NYC: How to spend a day in Brooklyn

You can obviously spend so much longer than a mere day in Brooklyn, but if this is your first time visiting NYC, here's a good taster day exploring the city's trendiest borough.

First up, you want to head to the very bottom of Brooklyn on the subway - it will take you around an hour, if you're staying in mid-town Manhattan, but you want to head to Coney Island as your first port of call. Not because it's oh-so-amazing in a modern but in a retro sort of way it has a charm. Plus it's on the beach so you can have a walk down the boardwalk and dip your toes in the sea, if you so wish. 

We did not go on any rides at Luna Park, but we did hunt out the Zoltar machine because as a child I loved the film Big, starring Tom Hanks. Absolutely highlight of Coney Island for me was genuinely sticking a $1 bill into the machine and getting my fortune read, haha! We also had a hotdog from Nathan's as that's what you should do but, in all honesty, I would not bother. Long queues for a rather mediocre hotdog. 

From Coney Island, hop back on the subway and get off at Brooklyn Heights (Court Street or Borough Hall). A quick five-minute walk later (though the neighbourhood looks cute) and you'll be at Brooklyn Heights Promenade where you'll have an awesome view of Manhattan. Follow the pathway along and you'll end up at the Time Out Market - a great place to stop if you're hungry - but make sure you pop and see Jane's Carousel whilst you're in the area. 

You're also going to want to head to where Washington Street intersects with either Water Street or Front Street so you can get the classic DUMBO shot - and once you're done, walk over Brooklyn Bridge, back to Manhattan. The bridge was opened in 1883 and has a great view of Manhattan.

Finally, if you're after dinner, then head over to Greenpoint in Brooklyn. It's a super cute neighbourhood, but it's also home to Oxomoco, a rather yum Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant which we enjoyed a lot. Delicious flavours! 

PS: And if you're around in December, make sure you head to Dyker Heights once it's dark. Blog post here as to why!

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