LCD TV, free high-speed WiFi, and complimentary
coffee. For front-row seats to the most spectacular view of the city skyline
and the East River, make your way to the hotel’s rooftop bar.
This post is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.