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ablarc
December 5th, 2004, 06:00 PM
A friend from abroad wants to be shown around New York. I used to live in Manhattan, but my friend expressed an interest in also seeing Brooklyn, and I suddenly realized that besides Brooklyn Heights, I donít really know Brooklyn at all. And besides, itís changing so fast the latest things would elude me even if there were a decent guidebook to Brooklyn.

So how about it, all you guys who know Brooklyn like the back of your hand? Can you offer some tips to steer us to those places we just canít afford to miss: neighborhoods, shopping, galleries, monuments, parks, restaurants, theatres, bars and scenes?

ASchwarz
December 5th, 2004, 07:12 PM
Some interesting Brooklyn streets:

Williamsburg:
Bedford Avenue- Main hipster street (L to Bedford)
Graham Avenue- Emerging hipster street + Italian community (L to Graham)

Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens:
Smith Street- Yuppie restaurant & boutique row (F to Bergen)
Court Street- Prosperous Families (F to Bergen)

Park Slope:
Fifth Avenue- Yuppie restaurant & boutique row (F,R to Ninth Street)
Seventh Avenue- Prosperous Families (F to Seventh Avenue)

Fort Greene:
DeKalb Avenue- Mixed-race Yuppie playground (G to Clinton/Washington)

Sunset Park
Eighth Avenue- Booming Chinatown (N to 8th Avenue)

Bensonhurst
18th Avenue- the real Little Italy (N to 18th Avenue)

Midwood
Kings Highway- a bustling Russian/Jewish shopping strip. Probably the liveliest shopping anywhere in Brooklyn. (B,Q to Kings Highway)

Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach Avenue- the main Russian shopping street, donít forget the nearby boardwalk and the ocean (B,Q to Brighton Beach)

Edward
December 5th, 2004, 11:15 PM
Wow, good list, ASchwarz,
More tips:


Brooklyn Botanic Garden - best seen in spring

http://www.wirednewyork.com/brooklyn/botanic_garden/jenkins_fountain_lily_pool_17apr04.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/brooklyn/botanic_garden/)



If you get to Brighton Beach - Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk. Visit Russian baths in Seagate on Saturday.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/brooklyn/coney_island/images/coney_island_wonder_wheel_lights_24march02.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/brooklyn/coney_island/)


If you get to Williamsburg - Grand Ferry Park

http://www.wirednewyork.com/parks/grand_ferry_park/images/grand_ferry_williamsburg_9oct04.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/parks/grand_ferry_park/)


Statue of Liberty (http://www.wirednewyork.com/landmarks/liberty/default.htm) and Staten Island Ferry. The view from Beard Street Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/brooklyn/red_hook/images/red_hook_beard_street_pier_liberty_17march02.jpg



Columbia Street Esplanade in Red Hook - fishing in Gowanus Bay.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/brooklyn/red_hook/columbia_street_esplanade/columbia_street_esplanade_red_hook_14june03.jpg



Taking a canoe tour of the Gowanus Canal.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/brooklyn/gowanus/gowanus_canal_canoe_14june03.jpg


Also:
John Paul Jones Park (Cannon Ball Park) - near Verrazano Bridge.
DUMBO - Fulton Ferry State Park

billyblancoNYC
December 6th, 2004, 03:14 AM
Some interesting Brooklyn streets:

Williamsburg:
Bedford Avenue- Main hipster street (L to Bedford)
Graham Avenue- Emerging hipster street + Italian community (L to Graham)

Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens:
Smith Street- Yuppie restaurant & boutique row (F to Bergen)
Court Street- Prosperous Families (F to Bergen)

Park Slope:
Fifth Avenue- Yuppie restaurant & boutique row (F,R to Ninth Street)
Seventh Avenue- Prosperous Families (F to Seventh Avenue)

Fort Greene:
DeKalb Avenue- Mixed-race Yuppie playground (G to Clinton/Washington)

Sunset Park
Eighth Avenue- Booming Chinatown (N to 8th Avenue)

Bensonhurst
18th Avenue- the real Little Italy (N to 18th Avenue)

Midwood
Kings Highway- a bustling Russian/Jewish shopping strip. Probably the liveliest shopping anywhere in Brooklyn. (B,Q to Kings Highway)

Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach Avenue- the main Russian shopping street, donít forget the nearby boardwalk and the ocean (B,Q to Brighton Beach)

Great list. I'd like to add:

Atlantic Ave: Main street that cuts across a number of areas. Boutiques, home furnishings, restaurants, bars, lots of antiques.

See a lot of the side streets in Williamsburg, especially N. 6th. Also Grand.

Manhattan Ave. and it's environs is a very Polish area.

DUMBO, right next to BK Hts. Smallish area with a very cool vibe and some cool places spread throughout. While there, to towards the water for some amazing DT views.

Brooklyn Hts Esplanade for some amazing views.

Carroll Gardens/Red Hook: Columbia St. Increasingly "hip."

Ft. Greene: Lafgayette and Flatbush Ave.

Also, as said before, there's the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum of Art (great museum) right next to each other in Prospect Park.

Of course, all the streets lined with amazing Brownstones or brick rowhouses are reward enough!

ZippyTheChimp
December 6th, 2004, 11:03 AM
If you're on Atlantic Ave, stop by the Waterfront Ale House (http://www.waterfrontalehouse.com/location_brooklyn.html), between Clinton and Henry Sts.

South of Atlantic Ave is Cobble Hill (http://www.southbrooklyn.net/c_hill.html). Walk three blocks along Henry or Clinton Sts to Cobble Hill Park. I think you will like Verandah Place.

Smith St in Carroll Gardens celebrates Bastille Day. A worthwhile side trip is 1st Place thru 4th Place, between Henry and Smith Sts - a less common arrangement of Brooklyn brownstones, set well back from the street with large front yards.
http://www.pbase.com/zippythechimp/image/18628078.jpg

Don't forget the Brooklyn Museum (http://www.pbase.com/zippythechimp/brooklyn_museum)

http://www.southbrooklyn.net/c_hill.html
http://www.brooklyn.net/
http://www.brooklyn.com/

ablarc
December 6th, 2004, 02:22 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys; I now have several days' worth of places to go. I'm thinking of staying in Brooklyn as home base. Any suggestions for accommodations?

billyblancoNYC
December 6th, 2004, 03:24 PM
The Brooklyn Marriott would be the "major" hotel choice, but might be a bit pricey as it's very successful.

There's a Comfort Inn, Days Inn, and Best Western in way southern BK, ie. Sheepshead Bay area. That might be a cheaper, if not a bit less convenient, option.

Nice, here's some B and B's...

http://www.smalltownbrooklyn.com/marketplace/b&b.html

ablarc
December 6th, 2004, 05:31 PM
Billy, thanks for the hotel leads. Youíre right, Brooklynís not really a whole lot cheaper than Manhattan. So I figured hey, you only live once; and I found among your leads what looks like a dynamite bed and breakfast in Park Slope: http://www.bbnyc.com/

billyblancoNYC
December 6th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Amazing B and B, man. That would be a hell of a choice. You might want to call and make sure there will be rooms for you. Timing and the small nature of the B and B could make for a bad mix for you.

The location is AMAZING, though.