As modern-day philosopher and Brooklyn’s own rapper Jay-Z knows, people in Brooklyn go hard whether they’re working, playing, or exploring this diverse borough. The various neighborhoods, from Greenpoint to Brighton Beach, make up a rich mosaic and afford opportunities to rub elbows with carnies, artists, and more. With so many things to do in Brooklyn, even visitors with the strangest proclivities will find something to fill their Fridays.
Looking for stuff to do in Brooklyn to exercise both the body and soul? Walk or bike from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the Williamsburg Bridge, and take in the view of both picturesque skylines. While crossing the East River, notice the trusswork on this expansion bridge. For those explorers with boundless energy and unlimited time, a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Edward Hopper’s “From Williamsburg Bridge” would be a perfect way to cap off this active day.
Not far from the Williamsburg Bridge sits The City Reliquary Museum, a collection of ephemera and dioramas that help tell the tales of this city’s illustrious past. In addition to memorabilia from various New York City World’s Fairs, this Brooklyn attraction hosts concerts, films, and neighborhood block parties, thus intermingling the stories of the city’s past with that of the museum’s visitors.
Past and present also coexist in Green-Wood Cemetery, located near Prospect Park. At nearly 500 acres, this cemetery boasts several famous “residents,” including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, and Louis Comfort Tiffany (as in Tiffany & Co). The informative walking and trolley tours provide the history of this almost 200-year-old landmark, and more courageous visitors can take a flashlight tour of the cemetery and the Catacombs at night. This particular tour runs only during a full moon, so plan ahead.
From memorabilia to mausoleums, Brooklyn’s attractions will please anyone who wants to stay off the beaten path.