When people think about traveling to New York City, it’s pretty exciting to spot all those tourist spots for the first time: Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, or The Met. However, in light of trying new things, we always encourage New York travelers to try the outskirts. Today’s subject? Brooklyn. We don’t know if it’s the brownstones tucked closely together along narrow streets, bustling street vendors packed with shiny fruits, locals crowding the entrances of arcade bars or art gallery openings, but Brooklyn sure does charm.
The Bedford neighborhood of Brooklyn has this quaint and charming feeling all around it. In the summer, open cafes leak breezes filled with espresso and good food, and locals breeze by in sundresses. In the winter, it’s even cozier. Cue candlelight and wine. This list of vintage shops should get you started on the right track.
Hands down, the best view of Manhattan is the one through The Wythe windows. The hotel itself is a 116-year-old factory building, so the architectural nostalgia is thriving. The bar on top of the hotel hosts a romantic spot perfect to kick off your evening in Brooklyn. We suggest going early, the line into the bar can get a little crowded with hopeful happy hour plans.
If it’s one thing New Yorkers don’t do, it’s wait in line for food. That’s why those quick spots to grab a bite to eat are best! Terrace Bagels, located at 224 Prospect Park West between 16th Street and Windsor Place in Brooklyn, should be a go-to. After you slap its homemade cream cheese on thin slices of turkey and mustard, wander to Prospect Park to enjoy.
This, of course, may be best for those summer months. Locals live by the food nearby at Ted & Honey, with lots of open grass, tables, and benches to enjoy the grub in the park. Also, the park’s southern border of the historic Verandah Place is lined with carriage houses and stables built in the 1840s.
Robert, located in the Boerum Hill neighborhood, is a charming local spot with vinyl spinning, cheap drinks, and effortless atmosphere.
Pearl’s Social & Billy Club has the highest ranking on Foursquare for Brooklyn’s best hot toddy. So pull up a bar chair in Bushwick and sip by candlelight.
Williamsburg is home to The City Reliquary, a museum filled with the oddities and collections of the city. Think subway rat bones, unicorn figurines, and elaborate coin collections. The museum is a don’t-miss and locals often visit it more than once. There’s always something new they can find.
Next to Upright Coffee, one may think Sunshine Laundromat is just your normal spot. See where this is going? It’s totally not. If you wander inside, you’ll pass a few classic pinball machines and spot a strange stack of washing machines at the very back of the laundromat. Through those doors, you’ll find another world, a world of pinball. The Laundromat is open 7am to 2am but the pinball backroom doesn’t open till 2pm.
You can walk straight into the 19th Century without leaving Brooklyn. Just off the York Street subway, Vinegar Hill named after the Irish Rebellion, reigns. It’s worth taking the trip.
Enjoy like the locals of yesteryear, The New York Transit Museum is operated by the MTA themselves. Therefore the history, steel, stone, and backbone of the industry thrives. Besides, the museum is housed in the Court Street Station, and streetcars date back to 1903.
Brittany is a member of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. Her favorite things about Sun Country are the close-knit family vibe and the passion behind the people, as if the employees and customers grew up loving the “airline next door.” Her favorite destination? The whimsical forests and rain of Seattle’s coast.