Day two in New York and we decided to leave Manhattan and head out to Brooklyn. This was my first trip to NYC but I’d never been to any of the other boroughs before, Brooklyn seems huge by comparison. There were a few places I had starred on my map to visit but trekking back and forth around Brooklyn was too much. It was about 4 celsius (google says that’s 39.2 F), and I had a terrible migraine but other than that it was a fun day out!
We took the subway to Prospect Park, we passed the carousel but it was closed. So we headed into the zoo. It was $8 each which seemed reasonable given how expensive it must be to house animals (bit suspicious of cheap zoos and roller coasters). It’s not very big but was nice to look around, and thankfully most of the animals were inside where it was nice and warm!
We walked across the park to find somewhere for lunch. There were some other things in the area like the Brooklyn Public Library, and a fair at the Grand Army Plaza but I was dying of jetlag so we had to give these a miss.
On 7th Ave we found a burger place to get lunch, Bareburger, which is a hippy eco-friendly hipstery place that did a pretty yummy milkshake. 7th Avenue had some cute shops, a lot of which had anti-Islamophobia signs up, something of a theme of the trip as a whole.
We headed up to the top of the street to get the subway again, this time further South to Coney Island.
Coney Island isn’t really an island, more a little man-made sticky out bit. Unfortunately, the theme park, Luna Park, was closed. I think the snowstorm they had delayed the Spring opening but there were people cleaning the park, presumably in preparation for opening. This meant most of the shops and stands along the water front were also closed. This Brighton Beach area has a lot of Russian-speaking immigrants, and there are a lot of Russian shops and signage.
Manhatan is so built up it’s easy to forget it’s an island surrounded by water. And even in Brooklyn it seemed weird, to me at least, to be walking along an actual beach. Like I said it was a little (a lot) chilly, but in the summer I can imagine it would be fun down here.
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