Want the best pizza of your life served up with a true New York accent? Travel to Brooklyn, New York, where the famed melting pot of culture and true American roots still exists today. With each neighborhood teeming with ingenuity, Brooklyn keeps reinventing itself by attracting creative young professionals who work in the city and families who love urban life but need a bit more space. Brooklynites relish being close yet so far removed from the day-to-day Manhattan bustle. Only a quick walk connects the two city boroughs over one of the oldest bridges in the United States, the Brooklyn Bridge, cable-suspended over the East River since 1883.
LocationJust across the East River from Lower Manhattan
DistanceA 25-minute taxi or subway ride from Grand Central or Penn Station
Getting HereEasily accessible by bus, subway, or taxi
Brooklyn, NY —
Exploring Red Hook
Red Hook is my favorite neighborhood in Brooklyn (full disclosure…it is also where me, my fiance & my dog, Bonaparte live). The neighborhood is very unique and artistic. It is not connected directly to the MTA subway system, which gives it an island-like feeling of isolation. However, it is easily accessible via the B61 bus from the 2/3/4/5 subway lines at Borough Hall and the F/G subway lines at Smith-9th Street. Additionally, one can take the IKEA Ferry from Lower Manhattan or utilize one of the dozens of Citi Bike locations in the neighborhood. Once in Red Hook, there are a ton of great restaurants, bars, and other activities. For the perfect day in Red Hook, here is what I’d have you do.