Brooklyn Journals

Brooklyn

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A travel journal to Brooklyn by quirine

Brooklyn Bridge Park Photo, Brooklyn, New York More Photos
Quote: There are some interesting places to visit in Brooklyn: Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Smith Street, DUMBO, and Prospect Park.

Brooklyn

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Overview

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Brooklyn is the fifth-largest city in the country, so there are A LOT of highlights to mention. It's a totally self-sufficient city, and you could easily find yourself hanging out there without even venturing into Manhattan. The more expensive Manhattan gets, the more people and businesses trek over the bridge to settle down. Downtown Brooklyn is always bustling with activity, touting a new Target, various discount clothing stores (Marshall's, Daffy's, DSW), Fulton Street Mall, universities, and many businesses. In fact, the Gehry-designed Nets stadium is slated to be built right by the Atlantic Avenue mall. DUMBO has enticed many small galleries and design shops to leave Soho and set up shop in ...Read More

Superfine

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Restaurant

Superfine Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Superfine is a DUMBO staple for finer dining. It's so hip, the menu changes on a daily basis. You can call ahead to find out what's being served that evening, but you'll find that the menu always has a catch of the day, a steak, a pasta, a soup, and a salad. The restaurant's facade is an old brick, graffitied warehouse, and you'll often find artists sitting outside, doing their "street art" thing. When inside, you'll notice a beautiful sunken bar that's surprisingly not modern, but old-fashioned and wooden. Walk up the ramp, and to your right is a pool table where you can give your drink order and get in a game. If you're looking to eat, continue up the ramp and get seated by the fr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Superfine
126 Front Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718/243-9005

Grimaldi's

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Restaurant

Grimaldi's Photo, New York, New York
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Grimaldi's Pizza is located right off the water, near a cute pier with views of the East River, lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge. To get there, you can walk the Brooklyn Bridge, take the A train to High Street, the F train to York Street, or the water taxi to the Fulton Landing stop. When getting off the A train, walk down Cadman Plaza toward the water until you see Grimaldi's big green awning on the right side of Old Fulton Street. From the F train, walk down to the water until Front Street, take a left and walk until you get to Old Fulton Street, take a right, and you'll immediately see the restaurant. From the pier, walk inland...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 31, 2005

Grimaldi's
19 Old Fulton St.
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 858-4300

Jacques Torres Chocolate Factory and Shop

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Restaurant

Jacques Torres Chocolate Factory and Shop Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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This little chocolate shop is ALL the rage in DUMBO. The chocolate is cheaper than Godiva but just as divine. They make the chocolate in-house, so it's as fresh as possible. When you walk into the old-fashioned shop, on your left, you'll see a few wrought-iron cafe tables and chairs, where you can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, cappuccino, or mocha. On the dark, wooden-shelved walls are little plastic bags secured with orange ribbon that include peanut brittle, dark chocolate crispy flakes, and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and almonds. There are also hot chocolate tins, the infamous Big Daddy bar, and the traditional milk, dark, and white chocolate bars. Look to your right, and there...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 31, 2005

Jacques Torres Chocolate Factory and Shop
66 Water Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718 875 9772

Cafe Luluc

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Restaurant

Cafe Luluc Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Luluc is an affordable Cuban-French bistro in the heart of Smith Street. The front wall opens up in the summer, letting in a wonderful breeze into the restaurant. In the winter, it becomes a cozy retreat from the cold. The walls are lined with a long, wooden bench and bistro tables. In the front, you’ll find magazines in a rack that people read while sipping their morning coffee and eating their pastries. In the evening, the atmosphere becomes bistro meets modern design. The room is lit up by round hanging globes, and the walls are painted a soft white. In the back, Luluc has an outdoor patio that becomes busy when the temperature rises. Out there you get a great view of the back of many brown...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Cafe Luluc
214 Smith St.
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718/625-3815

La Rosa & Son

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Restaurant | "La Rosa & Son"

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Two restaurants to hit the Smith Street area at full force are La Rosa & Son and Pacifico. They have the same owner and are in same building but individual restaurants all the same. Pacifico is a modern Mexican restaurant with a tropical atmosphere and an outdoor patio, while La Rosa & Son is a mama mia-type restaurant, a kitschy pizzeria, with a checkerboard tablecloth and pasta with red sauce. The entrance is on Smith Street. The first few tables in front of the pizza oven are for slices and parm sandwiches. Go beyond the wood-paneled partition and you'll be seated in a small but cozy area for a real sit-down meal. The menus are slim and simple. Reingold’s by the pitcher are dir...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

La Rosa & Son
98 Smith St.
Brooklyn, New York
718/935-0545

Bubby's Brooklyn

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Restaurant | "Bubby's"

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This review is for Bubby's at brunch. From what I hear, this place can get pretty jam-packed during this time, but we went around 3pm and got a window seat right away. The view of the water and Manhattan skyline are beautiful. The restaurant is quite large and filled with old wobbly, kitschy tables from the ‘50s. This with the mismatched chairs creates a colorful environment that attracts many families from the surrounding areas. It wouldn’t be uncommon to hear the sounds of a kid crying over spilled milk while trying to have a nice meal with a friend. Still, the restaurant is fun, the waitresses are kind, and the coffee comes in a bottomless cup. When you arrive, you'll receive water and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2005

Bubby's Brooklyn
1 Main St
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 222-0666

Iona's

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Restaurant

Iona's Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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In the heart of Williamsburg, you'll find an understated but most alluring bar amidst the hipster scene that has become so prevalent in this area. Take the L train to Bedford or the B61 bus from Queens or downtown Brooklyn and walk towards Grand Street. Iona's is owned by a lovely Irish lass who's a Jane-of-all-trades. The bar used to be an old-fashioned candy shop, and if you look closely, you can still see the remnants of this from the cracked paint on the windows. The display windows on either side of the door have been replaced by cozy booths. The walls are lined with art for sale from local artists (currently a friend of mine is showing hers). The rustic-looking bar runs dow...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Iona's
180 Grand St.
Brooklyn, New York 11211
718/384-5008

Brooklyn General Store

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Restaurant

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The Brooklyn General store is in the heart of DUMBO, next to the Peas and Pickles grocery store, a hardware store and an art gallery. The front is a glass facade through which you can see the bustling activity inside. On the left is a cozy mismatched couch corner with patrons scouring the real estate sections on Saturday mornings while sipping the Danesi lattes. Further down on the left is a bar where they'll take your food or drink order. The menus are ever-changing on chalkboards highlighting the daily specials. You'll find people at the bar, drinking out of old-fashioned Coke bottles, some in their painting gear (lots of artists in these parts). Along the back wall and along the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

Brooklyn General Store
111 Front Street
Brooklyn, New York
718-855-5288

Pacifico

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Restaurant

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Pacifico, La Rosa and Son's Mexican neighbor, is new to Brooklyn as of a year ago (give or take). Since Brooklynites love outdoor seating, this place was an instant hit. If the weather was warm, there was a constant wait for a table, even during the week. The winter died down the constant buzzing, but I believe that spring will revive this Mexican hotspot, making it full again shortly. Upon walking through the makeshift wooden entryway, you come across a large outdoor patio. In the front are a few wooden benches for those who have to wait for a table. Farther down are outdoor tables, a bit wooden and shoddy, but contributing to the tropical feel of the restaurant. Heaters (like the ones yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Pacifico
269 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 935-9090

Trout

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Restaurant

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Editor's Note: This property has closed. Trout is from the makers of Gravy, La Rosa and Pacifico, three successful restaurants that make up the entire northwest corner of Smith and Pacific (see my other reviews. I guess they had a few extra square feet to spare and used it to create a shanty with mismatched chairs and tables to create what looks like some broke hipsters backyard. You walk in to the courtyard and to your left there is a section where a group may sit together to enjoy the evening air along with a few drinks. On your right there is a row of connected chairs and a raised deck with proper tables and chairs. Through the back is the bar with a small awning. The whole thing look...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

ABC Carpet and Home

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Attraction

ABC Carpet and Home Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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THIS STORE IS NOW CLOSED.While the flagship store in Manhattan is famous, I personally enjoy the ABC in Brooklyn. Highly convenient to get to, it's on the corner of Jay and Plymouth street and only three blocks from the York Street stop on the F train.Inside is a huge, bohemian-looking warehouse filled with furniture, chandeliers, bedding, rugs, etc. Because it's all on one floor, it's easy to navigate. Also, most of the time, you'll find yourself fairly alone. Another great thing about the DUMBO branch is that they have great sales, and sometimes you can find a really good deal. I, for instance, bought a couch with custom fabric and still made out saving $600. If I w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

ABC Carpet and Home
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 643-7400

New York Transit Museum

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Attraction | "Transit Museum"

New York Transit Museum Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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This is a really fun place for the family. The museum entrance is an actual non-functioning subway entrance built in the 1930s. Inside you'll be greeted by a ticket-seller sitting inside an old booth. Purchase tickets there (adult tickets are $5 and children and senior tickets are $3). On the immediate left is the gift store loaded with subway paraphernalia, including T-shirts for all sizes, umbrellas, stuffed bears, cuff links, purses, and many railway-oriented toys for children. Walk into the museum/subway station and pass old turnstiles that vary in age. A sort of interactive tunnel runs along the side that details the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge and shows how it wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2005

New York Transit Museum
Boerum Place And Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
(718) 694-5100

Atlantic Terminal Mall

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Attraction | "Atlantic Avenue Shopping Center"

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A few years ago, this mall was not much to write home about. A now-defunct Macy's had hardly any customers, and the only real stores worth visiting included a Marshalls and Pathmark that were constantly a 20-minute wait at the cashier. Other stores include Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory, and Circuit City. Last year, an addition was completed, and the mall has begun to revive. The new addition has the famed DSW discount shoe chain. Endless aisles of shoes at discount prices for women, men, and children include brands such as Cole Haan, Puma, Merrell, Rocket Dog, and many, many more high-heeled designer shoes. On the main floor, you'll find a Payless Shoe Source, Mandees, Game Stop...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 20, 2005

Atlantic Terminal Mall
139 Flatbush Avenue
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Smith Street

Story/Tip

View of Boerum Hill Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Take the F train to Bergen Street, and you're already there. Smith Street is a fun, hip area that's filled with restaurants and knick-knack shops. In the past 3 years, Manhattanites decided to get away from all the rushing around and planted their feet in this area, commonly known as Bococa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens). The restaurants, such as Pacifico, are refreshingly new and exciting and surprisingly affordable. A quesadilla with fillings of your choice will only run you a few bucks. French restaurants are popping up left and right. Some of the better ones include Bacchus on Atlantic Avenue and Patois, Cafe Luluc, and Bar Tabac on Smith Street. Strolling down Smith and Atlan...Read More

DUMBO

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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DUMBO is the new SOHO they say; the streets are quiet and industrial, yet full of surprises lurking at each corner. The F train to York Street will take you right there. Walk down to the water and you'll pass a few cool furniture stores and hit the ABC outlet. Turn left, walk under the bridge, and you'll notice a few hip shops, like Jacque Torres Chocolates, West Elm, etc. There's a great park running along the water with a fantastic playground for kids (shaped like a pirate ship). Keep going and you'll see the old tobacco warehouses, now kept empty, on the park. Beyond that is the River café, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Grimaldi's, and the Pier. This is a fun little walk that will allow ...Read More

Brighton Beach

Attraction

Coney Island Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Walking beyond Coney Island you'll notice the crowds begin to thin... and see older men playing games in the shade, old women gossiping on their porches of their beachfront apartment. This Russian neighborhood is an interesting departure from the norm. Just as in Europe, the restaurants in this area are right on the beach. Many waitresses stand to lure you in. I had a beer and just watched the water and the people walking by. This is a really relaxing and fun experience. Walk further and into the streets and you'll see suburban-type homes with miniature manicured lawns. Head over to Sheapshead Bay for a beautiful view, dinner, or maybe some shopping at Loehmann's. This walk can be don...Read More

Brighton Beach
Brightwater and Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11235