Brooklyn New York

Visitor’s Guide to New York City

DSC00924IMG010DSC00938 DSC00939

No matter where I travel, New York always has a special place in my heart. I LOVE this city!. While you’re visiting New York, I want  you to fall in love with the city the way I have. I’ll share some of New Yorks best kept secrets that only a New Yorker could tell you.

Don’t be afraid to take the NYC subways. Just use common sense and be alert. Don’t flash jewelry, electronics or money and make sure your bags are securely closed. The NYC subway system is pretty easy. One tip I used when I first moved to New York: MOST trains go in two directions in Manhattan – uptown and downtown. Uptown is Queens, Washington Heights, or Bronx bound and downtown is Brooklyn bound (South Ferry on the #1).IE if you’re on 34th and want to go to Queens you’d take a uptown bound train. If you need to transfer from a train to a bus (or vice versa), transfers are free using your metro card within 2hrs. To figure out what subway you should take go to this site and download the app for your phone: hop stop app. Also,most token booths have free NYC Subways maps. They are super-useful, and you can keep them as a souvenir when you get home!

OK Now that you know how to get around let’s, get to the destinations!

SPOTLIGHT ON BROOKLYN MUSEUM

#1 You must visit the Brooklyn museum. The Brooklyn museum is donation based with a suggested donation of $12 per person. Currently the BK museum is exhibiting Keith Haring’s early work from 1978-1982. The exhibit will be on display from March 16-July 8,2012.

Raw/Cooked by Heather Hart is another cool exhibit that is sponsored by Bloomberg company and this exhibit is actually interactive. You and your friends/family will love it. Note you do have to sign a waiver and open toe shoes and heels are not allowed. This exhibit will run April 13th-June 24,2012

Question Bridge Black Males by Hank Willis Thomas,Chris Johnson, Bayete Kenan and Kamal Sinclair is a unique exhibit I really enjoyed. Basically, it’s a video of 150 black males being interviewed and the way it is edited it appears they are all having a conversation. Some of the social topics that were covered were why do black males not go to the doctor, what is this “code of the streets” love, interracial dating. This is a must see. Question Bridge Black Males will be on exhibit until July 15th, 2012.

These are my favorite three exhibits right now but to get info on exhibitions being held at the Brooklyn Museum, click the link to visit their site.

What are the hours and days the museum is open?

How do I get to the museum?

Question Bridge Black Males exhibit has been extended at the Brooklyn Museum until July 15th.

Question Bridge Black Males  by: Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Kamal Sinclair and Bayete Ross Smith, is a amazing exhibition that has received so many great review that the Brooklyn Museum extended its stay.This video consist of 150 black males being interviewed and the way it is edited it appears they are all having a conversation. Some of the social topics that were covered were why do black males not go to the doctor, what is this “code of the streets” love, interracial dating. This is a must see. Question Bridge Black Males will be on exhibit until July 15, 2012.

If you haven’t taken a moment to visit the Brooklyn Museum and watch this video you are doing yourself a disservice. Not only is the video of  150 males very informative, the editing weaves their words together which simulate a stream of conscious dialogue. It  appears that the men are all having a conversation some posing questions then the other answers.

I really enjoyed Question Bridge  and found the editing and the way the conversations flowed from one screen to the next to be quite genius.

To get a feel of what the discussion will intel click this link to watch a clip.

For pictures from the roundtable discussion

Q&A

What is the address to the museum and how can I get there? 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn NY 11238. Click this link for directions.

How much does it cost? Suggested donation is $12

Is there parking at the museum? Yes the museum does have a parking lot to see cost click the link

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

So you’ve enjoyed yourself at the Brooklyn Museum but are not quite ready to go back to your hotel? Fortunately, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is right around the corner from the Brooklyn Museum. You can purchase a Brooklyn Art and Garden ticket which will give you same day access to the Garden as well as the Museum. The suggested contribution is $20 for adults, $11 for students with ID, Seniors $11, children under 12 are FREE. Speaking of FREE- if you plan on visiting the Botanical Garden on Tuesday there is no cover but do note that the Brooklyn Museum is closed on Mon and Tue.

Whether you are a visitor to NYC or a NYC resident, this is a must see event that only happens once a year at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens:

Getting Here Via Public Transportation: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden Address is 900 Washington Ave

New York City Tourist Guide to the Williamsburg Bridge

A great way to really see New York City and get some beautiful views and camera shots is to walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. The Williamsburg bridge is 1.2 miles long and can be entered from Manhattan at Delancy and Clinton Streets. If you are coming from Brooklyn, you have two entrances: the first entrance is on the corner of South 5th Street and South 5th place “South 5th Place. (South 5th Place is between Driggs Ave and Roebling Street). The second entrance is located on Bedford Ave between South 5th and South 6th Streets. Please note that one side of the bridge is designated for bikes and the other side is designated for walkers. You will see signage that will up that will let you know if you’re on the right side. This is a beautiful walk that you and the entire family will truly enjoy.

If you are feeling like you want to rent a bike, I  recommend Landmark Bike Rental Shop located on the Brooklyn Side of the bridge. If you would like to rent a bike for 24hrs the cost is $35. For a complete price list call (347)799-2116 address and contact info click the link.

Another cool discovery was the Traif Bike Geshefton on the Williamburg side of bridge. Their address is 99 South 6th Street between Bedford and Berry Street. Please note that they are open on Tue-Sun 10am-12am and only accept cash as a form of payment. If you happen to get a flat they have a pump for you to use BUT they also have a outside vending machine where you can buy a pump, tire repair kits,small u-locks etc Although they no longer rent bikes, if you were to catch a flat, this is the place to go for a repair. For Directions to Traif Bike Gesheft located at 99 South 6th Street click this link

Now that  you’ve walked,run,peddled your way across the Williamsburg bridge, you’re probably ready to grab a bite to eat.

If you’re on the Williamsburg side you have options ranging from Peter Luger  to the Velvet Lounge:

If you’re on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge, the options are endless, but I’d like to point out my very favorite spot which is Sugar Sweet Sunshine. They have the best banana pudding in New York City.
Q&A
#1 What subway will take me to the Williamsburg bridge Manhattan entrance? You can take the (JMFZ) train to Delancy/Essex.
#2 What subway will I take to get on the Williamsburg Bridge Brooklyn entrance? You can take the (JMZ) train to Marcy.
#3 I’m not close to those trains how do I get to them? Put in your address and destination Williamsburg Bridge click this link for directions.
#4 I don’t feel like walking.Can I get some good pics from inside the train? You can def get a great view from inside the train but photographs may be a little      challenging as there are always trains going in the opposite direction which will obstruct your shot. Also be aware of reflections from the window glass.

I’m in Brooklyn New York, what is there to do?

So, you’ve decided to visit the Big Apple. but not sure what’s going on? I’ll share some exciting events that any native or visitor will be sure to enjoy.

Event #1 Take the subway to Brooklyn and visit BAM “Brooklyn Academy of Music”

BAM is currently exhibiting the 150th anniversary archive exhibition. This exhibit explores the rich history of art a century and a half in the making. There are archival videos, photographs, most dating from the earliest days of BAM. This exhibition will run until Aug and is #FREE. For more info click this link

For more details  on this event and BAM click this link

Event #2 The Famous Fulton Street 

Once you have enjoyed BAM and are ready to explore more of Brooklyn, why don’t you walk down Fulton Street and stop by Junior’s restaurant which is famous for their cheese cakes. I must say the food isn’t great so you will be happy you ate from a food vendor at BAM but do make sure you save room for their cheesecake, they are delicious. For more information click this link.

Then take a stroll to The Brooklyn Heights Promenade. This will make for great photo opportunities and give you a moment to relax and really take in NYC. For more info on the Brooklyn Promenade click this link.

Event#3 Walk Across the Willamsburg Bridge 

A great way to really see New York City and get some beautiful views and camera shots is to walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. If you are coming from Brooklyn, you have two entrances: the first entrance is on the corner of South 5th Street and South 5th place “South 5th Place. (South 5th Place is between Driggs Ave and Roebling Street). The second entrance is located on Bedford Ave between South 5th and South 6th Streets. Please note that one side of the bridge is designated for bikes and the other side is designated for walkers. You will see signage that will up that will let you know if you’re on the right side. This is a beautiful walk that you and the entire family will truly enjoy. If you’re coming from Manhattan take the (JMFZ) train to Delancy/Essex. If you are coming from Willamsburg side you can take the (JMZ) train to Marcy.

For more information click this link

Event #4 Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is a good time to be had by all. This 16 lane bowling alley offers the best of both worlds. If you are into physical activity, you can bowl a couple of games. Not so much into bowling? No problem! Just relax on their oversized centerfield couches and order drinks and food from Brooklyn Bowl’s attentive wait staff while vibing to the music from the DJ or Live Band. “To see whose spinning or performing click this link

Brooklyn Bowl rate Fri-Sun is $25 per lane per half hour. Note this is not per person but there is a 8person maximum per lane. Shoe rental is $4.95 plus tax per person. And since BK Bowl does serve alcohol you must be 21 or over.

For more information on this venue please click this link

Event #5 Brooklyn Shopping 

If you’re not into the party scene and would rather relax and grab some unique, possibly one of a kind pieces, then you definitely need to stop by Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg. Artists and Fleas are open Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm. Located at 70 North 7th street. Note: some vendors only accept cash but there is a ATM on site. For more info click this link.

If you stop by Artists and Fleas on Sunday make sure you walk around the corner and check out Brooklyn Flea which happens rain or shine every Sunday, 10am-5pm. The location is East River Waterfront between North 6 and 7th St.

Buffalo Exchange Williamsburg “Great Vintage Store with Great Prices” they are located within walking distance as well. 504 Driggs Ave at North 9th Street. Hours are Mon-Sat 11am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm.
Happy shopping! There are tons of cool shopping stores in this area including local NYC based businesses.

Event #6 Brooklyn Dining 

After all the Williamsburg Shopping here are some edible options.

Smorgasburg happens every Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront between North 6th and North 7th St., at the East River, from 11am to 6pm. There are over 75 vendors to choose from. For more info click this link

To learn how to get to any of these destinations via public transportation click this link

Leave a Reply