I haven’t lived in New York City for a very long time, but some of my most enjoyable days have consisted of taking the subway downtown to Brooklyn during a free Saturday. It’s a relatively simple excursion, but with the combination of the following four activities you’re sure to have a good time.
First, take a subway downtown to the Brooklyn Bridge. Making a trek across the bridge is a must-do if you’re visiting the City, staying just for the summer, or living here long-term. It’s a pretty touristy area, but its fun to leisurely walk across the bridge and taking a picture or two.
Second, head directly under the bridge to the acclaimed Grimaldi’s Pizza. The authentic Italian pizza is the best I’ve ever had in my life. Every pizza you order comes with mozzarella cheese, basil, and tomato spread, with your choice of toppings. Come hungry, though, cause’ they don’t sell individual slices. There is usually a 15 minute wait during the week, and as much as an hour wait on weekends—a testament to how delicious the pizza is. Don’t be scared off by the line, though. You’ll get in soon enough and the pizza comes fast after you order.
Third, after you stuff yourself to the brim take a couple steps and you’re at the pier under the Brooklyn Bridge. Here you can sit on the benches in the sun while digesting your lunch. The view of the bridge and Manhattan is beautiful and the dozens of people lying around the pier creates a relaxing atmosphere.
Fourth, as soon as your food is done digesting and you’ve started up a little tan, head over to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, located on the pier in a charming little light-house look-a-like. The ice cream is famously delicious—rich and creamy with tantalizing flavors. Sit back on the pier while you eat your ice cream, and enjoy the sun a little more.
To get back, you can walk back across the Brooklyn Bridge, take the subway directly from Brooklyn back to Manhattan, or even take a water taxi directly from the pier. I’ve never tried the latter, but I hear it’s fun.
Next time you have a free afternoon, make a trip accross the Brooklyn Bridge and have a feast for your stomachs, eyes, and souls.
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