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A morning in Brooklyn

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A morning in Brooklyn

We are coming to NYC this Sep and I've read that the Smith-9th St Station in Brooklyn is due to reopen this Spring. As it's the highest subway station in the world, I'd quite like to see it!

So I was thinking this as a plan for one morning:

Take the subway from LIC (we'll be at the Country Inn & Suites) to Smith-9th St

Walk from Smith-9th Street towards the Brooklyn Bridge, via Brooklyn Heights

Check out the BH Promenade and Dumbo, before walking back over the bridge to Manhattan.

Is that do-able in a morning? It looks like around a 2 mile walk from Smith-9th Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, does that sound right?

What is the area like around Smith-9th Street, is there much to see around there...and would anybody be kind enough to tell me the most interesting route to take?

I'm seeing various areas on the map - the Columbia Street Waterfont District and Downtown Brooklyn for example - are these nice places to walk through?

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1. Re: A morning in Brooklyn

There is nothing to see or do in Smith-9 st. area.

Walking to Bh promenade as follows.

Go North on SmithStreet left turn on Atlantic Ave turn right on Hicks Street

Left on Montague walk to end right turn you are on BH

Water front district also know as DUMBO short for down under the Brooklyn Bridge is nice.

Check out new park with beautiful carousel..

If you do not feel like walking over bridge there is a water taxi from the foot of Fulton street to Manhattan if you want to go into city.

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Smith Street, heading up toward Atlantic Avenue, is one of the great restaurant streets of New York. If you want to make a stop you'll have lots of options. If you're interested in this, I'd suggest a new post with a title something like, "Restaurants on Smith Street, Brooklyn" and I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions.

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yea there are plenty of dining options on Smith, plus a few retail shops. But Dumbo is really the best area to stay around in for sightseeing. Not much to see in Downtown BK. I do recommend walking the promenade and walking around BK Heights just to see the architecture.

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4. Re: A morning in Brooklyn

Not an expert on Brooklyn but recently did stay there and would second your plan to walk the BH promenade. Very nice views and to me a real NYC feel to it -- whatever that means.

What is your plan for breakfast? We had a nice little breakfast at Cafe Luluc right on Smith Street. Little French place (as you can tell by the name) with nice variety, good coffee and nice window seating to watch people outside walk by. I was disappointed that I only read reviews on the place AFTER I went and realized they are somewhat legendary for pancakes (judging from Yelp that is) and I ordered something else -- which turned out to be excellent anyway.

Have a look at this post from yesterday talking about dining in Brooklyn as a whole but much of it does focus on the Smith Street area.


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The view is there whether the station is open or not - I pass it every moring on my commute. If you want to get off and have a look from the platform, no reason not to, but I wouldn't walk from there, I'd then take the subway one more stop to Carroll Street and walk from there.

You could also take the G, which might be faster from the Country Inn because you get to skip Manhattan.

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Thanks for the replies, helpful info.

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7. Re: A morning in Brooklyn

Wlaking from 9th street to the BB takes a long time. My suggestion is to cut out that part entirely and explore Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO before heading back over.

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Be careful with proposed dates from the MTA. Hopefully, the station will be open, but there are never any guarantees. As the F train pops out of ground, I like to stand on the right side of the car for the great view of the Statue of Liberty.

There is nothing near the Station itself - unless your idea of fun is a car recycling yard and the Lowes parking lot. But Smith Street is a very lively street to walk down. Lots of nice places to eat and mom & pop type stores. Smith Street picks up a few blocks after the Station.

The view from the Promenade is better after dark, but the entire Brooklyn Heights area is wonderful to walk around. Some of the best architecture in the city. Make sure to check out the Fruit Tree Streets of Pineapple, Orange, Cranberry and Cherry - and add Middagh St. to the mix as well. Then, walk down Old Fulton Street to the New Brooklyn Bridge Park.

DUMBO is on the other side of Old Fulton Street. You can take a ride on Jane's Carousel. Grab a delicious croissant at Almondine or a Coffee or Hot Chocolate at Jacques Torres before walking back across the Brooklyn Bridge.

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9. Re: A morning in Brooklyn

Actually, there are several interesting things to do near the Smith and 9th Street station.

Canoeing in the Gowanus Canal (a lot of fun, some interesting photo ops): http://gowanuscanal.org/home.html

The Bell House (a great bar and event space -- they host concerts, comedians, food events, lectures, etc.): http://www.thebellhouseny.com/

The Tom Otterness Studio, which is sometimes open for public tours: http://www.tomostudio.com/visit.html

The Gowanus Studio Space, another art space that occasionally puts on public events: http://www.gowanusstudio.org/home.php

Court Street Grocers (a big foodie destination that serves the best sandwiches in new York): http://www.courtstreetgrocers.com/

Four and Twenty Blackbirds (a beloved pie bakery): http://birdsblack.com/

The Treats Truck Stop (the permanent outpost of the Treats Truck, a dessert food truck): http://treatstruck.com/

Several good and very popular restaurants, such as

Buttermilk Channel: http://www.buttermilkchannelnyc.com/

Prime Meats: http://www.frankspm.com/

Frankies Sputino: http://www.frankiesspuntino.com/457/457.html

Luna Rossa: http://www.yelp.com/biz/luna-rossa-brooklyn

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