During our trip to NYC, one attraction we definitely didn’t want to miss was the Brooklyn Bridge and consequently DUMBO, Brooklyn and Williamsburg. We had a few places on our list to explore over on the other side of the river, so after an amazing breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda, we made our way over to the bridge.
Once on the bridge, the elevated footpath in the middle allows you to see the cars on either side speeding to and from Manhattan. The views in all directions are amazing, from that famous skyline to Brooklyn and beyond. Everything is even more impressive when looking at it through the structure of the bridge with the sun’s rays streaming down.
One stop we didn’t want to miss was of the famous view of the Empire State building through the gap in the Manhattan Bridge. You can find it on the intersection between Washington Street and Water Street in DUMBO. The New York famous brownstone brick buildings on either side make the views even more impressive.
There’s a few good places to check out around DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, Jane’s Carousel and the views back over at Manhattan are particularly unmissable. There’s also the West Elm Market with the Brooklyn Roasting Company cafe to take in the waterside views from. The shop is a favourite of mine, especially this one being the flagship and carrying lots of Brooklyn and New York related items. I couldn’t resist buying a little memento to take home.
To get up to Williamsburg, we decided to catch the East River Ferry, which was only two stops up the river for $3 each one way and standing on the back of the boat, you get to see Manhattan from another, rather speedy vantage point.
After wandering around Williamsburg all afternoon, we took our first subway trip back to Manhattan and grabbed some dinner at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Sitting outside under the festoon lights, we took in the evening New York atmosphere and watched the squirrels chase each other for their evening fix of leftover burgers and crinkle fries…