Brooklyn. This was the bourough I was most excited about when coming to New York. And I have to say it kept all its promises. It was alternative in all shades of cool. Hip but not fake. Everyone looked like they worked in the creative industries just spending the day looking for inspiration or indulging in the “real pleasures of life”: eating, coffee-drinking, chatting on the sidewalk. Exhilarating. Inspiring. Fascinating. If I wasn’t married already, I’d marry Brooklyn and have little hipster artsy babies.
We embarked on the Brooklyn bridge early morning and realised that it’s true: sometimes the journey is the destination. Walking that bridge had something momentous about it. Like you’re going somewhere important.
We arrived to Dumbo. It’s alias for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The former industrial area has emerged as one of the art districts in New York and houses many galleries and artists’ lofts. We saw several photoshoots and filming crews.
The Brooklyn Bridge park has a beautiful promenade and gives you an amazing view on Manhattan’s skyline. You can take the ferrytaxi to Williamsburg, which we did.
I love Williamsburg. The street art. The genuine hipsters. The old rock’n roll lady and her ipod.
My favorite spot in all Williamsburg was the Whythe Hotel, a former textile factory. Next time I go to New York, I plan on staying there. It just doesn’t get any damn cooler. And I’ll definitely go to their rooftop bar ‘the Ides’ for a sunset drink. This time, we went to Reynard, their groundfloor restaurant. They serve the (tiny) most delicious burger we had in the whole stay. As I say, it’s not big, so think twice before you decide sharing it with your other half. Unless you have a good divorce lawyer ;)