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Top 5 Things to Do in Brooklyn, NY

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Visitors (and locals of course) fall in love with Brooklyn as soon as they get a chance to walk around the friendly neighbourhoods, taste the Italian food and witness the beautiful sights from this trendy borough. These are the Top 5 Things all locals will have done and what any visitor should do too to enjoy the best of what Brooklyn has to offer.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
It’s that iconic view; the one of the massive, looming limestone and granite structures spanning a walkway with suspension cables careening down, leading the photographer either into downtown Manhattan or into the neighbourhood of DUMBO. Whichever your destination, it’s imperative you walk this bridge at any time of day whether it be at sunset to enjoy the views over Manhattan and the water or during a sunny day and take advantage of a delicious ice-cream on the pier to treat yourself. The walk only takes about 30 minutes!

Get fed by an Italian
NYC is famous for its incredible pizza but Brooklyn in particular is responsible for giving the city its warranted reputation. Check out our Top 5 Guide to the best Pizzerias in Brooklyn to help direct you to the best of the best.
We also recommend stopping in any of the multitude of delis for an Italian hero with all the trimmings, made to your liking. In the best ones, you’ll see all the restaurateurs shopping for their daily ingredients so you know it’s good (such as Esposito & Son’s at357 Court St.).

Head to a Brooklyn museum
With such amazing museums in Manhattan, Brooklyn is sometimes overlooked by tourists to NYC. However, a multitude of museums hold seriously interesting arrays of permanent collections and exciting temporary exhibits. From the massive Brooklyn Museum of art established in 1895 to the quirky and unusual Coney Island museum, there’ll be something for everyone. Note that most NYC museums incur an entrance fee.
See our Top 5 Guide to Brooklyn Museums to help you decide where to go according to your preference.

Visit Coney Island
For a real ‘New York’ type day out, a visit to Coney Island really delivers, especially for young kids. Head there with the family during the week if you can to avoid the crowds on the weekends. Adventurous souls will want to test their mettle on the (almost) century-old roller coaster, Cyclone. Taste a Nathan’s Hot Dog (the ones used on July 4th eating contests!), try out various carnival-type games, and don’t forget the Circus side show for some thrills and amusement for all.

Spend the day & evening in a park overlooking Manhattan
If you have the time to spend a day relaxing like a real Brooklynite, then a day at the park should be on your list. On sunny NYC days, New Yorkers throng to the green areas to bask in the sun, cook barbecues and generally leave the hustle and bustle of the busy city behind. We recommend any of the western-facing parks like Brooklyn Bridge Park to really take advantage of the barbecue areas, let the kids roam free and of course to witness one of the best sunsets ever over lower Manhattan.

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