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Brooklyn Things to Do

  • Coney Island

    Coney Island is so infamous for a reason. Sure, it's undergone some recent development (Luna Park) and now you're less likely to get tetanus from walking on the sand, but there's still a good amount of grit to the area. You can still "shoot the freak" on the boardwalk or watch old men get into arguments. There's plenty to do, the arcade games, the...

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  • New York Aquarium

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    As a child I remember my parents taking us to the aquarium at least once every summer, usually after a few hours of spending time in Coney Island. I recall that my mom would go nuts looking for me as I would run off ahead of them to see my favorite exhibit here at the aquarium. Mom always knew where to find me. I would love to spend hours just...

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  • Botanical Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The gardens are a wonderful place to find yourself in. Although not as big as the New York Botanical Gardens, they still deserve a visit. As a child I would visit the gardens on special occasions, usually Easter or for Mother’s Day. The gardens weren’t of special interest to us children (who wanted to see plants anyway, what fun was that?), but my...

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Brooklyn Restaurants

  • Junior's

    4 out of 5 stars

    I had heard about this famous place from watching Rachel Ray on the Food Network ($40 a Day) and wanted to try it...especially for the cheesecake. Well after venturing to NYC a few times to visit family, I finally had the opportunity to do just that. LJ and I shared a 10 oz. Char-broiled Bacon Cheeseburger on a toasted bun which came with Onion...

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  • Nathan's

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I remember as a child whenever my parents would take us to Coney Island they would treat us to Nathan's Famous hotdog (along with Gino's Italian Ice). We would wait patiently on line to savor those delicious hotdogs. Recently I wanted to relive some of my childhood memories and decided to take a trip to Coney Island and I had to have a...

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  • -Sea-

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Oh please don't eat here; you'll get a bad sense of all that is good about Brooklyn. The food here is bland, inedible; the veggies from a can, the wine from a box. The service is horrible. This felt more like eating in a cafeteria or at Red Lobster than at a proper restaurant. It looks pretty from the outside, but if you can't eat the food (and we...

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Brooklyn Nightlife

  • Williamsburg

    Pleasant, established, comfortable Anglo/Irish pub on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Good tap beer selections, and numerous bottle choices as well. Pub grub too. Sit at the window and look out at the strollers.

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  • Smith Street/Cobble Hill

    If you get up to Smith street, you're set for the night. You can find parking on the street (I didn't have any problem, but we got there early) and just roam from bar to bar. Here's a few of the many many places to go in this area: Angry Wade's 224 Smith 718-488-7253 This place is corner bar with lots of room inside--pool tables and such, if you...

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  • Park Slope

    This is a funky spot to stop by before/after a movie or just to get a bite or a drink. It has a fantastic array of furniture and is arranged to allow for SOME privacy. Very cool. Try to get a seat by the windows overlooking Prospect Park. Sadly, they no longer have tea-time. Try the crepes or the sandwiches...it's more for the location and...

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Brooklyn Transportation

  • Subway

    if you are coming to new york for one week you should buy a weekly train pass. you can use this on the train as well as the bus, so it is worth it. you cannot use the card between two people as there is a 20min gap between the first time the card is swiped before another entry is permitted.

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  • Prospect Park Trolley

    I love Prospect Park, that is why there are so many tips on my pages about this place. And here comes one more. On weekends there is a free trolley service around the park, that's how you can get anywhere you want and to visit places of your choise. The trolley makes stops throughout the park. Just check the trolley schedule on the website...

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  • Your Own Automobile

    Here's the best thing to know about other people driving in Brooklyn. People drive someplace and when they get there, the stop their cars and get out. They don't bother looking for a legitimate space at all. Cars are double parked, triple parked...parked in the middle of the inner lanes, on the medians, on the sidewalks. Chances are, even if one...

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Brooklyn Shopping

  • ABC Home and Carpet

    ABC has opened up a DUMBO location and it's crowded, but more with stuff than with people. Lots of carpets, and lots of large wooden pieces. Fewey knick-knacks...which is good. There is parking available, and the staff is very eager to please. Depends on what you're in the mood for! Doors? Couch? Table? There were some cool dressers...if you have...

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  • Boing Boing

    How do you describe this shop? It's got everything from breastpumps to gorgeous nursing shawls to lace nursing bras and more. They have slings to try on,and because of that I was able to purchase one right then and wear it out! Since nyc is a great place to walk, carrying your baby makes it so much easier. They are very parent/child friendly, and...

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  • Sahadi's

    What makes Sahadi's special? What doesn't make it special??? Middle Eastern and international gourmet foods galore; some of the best AND most inexpensive coffees around. There's also nuts, dried fruits, olives, capers, spices, flours, rices and grains, couscous, bread, pita, nan, crackers, cheeses from every corner of the globe, sausages, European...

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Brooklyn Local Customs

  • Local places for a bite

    You must take time to relax! The perfect place is a cozy space with delicious, freshly made pastries and hot or cold tea, coffee, other lovely liquids... You can either imagine yourself as a character from Austen, sitting in the main pillow-strewn area, and sipping tea. Alternatively, you can retire to the garden (weather permitting) to admire the...

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  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art

    The Brooklyn Museum of Art The Brooklyn Museum has one of the best collections of Egyptian Art in the world; their permanent collection also includes Classical and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Arts of Africa, the Pacific and the Americas. They have installed 28 period rooms and feature an extensive selection of American Paintings. First Saturdays:...

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  • Muster Drills

    Any cruise ship conducts a Muster Drill before leaving port. They review all safety and evacuation rules and procedures. Yes, it's a pain but very necessary.

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Brooklyn Warnings and Dangers

  • Safe and less than safe areas

    To person bragging about being rich and complaining about "old people" This is not a place for bragging about your family's money. As for your insulting "old people," how about you don't make assumptions or judgments as you say. Bklyn--great city. Safety anywhere USA or world--make certain to be alert anywhere you go, look around, and try not to be...

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  • Parks at Night

    As wonderful as Brooklyn parks are during the day, I have learned not to hang around them during the nighttime. A friend and I had a bad experience with some drunk, underage teens who were looking to cause trouble. There was no one around to help us in the dark, so they were able to get away with harassing us. We qucikly got out of the park and...

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  • don't be judgmental

    To person bragging about being rich and complaining about "old people" This is not a place for bragging about your family's money. As for your insulting "old people," how about you don't make assumptions or judgments as you say.Bklyn--great city. Safety anywhere USA or world--make certain to be alert anywhere you go, look around, and try not to be...

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Brooklyn Tourist Traps

  • General NYC tip

    People will try to see you anything and everything on the street. The best deal looks like the cds and dvds. Don't buy these. This is a big big thing at the "junction" where the 2 train ends in Brooklyn at Flatbush Avenue. Use your judgement when you buy stuff.

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  • Magnolia Grandiflora

    Some Brooklyn guide books recommend to visit Magnolia Grandiflora (one of two landmarked trees in all of NYC) in Spring, when it blossoms.Be careful of the neighborhood, the only thing that "blossoms" there is FEAR. Instead, go to the safe and beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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Brooklyn What to Pack

  • Street map of Brooklyn

    It can be very easy to lost your way in Brooklyn, especially if you’re not familiar with the area and you wander away from the main streets. Hence it’s a good idea to carry a small street map. Though there will always be someone around to point you in the right direction. I took the subway out from Manhattan one Sunday to explore Brooklyn and got...

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  • Comfortable Shoes A Must

    Walking shoes are needed if you plan on going far. Shopping for shoes once you are in NY is not recommended since they won't be broken in yet and there are way too many choices. Take your camera and film. I like to have a bag that doesn't look like a camera bag. It helps to look less like a tourist.

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Brooklyn Off The Beaten Path

  • The Greenwood Cemetery

    The Greenwood section of Brooklyn is one of the highest points in that borough. This means it is a good place to both (1) mount a military defense and (2) have a cemetery. George Washington's Continental Army did the former in 1776 while trying to defend Upper Manhattan; and the people of Brooklyn did the latter in 1838. In the mid-1800s,...

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  • Graffitti and Street Art

    Graffitti in Williamsburg is some of the most colorful. Besides the typical tags, there are some beautiful murals, memorial art, and keep your eyes peeled for the aliens! Take the JMZ to Marcy or Lorimer or the L to Bedford

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  • Coney Island

    Coney Island! The Stillwell Avenue Station has been totally re-done. It's quite a sight. Also, try to catch a Cyclones game, if you can! It's a great stadium, and it's not as expensive as Yankee Stadium! If you take the F train, D train, or Q train to West 8th Street in Brooklyn (all the way down!), you will be able to experience Coney Island....

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Brooklyn Sports & Outdoors

  • Running, Walking, Jogging

    And... yes, the Prospect Park again. This place has a lot to offer and I keep giving you some tips about it. Since my house was located just 5 minutes walk from there I used to rollerblade there, my friends were biking or running, other people enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, and even playing football, tennis, or volleyball. On winters ice...

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  • fishing

    This charter is a great value for the money. They not only include the bait and equipment, but also the refreshments. A clean comfortable boat with a knowledgeable crew. sunscreen, a light jacket, and a camera!!

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  • Horseriding

    This sport activity takes place in the Prospect Park as well, but there is more you have to know about it. You may rent a horse everyday from 10:00 am until sunset, lessons are available for $45 per hour ($25 for children) Horses are provided by the Kensington Stables located just accros the road from the park. Well, it is kind of difficult to find...

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Brooklyn Favorites

  • Coney Island

    CONEY ISLAND, I can't repeat this enough. The Cyclone is one of the world's best rollercoasters. When I was a small child, I had an aunt who lived in Brooklyn and owned a toy store there. We used to visit her you can probably imagine what it was like to know as we were heading over the Verrazano Bridge that in a little while, I was going to be...

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  • Sights in the Streets

    The streets in Brooklyn are so much more quieter than in Manhattan. In areas like Greenpoint and Brooklyn Heights it gets fairly crowded but it's easy to wander off the beaten path and find a secluded area.

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  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    This is a fabulous place. When I was a child I used to visit the Garden frequently with my mother. You see us in the photo here. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located at 1000 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn. For information phone: 718-623-7200

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