Though I admittedly don’t travel down to Brooklyn nearly as much as I should, this borough continues to enchant me. It’s part of the reason why I love New York City. You can take a quick train ride down to an entire different city. It’s not just one neighborhood, or a few streets of different. Its an entire borough. Park Slope is one of those places that I continually find myself in, especially in the upcoming recent Spring weather.
Last year I spent a ton of my Spring free time in Brooklyn. Between Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (with all of the cherry blossoms) it seemed it was the only place I wanted to shoot. I am anxiously awaiting some warmer weather. Spring is my favorite season and spending it in Brooklyn seems like a pretty good use of time again!
It’s no secret that the brownstones are one of the most treasured parts about Brooklyn. From Park Slope to Cobble Hill to Fort Greene, they cover each block. These in particular caught my eye when I found myself in Brooklyn on one of the warmer February days we had. Don’t you love the pink brownstone?
Do you have any suggestions for things to do in Brooklyn? Let me know!
Though I make the trip down to Brooklyn once in a blue moon, there is something about the neighborhood of Gowanus that really captures my attention. It’s basically a haven of warehouses turned gentrified and could most likely be the epitome of why Old New Yorkers are disgruntled about this new city. BUT to be very fair the gems you can find in this neighborhood are unbeatable. From trendy BBQ joints, to shuffleboard clubs, to palaces of ice cream… this is the best of Gowanus.
What To Do
The Bell House: A bar with a stage and plenty to do, The Bell House is more of an event space. My friends and I attended a drinking game here where they acted out a movie and the audience (and cast) had to drink every time specific words were said. Clueless was such a fun movie to see here, highly recommend attending whenever you get the chance. Drinks are also cheap!
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club: This place is such a gem and I’m surprised it took me almost 2 years to finally make it down here. A large venue with a fun decorated kitschy summer theme, Royal Palms is such a great spot for a game night or day drinking.
Mural Art Walk: Along the Gownanus canal on Bond Street you can find an endless array of graffiti, street art and murals. That is where I shot all of these featured photos! It was such a great day exploring amongst the warehouses. Grab your bestie and head down here for a photoshoot among the art.
What To Eat
Pig Beach: This BBQ joint boasts some serious good eats. I love how they have a huge outdoor garden, it would be amazing to attend in the middle of the Summer. Try the
Ample Hills Creamery: Ever since Ample Hills opened this two story palace of ice cream it has secured it’s spot as one of my favorite ice cream places in the city. Come especially during warmer weather so you can sit on the rooftop deck with lounge chairs complete with green turf! My favorite flavors include Salted Crack Caramel and The Munchies.
Where To Shop
Gowanus Souvenir Shop: This little store right next to the canal features tons of stuff by local artists; hats, T-shirts, you name it they have it.
No Relation Vintage: What would a warehouse neighborhood be without a good vintage thrift store? No Relation has a huge selection and definitely makes the trip worth while.
Let’s get real, even though I may have traveled to Brooklyn for this set of photos the truth is that I rarely find myself in the borough. Brooklyn at times can seem large and overwhelming especially when there are so many different neighborhoods to explore. My favorite ice cream shop in NYC just so happens to be Brooklyn based — Ample Hills Creamery is a stop you can’t pass up. Their 2-story rooftop deck Gowanus location is awesome but I stopped by their Prospect Heights location before heading to Prospect Park to enjoy some beautiful weather recently. Signs of springtime life are popping up everywhere!