Usually when people who’ve never before been to New York envision it, they picture the glass and steel high rises of Midtown. Sure, there are a lot of those, and you can see them from a great distance. But NYC is way more “small town” than any small town I’ve been to recently. Indie shops, friendly people, and not a Walmart in sight.
This is Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.
Here’s a clever pop culture reference for the Millennials out there: Ninja Turtles on a bench outside of Vinnie’s Pizza in Brooklyn. Of course!
This Time Out article summarizes as well as I could….
When thinking of New York City bridges, one generally envisions the Brooklyn Bridge, or maybe even one of the other large East River-spanning bridges. Their views are spectacular, but so is the view from the bridge that connects Brooklyn and Queens, the Pulaski Bridge. (It bounces with every large truck, so beware.)
This watertower in Greenpoint is the quintessential vintage NYC watertower (in my mind).
The Prospect Park Zoo has free-range(ish) peacocks! It’s a cute little zoo, and worth the $10 or so to get in once in a while.*
*This is one area in which Chicago excels. The Lincoln Park Zoo is not only bigger and more exciting, it’s also free. Sorry Prospect Park, all the wild peacocks in the world won’t change my mind on this one.
Central Park is great, but if you’re looking for something slightly less touristy, hop on over to Brooklyn and check out Prospect Park. It even has a little waterfall, pictured here.
Other benefits of Prospect Park? Roller skating in the summer, grilling areas, and quiet.
Shapes and shadows from common iron fences line Brooklyn’s sidewalks. Notice them!
Forget the hipster donuts you can find at street fairs and in expensive neighborhoods… these classics from Peter Pan Bakery are the best.
So many icons come together here for one mural near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.