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Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

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Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

We are a family of 4 traveling to NYC for the first time in late March/early April. We are taking our 2 Basketball crazed kids to a game in Brooklyn (they are super excited!!!) What are other things we can do in Brooklyn to maybe spend the day there as well (or what is near Brooklyn). We would like to walk over the B. Bridge and my husband is a foodie and would LOVE to hit up amazing pizza places. Kids would love any cupcake/ice cream places. Does anything come to mind? We are staying in TS area so we are one subway stop away, I believe. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

Okay, let's start with: Times Square is NOT one subway stop from Brooklyn. Have you looked at a map yet? You should start there.

http://mta.info/maps/submap.html

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Second, Brooklyn is three times larger than all of Manhtatan, and there is more than enough to do there to cover well more than a day. However, not all of Brooklyn is easily accessible by subway from inside Brooklyn. It sounds like you're going to Barclay's Center for the game: what time? How much walking versus subway do you want to do?

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2. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

One stop is, as noted, not true at all.

What sort of food? Atlantic Avenue has some good Middle Eastern places; there are many restaurants from which to choose in Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill to name just two of many neighborhoods; if you want ice cream in an iconic spot, go to the Fulton Ferry pier below the Brooklyn Bridge - there is an ice cream shop there; there are numerous food choices in DUMBO - well, I think you might get the idea -

Brooklyn is huge - and you need to read up on the borough to have some idea of what you might want to see and do here; a good guidebook on NYC will include very helpful information - the history of the area is extraordinary as well. And, yes, you should go over that subway map before you get here to get some understanding the system and then pick up a hard copy of it when you get here.

FYI: If Brooklyn were a stand alone city and not part of NYC, it would be the 4th largest city in the United States - just to give you some perspective.

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3. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

If you like Middle Eastern food, the Bedouin Tent is not far from Barclay's and is AMAZING. They bake the pita bread fresh right there. The salad plate is incredible. I went back there again and again the last time I was in Brooklyn.

We had fun walking around Park Slope, window shopping and peeking into different little stores.

Caution about Barclay's Center: a small coke is 5.50. I'd recommend getting a lot of your eating and drinking out of the way before you go to your game.

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4. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

Yep we are planning on going to Barclay center - the game starts at 6pm. Here I was thinking that Brooklyn was pretty walkable.. but I am waaaaaaay off! lol We don't mind walking but not an insane amount. How far is Brooklyn bridge from Barclay center? I am assuming taxis run abundantly in Brooklyn?

We LOVE Indian food too!! Any great pizza near Barclays or bridge?

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5. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

The walk from the Barclays Ctr to the Bridge is about 15-20 minutes+.

Taxis don't run abundantly in Brooklyn, BUT Atlantic Avenue(where the Barclays is located) is a strip where they do run heading back to the city. Brooklyn is more of a car service borough. Across the street from the Barclays Ctr is a Pathmark supermarket. There is a car service line there.

Edited: 03 March 2014, 17:48
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6. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

maps.google.com will show you distances. Seriously, learn it, love it. It's a great planing tool.

No, cabs do not run abundantly in Brooklyn. You should plan to take the train. If you find a cab when you want one, great, but don't count on it.

Do you have a guidebook yet? You really need one. Grimaldi's pizza is a tourist institution, and it's right under the bridge. Don't go there, though: go to Juliana's, where the line isn't as long. It's a block away.

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7. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

I love the NYC transit museum in downtown Brooklyn. It is housed inside an old subway station at Boreum Place and Schermerhorn Street, about a mile from Barclay's. In the area of the arena there's some great food at No. 7 on Fulton and Oxford Ave in the Ft. Greene neighborhood. Across the street is the former Cake Man Raven which was famous for red velvet cakes. Raven is gone but the staff opened a new bakery there selling the same old cakes. Bark hot dogs is good for a casual pre-game grub at Bergen Street and Flatbush Ave. If you want a real food adventure, jump the Q train to Ave J and head to Di Fara Pizzeria on Ave J and 15th Street. It's the most frequent selection for best pizza in the city. If you walk north on 14th street, it becomes Rugby Road, which is full of beautiful Victorian homes. It doesn't look like NYC at all and is the only Victorian district in the city. And of course there's always marquee attractions like the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

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8. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

Also, to add on to Ter and BrooklynBridge's taxi posts. There are now metered car services outside of Manhattan. They look like regular cabs but they're painted lime green. You can hail them down for travel within Brooklyn just like any yellow cab. They'll even take you back to Manhattan, but the subway would be better for that. As with any taxi, know the cross streets of your destination, not just the name. Taxi drivers often don't know the exact location of destinations, but they should know streets.

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Edited: 03 March 2014, 17:54
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9. Re: Brooklyn - Is there enough to see to spend the entire day??

Another option - you could take the train to Coney Island to see it from the outside (tho' it won't be open till Easter). It's an hour long subway ride from Manhattan. Then you could walk along the Board Walk to Brighton Beach (about 20-30 minutes) and have lunch there.

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(Or you could have hotdog at the famous Nathan's at Coney Island and then dessert at Brighton Beach.)

Then you could head back to Barclay's Center on the B or the Q train, about 1/2 an hour.

Edited: 03 March 2014, 21:54
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