Bash it Out in Brooklyn! AP LBC’S Guide on the list of things to do
Nov 22 / admin@aplbc
Brooklyn is the most popular borough in New York City, and as such, it offers a diverse range of attractions and activities. From the legendary Coney Island to the spanking new Barclays Center, as well as different areas like Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, and Park Slope, the city of Brooklyn has it all.
Since there are so many things to do in Brooklyn, you might be overwhelmed by the variety of possibilities, so we at AP LBC have selected a few must-see sites for you to explore while you’re here. There are various ways to spend a day in the borough, from a walk across a famous bridge to an afternoon in a botanic garden.
The opening of The Williamsburg Hotel has clearly made things easier to offer an allround package for you that packs a premium punch, to experience the local hotspots of Brooklyn like never before. Remember you also have an awesome roof-top pool that offers a dramatic view of the city and its stunning skyline.
Top all of the local hotspots and attractions like a boss and mingle with New Yorkers. Just become a local!
1. Get the best view of Manhattan!
The panorama of Manhattan across the East River is one of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting Brooklyn. From The Williamsburg Hotel’s rooftop bar you can get incredible views of the skyline, or you can walk down the waterfront. You can also take the East River Ferry for a more spectacular view of the skyline.
2. Become the Biker of the Borough!
Biking is a terrific way to experience Brooklyn if you want to travel like a genuine Brooklynite. Simply hire a bike and plan your route on what you want to see, such as riding across the Brooklyn Bridge, or joining an organised bike tour. Taking a bike tour is a great way to chill it out in New York.
3. Visit The Brooklyn Bridge!
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge, an iconic New York City landmark that connects Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn Heights, by car, bike, or stroll. From various vantage points on the pedestrian promenade, get the amazing views of towering buildings made of limestone, granite, and cement, as well as the stunning views of the world-famous cityscape.
The first bridge across the East River was the Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in 1883 after a 24-year construction period. As this is one of New York City’s most popular attractions, go early in the morning or late at night for a more peaceful experience.
4. Relax at the Brooklyn Bridge Park!
The 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, nestled on the East River’s shores, is an alluring spot to relax and admire views of the bustling New York harbour, Statue of Liberty, and both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. The park has playgrounds, piers, and picnic areas. Visitors can enjoy outdoor movies, do rowing, kayaking, and other activities. There is a seasonal ferry that can take you to the governor’s island.
5. Get mesmerized by the art display at The Brooklyn Museum!
The Brooklyn Museum is a great place to get into the arts. Before entering the museum, you must take a moment to gaze at the hypnotic fountain that shoots water up from the sidewalk. This prominent art museum, in addition to a pleasant fountain, includes a vast collection of Egyptian art in its permanent collection, as well as modern art. The museum is free to the public on the first Saturday of each month, commonly known as Target First Saturdays, from 5 to 11 p.m.
6. Spend a day in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg!
Williamsburg has undergone a dramatic transformation in the previous two decades. It began as a haven for artists priced out of Manhattan in the early 1990s, and it quickly evolved into the hub of Brooklyn’s hippie culture. The edgy neighbourhood, on the other hand, is always at odds with mainstream culture. Despite the influx of chains and changes, Williamsburg’s main shopping street, Bedford Avenue, is still filled with many local stores and eateries, and the neighbourhood tries hard to keep its indie vibe.
7. Skip over the waves in Coney Island
Coney Island is just a subway ride away from Manhattan, yet it feels like another universe. Coney Island, which is most popular in the summer, is equal measures beach escape and tacky amusement. During the summer, you may spend a day on the sand, soaking up the rays on the public beach or wandering along the famous boardwalk. This scenic stretch of Brooklyn, which is home to an aquarium, an amphitheater, a minor league baseball team, and a plethora of wonderful eateries, should be on the itinerary of every Brooklyn visitor.
8. Smell the blooming blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Garden!
The lovely 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden should not be missed. You may wander through beauty in the Cherry Esplanade, Cranford Rose Garden, Fragrance Garden, Magnolia Plaza, Shakespeare Garden, or Herb Garden, among many others, depending on the season. It’s a terrific area to snap photos or just relax and appreciate the calmer side of Brooklyn. Even in the middle of the winter, you may find solace in the warmth of the greenhouses filled with rich tropical blossoms and desert cactus.
9. Visit the BAM Harvey Theatre!
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a non-profit organisation that operates three mixed-use venues. BAM Harvey Theater is a cultural venue that hosts cinema screenings, plays, and opera performances. Built-in 1904 as the Majestic Theater, the spectacular theatre housed Broadway musicals, vaudeville, and dramas.
10. Take a trip to Prospect Park!
The Prospect Park Zoo is open all year and features a petting zoo as well as numerous exhibit sections. If you’re travelling with your family, this zoo is ideal for little children and offers fantastic displays for them both indoors and outside. Check out the gophers and rabbits, as well as the farm animals.
11. Visit the New York Transit Museum to taste the past.
This one-of-a-kind museum in downtown Brooklyn is built in an abandoned subway station and features a collection of historic subway carriages. As you explore the automobiles dating back to 1907, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a time machine. Through its displays and memorabilia collection, the museum highlights the stories and history of mass transit in New York City.
If you have children, make sure to take them to one of the many public programmes for children. Take time to explore the gift store, which offers some of the greatest NYC transit-themed souvenirs.
12. Enjoy music on a barge!
Music lovers will appreciate attending a concert on a gorgeous old barge that has been transformed into New York City’s only floating concert theatre, dubbed BargeMusic. Bargemusic maintains a chamber music calendar. It was founded in 1977 by a musician who built a performance hall on a 100-foot steel barge that had been an operating vessel since 1899. Enjoy hearing music in this one-of-a-kind setting.
Brooklyn is a city of expectation and experience, make the most of your time in Brooklyn with AP LBC’s specially curated guide to navigating the neighbourhood and experiencing Brooklyn like never before. Uncover obscure art galleries, tuck into local bars and coffee shops, and make your way to live music venues and intimate fitness studios. Just have a blast!