“Welcome to Brooklyn, it’s like no other place in the world!”
Brooklyn is the artificial and more spacious neighborhood of NYC. People here tend to be more laid-back; not so stressed out. Art is everywhere. Brooklyn is not so focused on money but more on creativity and enjoying life.
I wake up in my apartment in Greenpoint, one of Brooklyn’s up and coming neighborhoods. It is Saturday and the sun is shining through the window. First stop to start the day right is the little neighborhood café BAKERI, just around the corner.
I grab a coffee and one of their fantastic banana breads to go. I stroll down Franklin Ave and check out the boutiques on my way. I head down India Street towards the waterfront. There is a park with a pier from which you have one of the most amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. Plus, there are hardly any tourists.
My next stop is BEACON’S CLOSET, my favourite Vintage store.
As my tummy starts rumbling, I walk down Bedford Avenue to meet friends and have lunch at the SMORGASBURG food festival, which takes place every Saturday in Williamsburg at East River State Park (every Sunday at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5). Vegan Juices, Oysters, Tacos or Sticky Rice with Mango – it´s your choice! Every Sunday at East River State Park the Brooklyn Flea Market is taking place. A must for a Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn!
Afterwards, we head to ARTISTS & FLEA (70 North 7th St), just around the corner. Local artists sell their crafts here, and it is always worth a visit. They have lovely jewellery and other handmade treasures to discover.
After strolling around Greenpoint and Williamsburg, it’s time for some art and electronic beats. We are taking a cab to PS1 SUMMER WARM UP.
The PS1 is part of the MoMA, an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. During Summer (June – September) MoMA PS1 presents WARM UP, taking place every Saturday. An outdoor music series introducing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sounds, and DJs (local and international) taking place at their courtyard.
Then we head back to Greenpoint for a late dinner at the amazing FIVE LEAVES. Great food, lovely venue, relaxed atmosphere.
The WHYTHE HOTEL, with it’s rooftop terrace and spectacular view, is the perfect place to end a perfect day.
If you are still not convinced that there is no other place in the world like Brooklyn after a day like this, we can’t help you!
Bakeri – 150 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, and 105 Freeman Street, Greenpoint
Beacons Closet – 74 Guernsey Street, Greenpoint
Smorgasburg – Every weekend 11am – 6pm, Saturdays in Williamsburg at East River State Park, Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5
Artists and Flea – 70 North 7th St., Williamsburg
PS1 Summer warm up – 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY
Five Leaves – 18 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
Wythe Hotel – 80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg