Here’s Why Brooklyn Should Be Your First Stop In New York
Brooklyn is changing. What once was an abandoned car park is now a farmer’s market, and what was a hairdressers last week, will soon be a speakeasy bar serving specialist cocktails named after bad celebrity combovers.
With such rapid gentrification occurring in New York’s largest borough, it can be hard to know where to go, what do to and how to get there. To help, here are some Brooklyn tips for today’s urban explorers.
Brooklyn (and the wider New York area) has an extremely successful public bike hire system with pick up and drop off points all over. While the clunky two-wheelers wouldn’t exactly make it to the starting line of Tour De France, with dedicated bike lanes on most roads, Citi Bikes are a great way to conquer the city’s gridlock.
Mister Sunday is the best daytime block party in all of New York. In a far-flung corner of industrial Brooklyn, a forgotten patch of grass behind several auto-shops has been transformed with garden lights, food trucks, sangria bars, a DJ booth and the best #sundayfunday dancefloor in the five boroughs. Occurring every Sunday over summer, Mister draws an eclectic collection of people for whom the weekend will never end.
Where Australian’s may be content lining up outside a hardware store for a snag in bread; American’s take BBQ a little more seriously. They meticulously prepare, smoke or slow-cook their meat before sitting down to an artery clogging feast that carnivores the world over dream of.
There is no better place to sit-down to a plate full of beef brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, or smoky, pulled-pork than Brooklyn’s own Fette Sau. In what once used to be a vacant garage, Fette Sau now draws people in with their unique, non-regional take on American BBQ in a relaxed environment. And with a wide selection of local craft beers and boutique American spirits, your weekend Bunnings BBQ run has found some serious competition.
If it seems like everyone is inked, that’s because you can pick up plenty of top quality skin art in Brooklyn. With some of the most celebrated tattoo artists in all of America – like the folk inspired scrawling’s of East River Tattoos’, Duke Riley; those looking for a unique ink-based souvenir from their travels in Brooklyn will (with a little research) not be disappointed.
Brooklyn is evolving so quickly it can be hard to keep up. What was recently a ‘no-go’ zone after dark is now an American epicentre of skinny jeans, fixey bikes and ironic beards. With an open mind and desire to see a different side of New York, Brooklyn will not disappoint.
- Paul Manser @paul_manser