A visit to Brooklyn deserves more than a day trip - Day Three
Jan. 16, 2019 | Updated Jan. 23, 2019
Patrons enjoying food and drinks in the outdoor seating area at Franklin Park in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Today we head back in the direction of Prospect Park, but this time it’s museum day. First, go to Grand Army Plaza, which you probably passed the day before on your way into Prospect Park.
Wednesday - Day 3: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Crown Heights
According to Wikipedia, Grand Army Plaza was the site of the Battle of Long Island
, which was the first major battle of the Revolutionary War to occur after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (Fun fact: Brooklyn is physically located on the island known as Long Island, but the colloquial term "Long Island" refers to two suburban counties east of New York City.)
The most visible landmark in Grand Army Plaza is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, which was built to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. For some visitors, it may evoke memories of Paris's famous Arc de Triomphe. Similar to the Arc de Triomphe, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch a category of structure that known as a triumphal arch.
From Grand Army Plaza, it is a short walk to the Brooklyn Museum
. The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum, and there are interesting exhibits year-round. If you happen to visit on the first Saturday of the month, be sure to time your visit so that you can participate in First Saturdays
. During the warmer months, it is a fair-like event that happens outdoors on the museum property. Usually there is food and drinks (including alcoholic), music, and various activities.
Behind the Brooklyn Museum is the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It is a great place to spend an afternoon walking and appreciating the foliage. A person might be inclined to space out and ponder life, if she chooses.
After the museum and garden, walk east on Eastern Parkway towards Franklin Avenue for drinks and dinner. Eastern Parkway is Brooklyn’s stately boulevard, intended to inspire leisurely strolls more than the fast paces for which New Yorkers are better known. At Franklin Avenue, you’ll be in the western end of the Crown Heights neighborhood. Franklin Avenue is one of the most active thoroughfares in the neighborhood. Recently it is well known for its density of bars with backyard seating areas, and hip new restaurants. For drinks, we recommend Franklin Park
and Crown Inn
to have a drink outside and interesting conversations with potential new friends. For dinner, check out Mayfield
for a chic-American menu.
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Stephon Owens is the Founder and CEO of Vezpuchi.