Even New Yorkers need to take a trip once and a while to visit New York, a city full of smaller cities, each with its own attractions and vibes worth exploring and spending some time with. If you live in one of the other four boroughs, a Brooklyn staycation can feel as exotic as a trip to Berlin. And if you already live in the County of Kings, a staycation here is a great way to escape the five-block bubble you are likely existing within (as lovely as that bubble is) and see and appreciate the rest of BK with fresh eyes.
To enjoy the very best of the borough, we suggest you check in to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (60 Furman Street), an ideally located spot—steps from Brooklyn Bridge Park—that’s drenched in character, dotted with shops and galleries, and well worth its price. (Rooms are around $349 a night.) The modern accommodations at this spanking new hotel (it opened in February) feature handsome reclaimed materials, organic bedding, and sweeping views of the East River, Manhattan, and the Statue of Liberty.
Once you’re comfortably ensconced in your hip new digs, here’s how to live it up, Brooklyn style.
Eat Breakfast in Bed
Begin the morning with coffee and something sweet in bed with delicious to-go pastries from Neighbors, a café conveniently located on the hotel’s ground level. Sip your macchiato or kombucha and munch a cinnamon-apple crostata as you savor your view of Manhattan and plan your day.
Listen to Bach on the Water
Ready to experience music in an intimate setting right on the East River? Barge Music, a boat docked at Pier 1 under the Brooklyn Bridge (and a short walk from the hotel), hosts musical performances all year round in an acoustically calibrated, wood-paneled cabin. Enjoy the work of Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and other masters—along with the rhythmic lapping of water against the side of the vessel—all summer.
Catch a Film—And an Old-Fashioned
Seeing a movie in the middle of the day is one of life’s indulgent pleasures. While the rest of the world toils, you get to kick back and be transported to a different time and place. The Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn (445 Albee Square) takes the experience a step further with cinephile-curated films paired with foodie-approved snacks, meals, and (best of all) drinks. Fancy a Brooklyn brisket burger with your Baby Driver? How about a wild mushroom pizza with your Wonder Woman? This is your place!
Discover a Secret Sushi Spot
While you could easily spend all day and night in the neighborhood and never get bored, we recommend taking a short ride to Karasu (166 DeKalb Avenue), an intimate Japanese izakaya in Fort Greene. Tucked into the back of neighborhood restaurant-bar staple Walter’s, Karasu has a small but exquisite menu featuring sashimi, salads, and Koji prime rib eye.
Indulge in a Nightcap
On your way back to the hotel, swing by Gran Eléctrica (5 Front Street) at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge for one last cocktail. You can’t go wrong with a margarita, but why not try the playful ¡Ay Mamí! with mezcal bruxo, pineapple and lime juices, maraschino cherry liqueur, and Campari bitters. Sit in the backyard and kick off your shoes. Vacationing is hard, but you did it right.
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