Brooklyn, New York

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Last but certainly not least on our amazing holiday was Brooklyn, New York! Landing late from Canada we arrived at our Williamsburg Airbnb to be reunited with our excited travel buddies Jess and Ryan. Equally excited we could not wait to explore our super cool borough of Brooklyn.

In no particular order here’s a few highlights from in and around Brooklyn.

For a photography opportunity, we went to the intersection of Washington and Water Street in Dumbo. We found a red-brick lined street that frames the impressive Manhattan Bridge. Look closely at the bridge supports, it makes a perfect frame for the Empire State Building.

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Our Williamsburg Airbnb
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Catching the East River Ferry along the Hudson River back to Williamsburg

DSC01385DSC01399P9010811P9050937P9050932For me, Brooklyn has some of the best street art in and around New York. I loved strolling the streets (preferably with ice cream, donut or coffee in hand) discovering art around corners and even sometimes beneath our feet. The ‘Lost in time’ mural (pictured below) was the standout for me, read more about it here.

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‘Lost in time’ mural – Bedford and Broadway, Brooklyn.
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Clay ground sculpture “Welcome to New York” by Mr Toll
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Spider mural outside Roberta’s pizza Brooklyn by Steiner

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There is certainly no shortage of good food to tempt you in Brooklyn. Whilst we spent most of our days living on a diet of ice cream and donuts (with a little greasy burger mixed in for good measure) Brooklyn also hosts plenty of delicatessens, diners and cafe’s to fill out the other food groups. Here are some of our favourites:

Marlow and Daughters
A cute rustic delicatessen filled with plenty of picnicking goodies.

Diner 
Right next door to Marlow and Daughters and beneath the Williamsburg Bridge, is Diner; a quintessential 1920s dinning car with a constantly rotating menu of classic New York sandwiches and burgers. With no menu in sight, the friendly staff runs through the days offerings by writing it down on the paper table cloth in front of you. After lunch we purchased this awesome tote bag as a souvenir at their shop next door.

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Diner, Broadway Brooklyn

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Dun-well Donuts 
By far these were the best donuts we ate in the US. And that’s just a little bit more impressive when you realise the little sugary rings of joy are all vegan. A must try.

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Bacon maple donuts. Enough said. (Oh and we had dinner here too, which was also good)

Momofuku Milk Bar
Take a late night stop after dinner for a delicious chocolate chip passionfruit cake soft serve or the famous cereal milk soft serve.

Ice cream and coffee
For the best salted caramel ice cream in the US (IMHO) head straight to Van Leeuwen. And if you’re looking for a dose of caffeine to start your day try out Blue Bottle Coffee, SweatshopToby’s Estate Coffee and Devocion.

Smorgasburg
Meets every Saturday and Sunday in November through March. A chance to capture all of Brooklyn’s finest street food in one place.
Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays at Prospect Park.

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Dun-well donuts, Brooklyn

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Devocion, Williamsburg

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The Ides at Wythe Hotel
We finished off a long day of exploring with cocktails on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel at The Ides rooftop bar. With sunset views overlooking the city this rooftop makes for a great end of Brooklyn day.

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Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg
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Views at The Ides rooftop bar

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