Discover Brooklyn Using 22 Discover New York Experiences

Posted on Apr 5, 2017

Explore Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and include lunch at Smorgasburg on weekends!

Choose from any of Discover New York’s 22 options devoted to help you have fun and learn about Brooklyn!  There are so many diverse neighborhoods, it’s hard to know how to narrow the options down.  2-Hour or 4-Hour experiences are available to accommodate any schedule.  Include lunch at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg on Saturdays, or Prospect Park on Sundays.

Art Lovers:

Whether you are collecting art, or just enjoy looking at what’s new, Discover New York’s art experts will help you fine tune your eye!  Explore the hot cutting edge galleries and hear from the owners about why they represent these artists.  Meet artists in their studios and visit the museums before they open to the public. Explore the outdoor public art sculptures, graffiti and murals. Work with professional photographers to focus on the special characteristics of a neighborhood and capture better photos.

Active Adventures:

From active explorations on bikes and walking tours to canoeing in the canals, seeing Brooklyn with Discover New York’s experts is a flexible and fun way to experience the neighborhoods.

Architecture:

Hear about the secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge. Visit the oldest home dating from 1652 and explore the first New York City Landmarked District, Brooklyn Heights, with 800 of the neighborhoods’ 1,00 homes dating from before the Civil War.  Marvel at the adaptive reuse of abandoned structures and how these buildings are being converted into vital community venues and gathering places along Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhoods.  Learn how developers are building residential skyscrapers with city club amenities to attract new residents.

Fashion and Shopping:

Visit the smaller boutiques showcasing cutting edge styles, visit “the makers”, fabricators who work and live in Brooklyn, making the term “Made in Brooklyn” fashionable.  Vintage shopping is a weekend activity including flea market options.

Foodies:

From the Russian and Ukrainian immigrants living in Little Odessa, to Nathan’s hot dogs along Coney Island’s boardwalk to Vietnamese and Thai national dishes to Peter Lugar’s steakhouse, there is something for everyone’s taste and budget.  Compare the Neapolitan-style and Sicilian-style pizzas and determine your favorite!  Sample local libations at Brooklyn’s craft breweries and distilleries.  Taste artisanal, locally produced ice cream, coffee and hand-made chocolates.  Special restaurants for fine dining are found throughout the Borough.

Historians:

Originally the promotory was occupied by the Lenape American Indians.  In 1646, the Village of Breuckelen was authorized by the Dutch West India Company and became the first municipality in what is now New York State (the predecessors of the Cities of Albany and New York were numbers two and three, respectively). The Village of Breuckelen preceded City of Nieuw Amsterdam (1653) by some 7 years. Brooklyn/Kings County has 2 names because it took some 200 years for Brooklyn to annex the other parts of Kings County.

When the City of Brooklyn annexed the City of Williamsburgh and the Town of Bushwick, this area was then known as the eastern district of the City of Brooklyn and Williamsburgh lost its final “h”.  Hear the stories about the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War, the families that participated in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War and the importance of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s contribution during World War II.

Horticulture:

Stroll the gardens of Prospect Park.  Combine a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with time to explore the Brooklyn’s Museum’s art collection’s flora and fauna.  Hear fascinating stories about the permanent residents and local New York heroes of Greenwood Cemetery!  Enjoy the designs of landscape architects that created the “new” Brooklyn waterfront!

Music and Sports:

For music fans, Brooklyn offers a wide variety of options from Gospel music to big name concerts and sporting events at the Barclay’s Center.  Independent music venues offer a wide variety of fun and affordable entertainment.

Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to select the perfect experience, or custom design one just for you.

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