Things to Do in Brooklyn, New York
Yo, Brooklyn! Most visitors coming to New York
City spend all their time on the island of Manhattan. But right across the sparkling East River is the borough of Brooklyn. Just a short stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge will bring you to this veritable gem of urban living.
No one is allowed to leave the borough of Brooklyn without visiting Coney Island. Coney Island is home to several worthwhile attractions. One is the Cyclone rollercoaster, built in 1927 and now a designated historical landmark, with its first drop facing the ocean. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league team for the New York Mets, have a new stadium here, also with ocean views. The Mermaid Parade, which is the unofficial kick-off for summer in New York, also takes place in Coney Island.
Located underneath the Brooklyn Bridge on Fulton Street is a very famous pizzeria. Grimaldi's Pizzeria has been lining up Brooklyn residents around the corner for years. The pizza here is cooked over coal-fired brick ovens and reservations are not taken. Show up early or bring your patience along to keep you company.
The Brooklyn Brewery
Located in an old steel foundry dating back to the end of the Civil War, the Brooklyn Brewery has been brewing here since 1987. Free tours (which include tastings) are given on weekends and reservations are not required. The brewery is located on 79 North 11th Street in the Williamsburg section of the borough. The lager is the most popular, but the brewery makes numerous other beers.
Claire Taylor is a health, wellness and travel writer with credits in publications such as "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." Taylor is also a seasoned independent traveler, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.