All Things Brooklyn – Brooklyn Sting: The Reluctant Bridge-Crosser’s Guide To Brooklyn

Hi, I’m Jaime, and I’ll be covering the Brooklyn beat here on the neighborbee blog every week. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for eight years, but I definitely don’t know everything about it. So while I’ll be bringing you news and events from BKLYN, I’ll also rely on the community to keep me informed and in check about anything I’ve missed.

When you live in Brooklyn as long as I have, you notice your friends falling into one of two groups: those who live in Brooklyn, and those who refuse to step foot in another borough besides Manhattan. So to introduce you to my Brooklyn neighborhood as well as drag some of you over one of the three bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan, I’m presenting you with the Reluctant Bridge-Crosser’s Guide to Brooklyn. Strap on your most comfortable ironic footwear!

First I’m going to send you west, through historical Brooklyn Heights to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which stretches from Remsen Street to Orange Street along the East River and above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. It’s only 1/3 mile long, but it’s scenic no matter which way you look: north to the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, west to lower Manhattan, east to historical mansions, or south to the Statue of Liberty.

Head north into DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and stay close to the water to hit both the Water Taxi and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at the Fulton Ferry Landing. A block or two east up Old Fulton Street brings you to world-famous Grimaldi’s Pizza (no delivery, only eat-in or pick-up). It’s well worth the 20-minute wait, and smaller groups get in faster.

Finally, take some time to stroll around the Brooklyn Bridge Park. While some playgrounds and grassy areas are already in place, there are plans for the park to stretch from its current location down to Atlantic Avenue – comprising over 75 acres of parkland. You can’t beat a quiet summer afternoon with both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges looming overhead and South Street Seaport in view across the water.

So that’s it from me for this week! Keep an eye out for some Brooklyn listings later in the day, and I’ll see you all bees next week. If you think there’s something Brooklyn related that I should know about, please email me at jaime [at] neighborbeeblog dot com.

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