Day Three: Brooklyn

By day three you’ve been to Central Park, satisfied your sweet tooth at Serendipity’s and Dylan’s Candy Bar, and played tourist from Chelsea all the way to Grand Central Station. But, wait there’s more! Brooklyn, just a hop, skip and a jump away from Manhattan, is no longer reserved for strictly locals. From family-friendly parks and neighborhoods to a sweet botanical garden and mouth-watering pizza, this borough is a must-visit destination for any visitor, or local fam alike. So put on those walking shoes and get ready to explore everything Brooklyn has to offer.


Fill up on hearty eggs with homemade buttermilk biscuits or a hand-rolled bagel at Made Fresh Daily at South Street Seaport–you’ll need the calories (and, let’s face it, the coffee) to walk the length of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Once you reach the city’s most populous–and increasingly popular–borough, explore the promenade and the playgrounds of Brooklyn Bridge Park.


All that walking should have your calves nice and limber, which will serve you well while standing in line for lunch at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria–which (according to its website) “made the Brooklyn Bridge famous” with its coal brick-oven, thin-crust pies–and for dessert at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

Afterwards, catch the A train at High Street for a visit to New York Transit Museum (a few minutes from the Jay Street/Metrotech stop), where the kids can safely get behind the wheel of an NYC bus, or hop on subway cars from the 1920s.

Insider tip: If it’s a gorgeous day, though, you might want to skip the subterranean fun and stop instead to smell the flowers at the vast and lush Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


Watch the sun set over the skyline from the dining room at Bubby’s Brooklyn, a casual and eclectic comfort food spot where you can get everything from matzoh ball soup to spare ribs. Then, take the New York Water Taxi at DUMBO’s Fulton Ferry landing back to South Street Seaport to see the city’s night lights… by sea!

— Una LaMarche