Whilst visiting New York, I lucked out and got the opportunity to cat-sit for friends who stayed in the financial district. That week, New York offered up a snow-free, sunny day and I decided to take a stroll over to Brooklyn across the famous bridge.
Despite being able to see the bridge the entire time, it took me 35 minutes to find the actual entrance. I accidentally walked up an off-ramp (thankfully quiet) and had to navigate some strange back alleys to get back on track.
Brooklyn bridge is beautiful, awe-inspiring and like every other iconic, global landmark, now home to its own community of love locks. These love locks are officially everywhere. Personally, it’s not my thing and would encourage people to rather commemorate the moment with a photo.
Stopping in the middle of the bridge and turning back to look at the skyscrapers towering over Manhattan, you can’t help but feel moved by the city. It’s alive with energy, and full to the brim with eccentric, charismatic and busy New Yorkers. Crossing into Brooklyn, I headed to Dumbo and went in search of Grimaldi’s – home to the best pizza in New York. You’ll no doubt have heard about it already and I was keen to see if it lived up to the hype.
Be warned, Grimaldi’s only sells entire pies (not pizza by the slice) so you’ll need to commit to it. As mentioned, this pizza place is iconic and yes, it did live up to the hype. It’s worth the visit, but do yourself a favour and come hungry. Grab a seat and watch as the cooks toss the dough into your delicious and yummy pizza.
The Ice Cream Factory
Visiting the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory was a trip highlight, as was the butter pecan cone. If you can’t eat ice cream at -4 degrees, when can you? These guys know what they’re doing, so get yourself there and good luck choosing just one flavour.
If you stand facing the Ice Cream Factory, you’ll see a long promenade stretching out to your right (although as witnessed above, I’m not great with navigation, so it could also be your left at this point). This is the Brooklyn Heights promenade and one day after making my millions thanks to this blog, I’ll be retiring here.
It’s right on the water and faces the downtown Manhattan skyline. It’s home to outdoor gyms, parks and views of Lady Liberty. The promenade is clean, lovingly cared but absolutely freezing in winter. Dress warm!
Would I go back?
A hundred times over. I’ve been back since and each time it gets better. It’s still on the bucket list to see both it and the cherry blossoms in summer. Even though it’s been freezing and even in the dead of Winter, Brooklyn is a special place.
If you’re visiting New York, make the time to take a wander over to Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights. There are great places to eat and it’s a short walk over the bridge. Grab something delicious, stroll down the promenade and then head to the subway to get back to Manhattan.