In recent years, food has become a featured attraction and a signature. One way to tour the area is simply to eat your way from neighborhood to neighborhood — and no one who has been here would blame you. Given the the influx of hungry, locavore-inclined hipsters, numerous ethnic influences and the relative affordability of space, Brooklyn innovatively satisfies every craving from a slice of pizza to gastronomic Elysian Fields.
Shopping takes new and exciting forms on this side of the bridge. Between the secrets and surprises of plentiful vintage shops and flea markets and the surfeit of artist and artisan-owned boutiques, it’s hardly possible to walk down an avenue or shopping street without facing temptation. Our best advice: walking shoes, a guidebook, an extra lightweight shopping bag and a flexible schedule.
Culturally, artistically and socially, Brooklyn is the East Coast at its best — a constantly growing and changing matrix of diversity, opportunity and creativity. Starting in the 1970’s, artists rediscovered and reinvigorated it, sparking a cultural and culinary renaissance that today, along with a new wave of Asian and Latino immigrants, continues to energize this entire heart-shaped borough.
Arts & Culture Around Town
Brooklyn’s landmarks run the gamut from the classic to the ultra-kitschy. In one day, it’s possible to walk in the footsteps of Dutch settlers, discover traces of the underground railway and ride the world-renowned Cyclone Roller Coaster. If, however, your taste runs to the incomparably picturesque, be certain to catch the view of the Statue of Liberty at sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge — fleeting as the moment may be, it’s the same exquisite vista travelers have relished from this spot since 1883.
Things to See Around town