Despite the fact that I have been to New York City a few times in my life, I have never managed to have enough time or energy to make it over to Brooklyn. Staying in Manhattan as I have done before means a pretty long subway ride. Staying even further uptown near Harlem, where we stayed this time, made it even longer. Regardless, it's really not to be missed. We did some pretty standard touristy things around the neighborhoods, but if you manage to do these three things I venture to say it is time well spent.
SEE: THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
The Brooklyn Bridge is a world famous piece of architecture for a reason. While I'm not exactly an architecture nerd, the hundred or so buildings I had to memorize for art history in college taught me that this structure is a treasure. The views of the city while on the bridge are completely stunning, but to get a view of the bridge itself I recommend going to the Manhattan Bridge (here's some good advice for walking it) for a side view.
Another perk? It's totally free, other than transportation costs. Those are negligible if you get the unlimited one week subway pass, which I highly recommend if you're going to be in the city for a few days. Whether or not you choose to walk the whole bridge, I recommend taking the subway a few stops over to Dumbo as well, which is home to the owl graffiti in the gallery below.
SHOP: BROOKLYN FLEA
While we had to go to the indoor winter market, it was still absolutely one of my favorite experiences of the trip. There was everything from amazing vintage to really cool handmade vendors. I actually spotted the booth for Nina Z, shoes I had previously only seen on Instagram. A lot of booths don't want photographs taken, so I don't have too much in the way of beautiful display pictures. However, I truly believe that it's an experience best seen in person. A flea market that you can also drink and get amazing food at is a pretty worthwhile adventure.
As with any other market, my advice is to have cash on hand. In fact, at the Brooklyn Flea in particular I would set a budget and stick to it. It's not your average parking lot flea market, but rather an even that is catered to...well, exactly the kind of people who end up there. It's hip and well stocked. I even got caught up in the nicely dressed crowd and good merchandising and started to seriously consider buying things that aren't really my style.
DRINK: THREES BREWING
As you many know if you have been following my blog for a while, I have a thing with the number three. My blog name used to be Triple Thread, just one of many facets of my life that three ruled. When I realized that the brewery Wes picked to meet up with one of his friends had a 333 address as well as its obvious name, I knew it was a good sign. Threes Brewing did not disappoint. The beer name titles remind me of trying to remember an entire Fall Out Boy song title. I'm sure they are references to things I don't get. But regardless, I stammered through and ordered one of the better beers I've ever tasted (the Everything Was Forever Until it Was No More).
And then of course we hopped on the subway and rode to a random bar in Williamsburg where we were the only people. I had a simple, classic Brooklyn Lager that was so good that I have been hankering for one ever since.