16 New York Tips: Travel Beyond Manhattan

1:09 pm  |  26.01.2022

New York is not just Times Square and Central Park. In any case, a visit to Brooklyn is also worthwhile. Here are tips for the multi-cultural quarter, which is still relatively undiscovered.

Brooklyn Bridge Park-Brooklyn Heights


Fun in front of the skyline: The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River

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For a quick spin or all day, this park is a must-see for its priceless skyline views and diversity. In addition to the long promenade by the water, manicured meadows invite you to have a picnic or just relax.

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The piers offer soccer, basketball, beach volleyball courts, and even a pool in the summer. Grills are freely available in the BBQ zone, and if you don’t want to bring your own food, you can grab a variety of food stalls, including ice cream, pizza, and lobster rolls, brooklynbridgepark.org.

“Superfine” – DUMBO

A charming gastropub that impresses with its simplicity and is typical Brooklyn in many respects: the brick walls and mismatched bistro tables are more hip than chic. All dishes on the menu – American classics from burgers to ribs – are organic and the ingredients are locally grown.

And if you pay close attention, you can hear the subway thundering over the Manhattan Bridge. There is often live music in the evenings and brunch every Sunday, superfine.nyc.

“Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain” – Carroll Gardens

Peter Freeman and Gia Giasullo set out to reinvent this 1920s café in 2010. Every shower is made from our own syrup, and the selection of homemade cupcakes, cakes, and homemade nostalgic sweets changes daily.

The best seats are the few at the counter. Because here you can watch the preparation of the typical American ice cream specialties you put together yourself, such as “Sundae” (soft ice cream) or “Float” (ice cream in a fizzy drink), brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com.

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“Sunny’s Bar” – Red Hook

It has been firmly established in the neighborhood for almost a century and, as the oldest inn in the area, it would be hard to imagine life without it. The classic New York saloon has become a cultural hotspot over the years with concerts, readings, exhibitions, and the infamous Saturday Night Bluegrass Jam, sunnysredhook.com.

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“Milk & Honey” – Ditmas Park


“Milk & Honey”: Owner Max Habib relies on local ingredients

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Wood paneled and flooded with light. The “Milk & Honey” invites you to stay longer than just for a quick coffee. In addition to excellent coffee, the menu offers homemade baked goods and offbeat breakfast options such as the Egyptian Poached Eggs, inspired by owner Max Habib.

Every furnishing detail here is handmade, so keep your eyes open and head back: The ceiling and light construction not only impresses designer hearts, milkandhoneycafeny.com.

Victorian Mansions – Ditmas Park

Wealthy and peaceful, the houses in the Ditmas Park neighborhood were built in the early 20th century

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Between the Victorian mansions with their trimmed lawns, rocking chairs on the porch, and “beware of the dog” sign, it’s easy to forget that Ditmas Park is part of New York City. Skyscrapers, tourists, and the hustle and bustle of the city seem far away.

Among the approximately 200 houses that were built collectively in the early 1900s, no two are alike. Despite their different colors and peculiarities, they give a uniform picture – well-groomed, prosperous, peaceful.

“Paulie Gee’s” – Greenpoint

The “Paulie Gee” shows that Brooklyn is right to boast about its pizza culture. This pizzeria in the Polish district of Greenpoint serves outstanding gourmet pizzas with creative toppings. “Anise and Anephew” wows with steamed fennel, Berkshire guanciale, and fresh mozzarella, “The Hellboy” convinces that hot honey belongs on pizza, paulliegee.com.

WNYC Transmitter Park

WNYC Transmitter Park is a small park on the East River overlooking Manhattan


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This small oasis has been located where the transmission towers of the radio station WNYC once stood. Perfect for a little nap during the lunch break, a walk with the dog, or just a short break from the hustle and bustle of the big city – including the best view of Manhattan’s skyline with Chrysler and the Empire State Building.

A little tip for those with a sweet tooth: the park is just a few steps away from the “Ovenly” bakery. So just take one of the many treats with you and eat it in the park, oven.ly.

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Brooklyn Brewery-Williamsburg

The Tap Room, the brewery’s tasting room, is open every Friday and Saturday. Behind it is not the usual brewery coziness, but a simple hall where beer is sold from plastic cups.

It’s worth a visit to try the house classics and seasonal beers as well as to people-watch. The place is usually packed, brooklynbrewery.com.

Graffiti & Street Art Tour – Bushwick

The almost daily “Graffiti & Street Art Tour” shows Bushwick’s colorful side

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The New York Times and Vogue describe the Bushwick district as the “coolest place on the planet” and “7th hippest neighborhood in the world”. It is best known for its hip creative scene. In addition to numerous studios and galleries, the streets with the many colorful graffiti are a kind of walk-in masterpiece.

Take a 2-hour Street Art Tour with FreeToursbyFoot to see the area’s best street art. The two connoisseurs and artists Izzy & Mar tell stories about the individual motifs and their makers and explain the differences between stencils, stickers, tags, and the like, freetoursbyfoot.com.

“Black Forest Brooklyn” – Fort Greene

A touch of the Black Forest in Brooklyn: the “Black Forest Brooklyn”


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Ayana and Tobias Holler both grew up in the Black Forest. However, their paths did not cross until years later, when both were already living in Brooklyn. As a tribute to the love they discovered in America and to their German roots, the two opened the “Black Forest Brooklyn”. The authentic indoor beer garden offers typical German specialties and a total of 14 draft beers, blackforestbrooklyn.com.

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Fort Greene Flea—Fort Greene

From April to October, Fort Greene gets a little busier on Saturdays because from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there is time in a school parking lot for the Brooklyn Flea, a flea market with just the right mix of ordinary and special things. Here the haggling heart will find everything it needs: bicycles, books, furniture, and vintage clothes. Lots of little food stalls ensure no one goes home hungry, brooklynflea.com.

Dance Africa Festival – Fort Greene

There’s no such thing as boredom in Brooklyn – thanks to the many festivals alone

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The festival celebrates the colorful and diverse culture of the African continent with lots of dance, art, film, and a grand bazaar. More than 150 vendors from around the world will transform the streets around the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene into a global marketplace for a weekend. The food, fashion, and art on offer are African American, African or Caribbean in nature, bam.org.

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Jewish Tours—Crown Heights

The large Orthodox Jewish Hasidic community in the Crown Heights neighborhood is unmistakable – easily recognizable by the bushy beards, large hats, and dark coats of the men or by the uniform hairstyles and opaque clothing of the women.

To learn more about the history and culture of the community, the daily Jewish Tour offers a three-hour glimpse into Jewish life in Crown Heights, shedding light on an absolutely fascinating side of Brooklyn. Participation only by pre-registration online, price: $25 to $50, includes a kosher lunch, jewishtours.com.

Brooklyn Museum-Prospect Heights

The Brooklyn Museum is the second-largest museum in New York after the Metropolitan Museum. The architecture and the imposing entrance are in no way inferior to its big brother in Manhattan.

In addition to works from American art history, there are mainly African, Far Eastern, and Egyptian art collections on display here, often supplemented by special exhibitions of modern art. The museum offers a different kind of museum visit on the first Saturday of each month from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition to art, there will be beer, wine, snacks, ever-changing live music, and all with free admission, brooklynmuseum.org.

Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen – Bedford Stuyvesant


Hipster café with a focus on sustainability: the “Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen”

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It was a Kickstarter campaign that made this cozy hipster cafe possible. The focus of owner Laura Sorensen is on the “farm-to-table” concept – only fresh food directly from the farmer comes to the table. It goes without saying that she gets the products from local farms. In the seasonally changing offer, Laura combines small meals, delicious pastries, and sustainably grown coffee, stonefruitespresso.com.

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