4 Things to do in Brooklyn

Sometimes I think, in theory, I’m a hipster. I don’t think I’m quite liberal enough, and I don’t really lead any kind of alternative lifestyle, but some of the elements are there. I mean, I love Apple products and thick-rimmed glasses. I appreciate indie rock, Ray-Bans and vintage/thrift stores. I’m artsy. I don’t play any instruments, but I do have a thing for guys who play guitar. I carry my digital SLR with me everywhere. Zooey Deschanel is my idol. I’m really pale, and I have a Tumblr. Do I qualify yet?

Regardless, my friends and I agreed that one of our top priorities during our trip to New York would be to spend a day in Brooklyn. We spent the morning at the Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene (super hipster), the afternoon at Coney Island (not so hipster) and had dinner at a sidewalk restaurant in Williamsburg (hipster cred).

And of course, I carried my camera with me to document the whole day. It’s not a tourist thing, it’s a hipster thing.

In love with these vintage cameras at the Brooklyn Flea Market.

I used to have that phone toy when I was a kid!

Vintage luggage. These would be great for making this suitcase side table I found on Pinterest.

Brooklyn eats! From top left to bottom: 1. Grilled cheese with gruyere and tomato that I got from the Milk Truck, which specializes in grilled cheese and shakes (pictured in image 3). 2. Bacon cupcakes at a flea market stand. 3. If I could eat every meal at a food truck, I’d be the happiest girl alive.

My friend Lisa picked up some new shades at the Flea Market and she was obsesseddd with them.

Coney Island Wonder Wheel. I had to ride it in prep for the London Eye. ;)

The view from inside the Wonder Wheel – check out that crazy thrill ride across the way.

We didn’t ride many rides at Coney Island, but this was one of them.

We had to get a hot dog while in Coney, and we chose the original Nathan’s. I’m going to be honest – by far the worst thing I ate in NYC. The hot dog was dry and crunchy and just… awful. Sorry.

Fun with my friends in Brooklyn.

We also had to stop by the beach on Coney, and again I’m going to be honest… worst beach I have ever been to in my entire life. Seriously. Every inch was covered in broken glass, weirdly textured sand and way, way, WAY too many people. I finally understand why people like Florida beaches so much.

On the other hand, the mac and cheese from DuMont Burger in Williamsburg is the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had, with radiatore pasta, bacon, parmesan, gruyere and cheddar. Nowww we’re back to the good food in NYC. I did a lot of research online beforehand about the best mac and cheese in the city, and I kept reading about this one. It did not disappoint.

I have one more post to write about NYC, and then I’m moving on to Europe!

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  1. Aimee Adler says:

    Jennnnn- You have to be from New YAWK to really enjoy a Nathan’s hot dawg from Coney Island!!!! I can eat 2 of those with a side of fries and be so happy!

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