Fun Things To Do In Brooklyn -- Brooklyn NY Attractions

Brooklyn, King Of The Boroughs

Out of the five New York City boroughs, Brooklyn is has the "cool" reputation. Manhattanites often mock the "bridge and tunnel" crowd as they call those of us who commute from the outer boroughs, but if you're from Brooklyn, you get a pass. Indeed, as you walk past the rows of historic brownstones, you can practically hear "Stayin' Alive" pounding through your feet, just as it did for John Travolta in that opening scene of the iconic Brooklyn film, Saturday Night Fever. But even if Brooklyn doesn't automatically put visions of the BeeGees in your head, there are plenty of things to do and see in Brooklyn — and a lot of history to be explored. Here are some fun things to do in Brooklyn. 

 

The Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Activities

1. Walking Across The Brooklyn Bridge: Crossing the bridge is not only exciting in itself, but is a great way to see the Manhattan skyline, especially if it's a clear day. You get great views of the East River, as well as the Statue Of Liberty and Empire State Building. To walk, it's best to start on the Manhattan side. First, check out the waterfront shops by nearby Southstreet Seaport. Then head over to the entrance near City Hall, by Park Row and Centre Street. Make sure you stay on the walking path and beware of bikes because you can easily get run over. The walk itself is fairly easy, but long as it takes about an hour -- especially if you stop to admire the views, which trust me, you will. At the Brooklyn side, there are plenty of good restaurants to relax in and celebrate your "victory." To walk back, go to Prospect Street and Cadman Plaza East or Johnson and Adams Streets. No, you can't buy the bridge, but no joke, I really did see someone hawking pieces of it. To get to City Hall, take the 4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.

2. Prospect Park: This is Brooklyn's answer to Central Park. I'll admit, I haven't been here in years, but I remember going with my grandmother, who's lived in Brooklyn for most of her life. The vast stretch of green is the perfect place for ball games and barbecues, which you'll inevitably see many families enjoying. There are also hiking trails, tennis courts, stables, a carousel, boats and the Lefferts Historic House. In the 585 acre expanse, there's sure to be something there that you'd like! To get there, take the B or Q, or the F, which stops at a different point at the park.

3. Brighton Beach: This is about as close as you'll get to Russia without actually going there. The neighborhood is mostly comprised of Russian immigrants and is, of course, a great place to try authentic cuisine. If you have a lot of energy, I highly suggest spending the evening at one of the nightclubs, like Imperator. I went to this one a couple of years ago for a friend's birthday and it was one of the most enjoyable and surreal nights I've had. Though these establishments are called "nightclubs," they're more like catering halls with an edge. At about $80 a person, it's best to go with a large crowd, so you can experience the full effect. Dress is semi-formal, so when you first sit down, it may feel like you're at a wedding. But that quickly ends as you're served literally about 50 courses of meats, fishes, vegetables and salads, piled as high as your head. After eating, there's dancing to a live band. Then around midnight, the clubs put on these oddball shows which are a cross between the circus and a burlesque act. We stumbled out of the Imperator around 3 a.m., stuffed to the gills and exhausted, but it was time well-spent. To get there, take the B or Q to Brighton Beach.

4. Coney Island: If you're looking for nostalgia here, you'll no longer get it. Astroland amusement park is gone and the beachfront area is being refurbished and modernized. Yet Coney Island still persists, especially during the summer. You can walk by the water or check out the various "sideshow" acts like the "All Men Burlesque." With so many changes underway, it's best to check the calendar on the official Web site (linked below) to see what's open. But even though it may not be the Coney Island your grandparents remember, it's still a part of Brooklyn's history. To get there, take the D, Q, N or F to Stillwell Ave.

5. New York Aquarium: If you're in Coney Island, check out the nearby aquarium. They have a wildlife conservation program and are constantly introducing new exhibits. My friend, who is a teacher and worked there several years during her college days, says it's a great place to take kids because they have many interactive programs.

 

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awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hi Naomi, this is good info and SNF was one of my favourite movies from the 70s. Good job! How did you create the bold column on the right? Is that from choosing a particular template when creating this hub? I guess it will also require manual updating as you write more hubs then?


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Gosh, I miss NYC! Like I said before, I grew up about a half hour or so from Chinatown (so long as there's no traffic). I love South Street Seaport, the Statue of Liberty and of course Chinatown, where you'll never go hungry. Thanks again, Naomi. Congrats on your 30/30 Hubchallenge! Welcome to "The Club"!


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NaomiR 7 years ago from New York Author

Thanks, awsydney,

The right-hand column is actually made up of several separate items. The one with New York articles is simply a text box, which I made a different color and then added a few hub links into. I arranged it so it aligned right (hit the right pointing arrow at the top of the box). The other is my own RSS feed, which should update itself, and then I added an RSS feed from a Brooklyn blog. For those,hit that orange icon at the top, which says "RSS" and then when the box comes up, you can make that align right. It takes some practice laying out the page, but you'll get the hang of it.


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awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

ok thanks Naomi, I really need to learn how to use the RSS feed. I guess it saves a lot of time and effort from having to update things all the time.


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E. A. Wright 7 years ago from New York City

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is worth it just to see the entrepreneurial spirits perched near the top of the bridge making a buck (or three) selling water.


Barbara from Brooklyn 7 years ago

Wonderful article. As a native Brooklynite, I enjoy reading enthusiastic articles about my great borough. Congrats on a great job.


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

We'll be in NY next year for a wedding. It will be good to be back. My daughter studied at CW Post and lived in Westbury, Long Island. I'll definitely try to see everything and Brooklyn for sure! Enjoyed your hub


Norma gelmis 4 years ago

I admit Brighton Beach and Prospect Park are two of my most favorite places to mingle with my peeps lol that s my term for friends. and i am also fond of the dumbo area where the promenade connects since I was growing up brings back memories if yah know what i mean. walking the promenade never gets old. I grew up in Ny most of my life and now that i am an adult I tour NYC by myself all the time and proud to say i ve accomplished traveling independent . I also love going to çoney island during the summer time

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