Brooklyn Favorite Tips by PA2AKgirl Top 5 Page for this destination
Brooklyn Favorites: 27 reviews and 21 photos
Favorite thing: I've decided to list a few of the neighborhoods of which I am the most familiar, mostly because when I lived in Bklyn, I lived near these places.
Brighton is an interesting place...it was once mostly a Jewish neighborhood, with Yiddish being the primary language. Not uncommon in some parts of Brooklyn...
However, in the late 1970s, Brighton Beach was declining with an increase in crime and empty store fronts. After that time, a sort of revitalization took place and today, Brighton is largely a Russian neighborhood. I have gone to a bar there and walked around during the daytime, but they (the BB community alliance website) claim to have excellent Russian clubs and I know there are great restaurants. They are also known for their performers...
Like I said, I have not been in Brighton at night, but I do know there are some people who advise against it, as they do Coney Island after dark.
Brooklyn scenic serenity!
Favorite thing: It sure does! Lots of trees grow there...the neighborhoods are lined with them, there are open spaces with nothing but trees...but that's not what this tip is about...
There are LOTS of recreational opportunties in Brooklyn, especially along the water...off the Belt Parkway there are lots of places to park your car and walk along the beach. Maybe people use these paths and areas to run, walk and fly kites. There's a great bicycle path (also for running and rollerblading) that runs along the belt parkway, and off of exit 11S. There are trails at Gerritsen Creek Salt Marsh and Nature Center and at Gateway National Recreation Area and Prospect Park is also a great place to enjoy some outdoor time. People hang out at Canarsie Pier to fish, play checkers and chess, open up the hydrants and cool off...
You can even kayak in Brooklyn--I led tours in Jamaica Bay, leaving Paerdegat Basin and heading out toward Canarsie Pol.
There's Jamaica Bay Riding Academy, where you can ride horses on the beach (http://www.horsebackride.com/jbra.htm), golf courses, a place where school groups can camp, Coney Island, of course...honesty, this tip could go on forever...
But these are all things that you really don't associate with Brooklyn, are they?
Fondest memory: There are an abundance of recreational opportunities in Brooklyn!
early gathering for the concerts
Favorite thing: In the summer, on Sunday evenings, Gateway National Recreation Area hosts free concerts at Fort Tilden (right across the Marine Parkway Bridge in Queens) People bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers to enjoy the shows. Mostly, it's an older crowd but the music is still pretty decent. Also, afterwards, you can take a short walk to the Riis Park to the beach, which is open until midnight, I think.
Fondest memory: Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend a lot of these because the evening ferry tours down to the statue of liberty were at the same time and I was giving that program. However, the few times I did get to go, it was always pretty enjoyable. Of course, my house was about 100 feet away, so I didn't have to deal with the lines for restrooms.
More Reviews (20)
- See All A Brooklyn Landmark
- See All Historic Aircraft Restoration Project
- Surprisingly good fishing
- Community Gardens
- See All Bar Hopping
PA2AKgirl's Related Pages
Brooklyn Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Brooklyn can't be Beat"
- "NYC's unlikely destination"
- "I was born in this town...."
- "A stop along the way"
- "Another NYC Borough"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Brooklyn
- Hotels in Brooklyn
- Transportation in Brooklyn
- Nightlife in Brooklyn
- Restaurants in Brooklyn
- Shopping in Brooklyn
- Warnings and Dangers in Brooklyn
- See All...
Explore the World
- Baiting Hollow Hotels
- Headlands Beach State Park Hotels
- Long Branch Hotels
- Isla Tamalcab Hotels
Badges & Stats in Brooklyn
- 23 Reviews
- 35 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 30 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (18)
Have you been to Brooklyn?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Brooklyn
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Alaska Intro, 64 reviews, 136 photos, 5 travelogues
- United States of America Intro, 52 reviews, 87 photos, 4 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Sitka Intro, 43 reviews, 49 photos, 2 travelogues
- Lewisburg Intro, 34 reviews, 54 photos, 3 travelogues
- Turkey Intro, 30 reviews, 53 photos, 2 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Anchorage Intro, 29 reviews, 52 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Mobile Intro, 37 reviews, 44 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Gettysburg Intro, 28 reviews, 38 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Halifax Intro, 24 reviews, 35 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Brooklyn Intro, 23 reviews, 35 photos, 2 travelogues
FriendsSee All Friends (66)
Latest Brooklyn hotel reviews
- Comfort Inn Brooklyn Bridge
- 115 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 30, 2013
- Imperial Hotel
- 7 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Aug 29, 2011
- Linden Motor Inn
- 3 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jan 22, 2013
- Galaxy Motel
- 15 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Mar 15, 2013
- Howard Johnson Hotel Brooklyn
- 32 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 10, 2013
- The Sofia Inn
- 43 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 8, 2013
- Baisley House Bed and Breakfast
- 13 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 4, 2011
- Lafayette International Hostel
- 10 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Feb 18, 2011
- Park Slope Inn
- 48 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 13, 2013
- Brooklyn Motor Inn
- 38 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Mar 21, 2013
- Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel
- 390 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 17, 2013
- Quality Inn Brooklyn
- 43 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 15, 2013
- Sterling Bed and Breakfast
- 42 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 14, 2013
- Brooklyn Botanical Garden- 7 Reviews, 10 Photos
- Coney Island- 15 Reviews, 11 Photos
- New York Aquarium- 5 Reviews, 13 Photos
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade- 3 Reviews, 7 Photos
- Prospect Park- 7 Reviews, 11 Photos
- Brooklyn Bridge- 7 Reviews, 5 Photos
- Williamsburg Bridge- 3 Reviews, 2 Photos
- Fulton Ferry Landing- 2 Reviews, 4 Photos
- Park Slope District- 2 Reviews, 2 Photos
- Brooklyn Museum of Art- 4 Reviews, 3 Photos
See All Brooklyn Things to Do