Here’s the second set of photos from New York! This was the day we spent exploring Brooklyn. I was curious to visit after looking at it across the water all week (it was our second last day). The sun finally came out after a few gloomy days so I wore my red silk cami & lace-up skirt.
Brooklyn was more residential than I expected. I think it’s the kind of place you need to go with a local so they can show you all the gems. Regardless I enjoyed it. I prefer Manhattan but Brooklyn is calmer and still has a bunch of cool spots. We took the most photos on this day and it was hard for me to narrow them down, so I kept a lot. Whatever. Memories are all we have, right?
We went from bridge to bridge as we were staying right beside the Williamsburg Bridge, but started from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge so we could make a loop home. Fun fact: I got in trouble for the first picture (no sitting on the bridge I guess) but I think it was worth it. And yes it was shaky AF.
The bridge is beautiful and offers amazing views of Manhattan, but it’s super crowded. I’m surprised at how clear some of these shots appear. We went around noon though. I’m sure if you go early it’s quieter and easier to avoid photo-bombers. Here’s how it actually was for most of the crossing:
After we crossed the bridge we went to that iconic street where all the bloggers shoot (Washington St). I felt a bit basic but it is an amazing backdrop. Kind of like the LACMA in LA. Btw it’s basically right beside the bridge so you don’t need to waste your data to find it like I did. You can see the red buildings once you get to the end of the bridge.
Next we met up with a friend from Vancouver who was also in town. We went to a traditional diner – complete with red booths and photos of celebrities all over the walls – for some authentic New York cheesecake. It was so sweet and rich none of us could finish. We ordered two slices to split but one slice would have been more than enough.
This was not the diner, it’s a random mural that we liked (because dinosaurs & cupcakes).
After eating we Lyfted over to Williamsburg. We drove through an orthodox Jew neighbourhood and it was like being in another country. Literally every person we saw was dressed traditionally, I’d never seen anything like it. We got out closer to the bridge, where it turned back into a bunch of cafes/bars and shops. Before crossing back into Manhattan we stopped by the waterfront.
Finally we made our way to the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s more industrial and the views aren’t quite as nice as the Brooklyn Bridge, but it’s A LOT calmer. It seems like more locals use it because there were more joggers/cyclists on it than obvious tourists.
Chelsea High Line
Once we were back in Manhattan our friend’s boyfriend joined us and we went to the Chelsea High Line. We had actually been there the day before but it was raining and we didn’t make it far. Coming back here during golden hour on a clear day was much nicer. We went back to Brooklyn to watch the sunset from the rooftop of the building where our friend’s boyfriend used to live, and finished the night with dinner back in the Lower East Side.
If you’ve been to New York do you prefer Brooklyn or Manhattan?