A visit to Brooklyn deserves more than a day trip - Day Two
Jan. 15, 2019 | Updated Jan. 23, 2019
Forty Acres and a Mule, Spike Lee's production studio, located in Fort Greene Brooklyn.
Congratulations, you have made it to Day Two! There is plenty to do today, so let's get started.
Tuesday - Day Two: Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, Park Slope
Today, start by grabbing a Citibike and riding to the Manhattan Bridge. Biking across the Manhattan Bridge is a great workout and you can also get some amazing views of both Brooklyn and Manhattan for your Instagram feed. In addition to the views, there will be some interesting street art along the path to take in as well, if that’s your thing.
When you return to the Brooklyn side, you’ll be right next to the Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO. DUMBO is an acronym that stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The neighborhood was once an industrial/warehouse district, which was typical of New York neighborhoods directly on the waterfront in the 19th and early 20th century. As de-industrialization took hold in the latter half of the 20th century, the neighborhood became an artists’ haven. If you recall the 1986 movie “She’s Gotta Have It,” Nola, the lead character, is an artist who lives in a DUMBO loft.
Today, DUMBO has evolved from its starving artists' days into a posh neighborhood that is home to a high income crowd. Residents in the neighborhood are more likely to be celebrities than painters now. But even though few artists can afford to live there anymore, the neighborhood has maintained a lot of its gritty-chic charm that attracted them there decades ago. Many of the streets still retain cobblestone that was first laid in the 19th century, and some streets even retain the tracks from the long defunct street cars that once traversed Brooklyn. Additionally, many of the apartment buildings were created from old warehouses and factories.
Walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park
, which occupies the waterfront between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. BBP is divided into two sections: Main Street Park and Empire Fulton Ferry Park. From here, you can see the best views of lower Manhattan’s skyline. Afterwards, stop at the Brooklyn Roasting Company’s location on Jay Street
for coffee and light snacks. If you would like something more savory, the famous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
is also nearby, underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
From DUMBO, bike down to Prospect Park. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s most famous park, designed by the same architect that designed Manhattan's Central Park. While Prospect Park is not as well known to outsiders as Central Park, it is a Brooklyn institution and a must see for anyone visiting Brooklyn. There are many things to do in the park, regardless of the season. Many Brooklynites picnic there during warm weather. The path that circulates the park is popular for jogging, bicycling, and rollerblading. There is a zoo on the east side of the park. The lake in the southern area of the park has paddle boating during the summer. During the winter there is ice-skating at the LeFrak pond.
For drinks and dinner, head west from the park and walk into the Park Slope neighborhood. There are many great restaurants and bars spread all over Park Slope, and it would take years to try them all. Fifth Avenue is the heart of the neighborhood, and it should be easy to wander into a suitable place for drinks. For dinner, try Negril BK
. This is the Brooklyn outpost of the famous Negril Village
located in Manhattan. The newer sibling is just as good, and it respectfully pays homage to Brooklyn’s rich history as a primary destination for immigrants from the Caribbean islands.
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Stephon Owens is the Founder and CEO of Vezpuchi.