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Guidebook for Brooklyn

Marisa And Colin
Marisa And Colin
Meðlimur síðan 2011
Marisa And Colin

Guidebook for Brooklyn

Food Scene
Spacious and full of natural light, this local coffee roaster offers a full line of espresso based drinks, coffees and a small but delicious selection of pastries at their Building 92 cafe at the southern end of the Navy Yard. The cafe also showcases art curated by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and from time to time is the setting for company and public events.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
63 Flushing Ave
Spacious and full of natural light, this local coffee roaster offers a full line of espresso based drinks, coffees and a small but delicious selection of pastries at their Building 92 cafe at the southern end of the Navy Yard. The cafe also showcases art curated by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and from time to time is the setting for company and public events.
Fabulous coffee, but the pastries aren't as good as they used to be. It's a great jumping off point for enjoying Fort Greene Park, the Saturday Farmer's Market along Washington Park Ave, or shopping on Dekalb. There is (very) limited seating inside but it can be hard to get a chair.
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BitterSweet
180 Dekalb Avenue
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Fabulous coffee, but the pastries aren't as good as they used to be. It's a great jumping off point for enjoying Fort Greene Park, the Saturday Farmer's Market along Washington Park Ave, or shopping on Dekalb. There is (very) limited seating inside but it can be hard to get a chair.
Excellent breakfast and coffee. It is rarely too crowded to get a table, especially during the weekdays. The interior is small but feels welcoming and cozy. Staff is always relaxed and friendly and I never feel rushed here.
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Smooch
264 Carlton Avenue
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Excellent breakfast and coffee. It is rarely too crowded to get a table, especially during the weekdays. The interior is small but feels welcoming and cozy. Staff is always relaxed and friendly and I never feel rushed here.
This is hands down my favorite spot in the neighborhood for an incredible meal or a special occasion. The interior is a work of art--an assemblage of recycled weathered wood, rustic layered paint and antiques re-worked into unique lighting fixtures and wall decor. The cocktails are bespoke Manhattan and Negroni-types, always handsome and artful. Dinners usually include the juiciest pork chop or a hearty homemade pasta with kill-me-now ragù. The prices are high but it is so worth it. I recommend making a reservation on the weekends and under no circumstances should you miss out on the Guinness Chocolate Cake.
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Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Avenue
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This is hands down my favorite spot in the neighborhood for an incredible meal or a special occasion. The interior is a work of art--an assemblage of recycled weathered wood, rustic layered paint and antiques re-worked into unique lighting fixtures and wall decor. The cocktails are bespoke Manhattan and Negroni-types, always handsome and artful. Dinners usually include the juiciest pork chop or a hearty homemade pasta with kill-me-now ragù. The prices are high but it is so worth it. I recommend making a reservation on the weekends and under no circumstances should you miss out on the Guinness Chocolate Cake.
Serving up smoked fish, caviar, bagels, and bialys, beloved New York City institution Russ & Daughters just opened their 4th NYC location just steps from our apartment. On the bottom floor of the Navy Yard's Building 77, the historic Jewish store, in business for over 100 years, is the first spot to open in the building’s new food production hall, offering breakfast, lunch, takeaway, and on and off-site catering. You can't go wrong with a Whitefish bagel.
Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
141 Flushing Ave
Serving up smoked fish, caviar, bagels, and bialys, beloved New York City institution Russ & Daughters just opened their 4th NYC location just steps from our apartment. On the bottom floor of the Navy Yard's Building 77, the historic Jewish store, in business for over 100 years, is the first spot to open in the building’s new food production hall, offering breakfast, lunch, takeaway, and on and off-site catering. You can't go wrong with a Whitefish bagel.
There is truly no other place like Rip's Malt shop. Serving up vegan takes on classic malt shop fare, you can get Field Roast Frankfurters and Beyond Meat bratwurst. They also serve dairy-free malts and milkshakes made with Van Leeuwen coconut-cream ice cream. It is fun to eat in the small front dining are, or just grab food to go and take along on your adventures.
Rip's Malt Shop
10 Clermont Ave
There is truly no other place like Rip's Malt shop. Serving up vegan takes on classic malt shop fare, you can get Field Roast Frankfurters and Beyond Meat bratwurst. They also serve dairy-free malts and milkshakes made with Van Leeuwen coconut-cream ice cream. It is fun to eat in the small front dining are, or just grab food to go and take along on your adventures.
Sister restaurant to Williamsburg mainstay Walter Foods, Walter’s has many looks: During the day, the expansive windows let in a wealth of natural light; in the evening, tungsten bulbs bathe the wraparound bar and leather banquettes in a cozy glow. Standout entrées include the pork chops with jalapeño grits and the seven-ounce burger on brioche. A solid cocktail menu rounds out the mix; try the Hemingway Daiquiri or the Pepino, made with Mezcal and muddled cucumber.
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Walter's
166 Dekalb Ave
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Sister restaurant to Williamsburg mainstay Walter Foods, Walter’s has many looks: During the day, the expansive windows let in a wealth of natural light; in the evening, tungsten bulbs bathe the wraparound bar and leather banquettes in a cozy glow. Standout entrées include the pork chops with jalapeño grits and the seven-ounce burger on brioche. A solid cocktail menu rounds out the mix; try the Hemingway Daiquiri or the Pepino, made with Mezcal and muddled cucumber.
A secret Japanese restaurant located INSIDE of another neighborhood favorite, Walter's (you enter by walking through Walter's and going through the small unmarked door in the back), Karasu is neither a sushi restaurant nor an izakaya — more of a casual neighborhood spot — and the menu includes savory egg custard, vegetarian ramen, and kampachi crudo. Cocktails are reinterpreted classics, served alongside sake, shochu, and Japanese whisky - all chosen to compliment the cuisine. I highly recommend reservations in advance--it fills up fast!
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Karasu
166 Dekalb Ave
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A secret Japanese restaurant located INSIDE of another neighborhood favorite, Walter's (you enter by walking through Walter's and going through the small unmarked door in the back), Karasu is neither a sushi restaurant nor an izakaya — more of a casual neighborhood spot — and the menu includes savory egg custard, vegetarian ramen, and kampachi crudo. Cocktails are reinterpreted classics, served alongside sake, shochu, and Japanese whisky - all chosen to compliment the cuisine. I highly recommend reservations in advance--it fills up fast!
Argentine barbecue cooked over an open flame. As you can imagine it can be hot and crowded in the summer. Incredible food and prices to match--with the most expansive menu of French wines in Brooklyn.
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Rhodora Wine Bar
197 Adelphi St
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Argentine barbecue cooked over an open flame. As you can imagine it can be hot and crowded in the summer. Incredible food and prices to match--with the most expansive menu of French wines in Brooklyn.
Chef-owned spot for contemporary Israeli & Mediterranean food & cocktails, with backyard seating. I'll confess I haven't gotten to try out this new spot to our neighborhood, but it gets consistently high marks from friends and reviewers. Let me know what you think!
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Miss Ada
184 Dekalb Ave
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Chef-owned spot for contemporary Israeli & Mediterranean food & cocktails, with backyard seating. I'll confess I haven't gotten to try out this new spot to our neighborhood, but it gets consistently high marks from friends and reviewers. Let me know what you think!
Mediterranean-Italian locale serving pastas, small plates & wood-fired dishes, plus cocktails. Popular with locals.
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Evelina
211 Dekalb Ave
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Mediterranean-Italian locale serving pastas, small plates & wood-fired dishes, plus cocktails. Popular with locals.
A haven for farm-to-table-y Latin American cooking (think: mushroom arepas, plenty of tacos), but also possibly Brooklyn’s best hidden steakhouse, with beef options — hanger steaks, grass-fed sirloin, a massive bone-in ribeye — taking up a solid chunk of the menu. One of the more popular brownstone-Brooklyn brunch destinations — especially in the warmer months, when the private, walled-off back garden turns into one of the best outdoor spaces, anywhere, to enjoy a meal.
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Colonia Verde
219 Dekalb Avenue
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A haven for farm-to-table-y Latin American cooking (think: mushroom arepas, plenty of tacos), but also possibly Brooklyn’s best hidden steakhouse, with beef options — hanger steaks, grass-fed sirloin, a massive bone-in ribeye — taking up a solid chunk of the menu. One of the more popular brownstone-Brooklyn brunch destinations — especially in the warmer months, when the private, walled-off back garden turns into one of the best outdoor spaces, anywhere, to enjoy a meal.
Tourists line up daily for a chance to try the coal-fired pies at one of the biggest names in Brooklyn pizza. Personally, I avoid this place because the lines tend to be quite long, especially on the weekends. But the pizza is quite good, and if you survive the line, you can tell everyone you had Grimaldi's coal oven pizza!
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Grimaldi's Pizzeria
1 Front Street
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Tourists line up daily for a chance to try the coal-fired pies at one of the biggest names in Brooklyn pizza. Personally, I avoid this place because the lines tend to be quite long, especially on the weekends. But the pizza is quite good, and if you survive the line, you can tell everyone you had Grimaldi's coal oven pizza!
Newest coffee shop to the neighborhood. Great coffee and lovely, intimate, serene interior.
Head Hi
14 Clermont Ave
Newest coffee shop to the neighborhood. Great coffee and lovely, intimate, serene interior.
Updated Thai fare & cocktails served in a boldly designed 2-story space in a former garage.
Samui
15 Vanderbilt Ave
Updated Thai fare & cocktails served in a boldly designed 2-story space in a former garage.
Drinks & Nightlife
This is one of the dwindling number of classic, NYC dive bars. A dusty, downstairs dive with incomparably cheap, stiff drinks, and barstools held together by duct tape. What's not to like?
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Alibi
242 Dekalb Avenue
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This is one of the dwindling number of classic, NYC dive bars. A dusty, downstairs dive with incomparably cheap, stiff drinks, and barstools held together by duct tape. What's not to like?
Never too loud, mostly full of locals, this secret, laid-back cocktail joint offers mixologist-made cocktails in a tile-lined bar hidden behind a speakeasy-style unmarked door.
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Dick and Jane’s
266 Adelphi Street
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Never too loud, mostly full of locals, this secret, laid-back cocktail joint offers mixologist-made cocktails in a tile-lined bar hidden behind a speakeasy-style unmarked door.
This is a bit far from our apartment but I had to include it because it is a true Brooklyn institution. I have been coming to Frank's for almost 20 years and it hasn't changed since at least 20 years before that. An interior that saw its heyday in the 70's, you never know what you will find at Frank's: DJ's, karaoke, live jazz and blues, dancing, and occasionally an impromptu potluck of collard greens and black eyed peas on the second floor. The eponymous owner Frank Perkins sadly passed away in 2018, but his iconic bar lives on.
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Frank's Cocktail Lounge
660 Fulton Street
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This is a bit far from our apartment but I had to include it because it is a true Brooklyn institution. I have been coming to Frank's for almost 20 years and it hasn't changed since at least 20 years before that. An interior that saw its heyday in the 70's, you never know what you will find at Frank's: DJ's, karaoke, live jazz and blues, dancing, and occasionally an impromptu potluck of collard greens and black eyed peas on the second floor. The eponymous owner Frank Perkins sadly passed away in 2018, but his iconic bar lives on.
This bar, named after a famous hoax in upstate NY, serves only alcohol made in the state of New York, with a strong emphasis on beer and cider. The interior is lovely and cozy but often packed with locals.
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Cardiff Giant
415 Myrtle Ave
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This bar, named after a famous hoax in upstate NY, serves only alcohol made in the state of New York, with a strong emphasis on beer and cider. The interior is lovely and cozy but often packed with locals.
The Gatehouses is the tasting room for King's County Distillery, New York City’s oldest, largest, and premier whiskey distillery. But even better, the tasting room is right around the corner on Navy Street and is housed in the original gatehouse to the Brooklyn Navy yard. Once abandoned, the 1896 vintage structures resemble small castles. You can even sit inside one of the turrets if you are lucky enough to visit on a slow day. Make sure to visit the bathroom while you are there--it is a work of art in itself. They also offer small plates of food if you show up hungry.
The Gatehouses
299 Sands St
The Gatehouses is the tasting room for King's County Distillery, New York City’s oldest, largest, and premier whiskey distillery. But even better, the tasting room is right around the corner on Navy Street and is housed in the original gatehouse to the Brooklyn Navy yard. Once abandoned, the 1896 vintage structures resemble small castles. You can even sit inside one of the turrets if you are lucky enough to visit on a slow day. Make sure to visit the bathroom while you are there--it is a work of art in itself. They also offer small plates of food if you show up hungry.
Arts & Culture
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum, open Wed-Sun from noon-6, allows visitors to explore three floors of Exhibitions dedicated to the past, present, and future of the Yard. Pop into the new Yard Work gallery to see what people are making at the Yard today. They also offer tours of the Navy Yard on the weekends. Grab a coffee next door at Brooklyn Roasters. Best of all, admission is FREE!
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Building 92
63 Flushing Avenue
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The Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum, open Wed-Sun from noon-6, allows visitors to explore three floors of Exhibitions dedicated to the past, present, and future of the Yard. Pop into the new Yard Work gallery to see what people are making at the Yard today. They also offer tours of the Navy Yard on the weekends. Grab a coffee next door at Brooklyn Roasters. Best of all, admission is FREE!
You can take the B62 bus straight here from the stop on Park Avenue. The Transit Museum is a walk through the history of NYC's mass transit system and is hands-down one of my favorite lesser known museums in the city. It is built inside of a long-abandoned subway tunnel and is great for kids and adults alike, with interactive exhibits, a place to sit down and eat snacks, and on the bottom level, retired original NYC subway cars lined up end to end that span all eras of underground transit. You can walk through all the old cars and see what it might have felt like to ride the wicker-seated subway cars of the 1920's!
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New York Transit Museum
99 Boerum Place
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You can take the B62 bus straight here from the stop on Park Avenue. The Transit Museum is a walk through the history of NYC's mass transit system and is hands-down one of my favorite lesser known museums in the city. It is built inside of a long-abandoned subway tunnel and is great for kids and adults alike, with interactive exhibits, a place to sit down and eat snacks, and on the bottom level, retired original NYC subway cars lined up end to end that span all eras of underground transit. You can walk through all the old cars and see what it might have felt like to ride the wicker-seated subway cars of the 1920's!
Cooler is an art gallery within a repurposed industrial icebox outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard — the physical border of large art, design, and manufacturing communities. The curation aims to reflect the essence of this intersection. Cooler Gallery seeks to be a breeding ground for thought at the crossing of fine art, design and manufacturing. They host monthly group and solo exhibitions showcasing a specific artist, medium or theme.
Cooler Gallery
22 Waverly Ave
Cooler is an art gallery within a repurposed industrial icebox outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard — the physical border of large art, design, and manufacturing communities. The curation aims to reflect the essence of this intersection. Cooler Gallery seeks to be a breeding ground for thought at the crossing of fine art, design and manufacturing. They host monthly group and solo exhibitions showcasing a specific artist, medium or theme.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is a performing arts venue in Brooklyn, New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance. It presented its first performance in 1861 and began operations in its present location in 1908. I have seen some of my most memorable theatre and dance performances here over the years. It also has a cafe and lecture hall and an indie cinema.
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
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The Brooklyn Academy of Music is a performing arts venue in Brooklyn, New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance. It presented its first performance in 1861 and began operations in its present location in 1908. I have seen some of my most memorable theatre and dance performances here over the years. It also has a cafe and lecture hall and an indie cinema.
One of my favorite venues for seeing cutting edge theatre. In the heart of DUMBO near the water front. If you plan to see a show here make sure to spend some time at Brooklyn Bridge Park before the show.
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St. Ann's Warehouse
45 Water Street
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One of my favorite venues for seeing cutting edge theatre. In the heart of DUMBO near the water front. If you plan to see a show here make sure to spend some time at Brooklyn Bridge Park before the show.
Sightseeing
NYC's oldest bridge and the only one specifically designed for pedestrians. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorite walks. You can also rent a Citibike and cruise across into Manhattan. Or just hand out underneath the footings in DUMBO at the waterfront park and soak in the sun and the art.
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Brooklyn Bridge
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NYC's oldest bridge and the only one specifically designed for pedestrians. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorite walks. You can also rent a Citibike and cruise across into Manhattan. Or just hand out underneath the footings in DUMBO at the waterfront park and soak in the sun and the art.
Parks & Nature
Fabulous park with monuments, tennis courts, and kid's playgrounds (x2!), and also close to many excellent restaurants on Dekalb Ave. A great place to relax and people-watch. Check out the Farmer's Market every Saturday along the park's east side.
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Fort Greene Park
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Fabulous park with monuments, tennis courts, and kid's playgrounds (x2!), and also close to many excellent restaurants on Dekalb Ave. A great place to relax and people-watch. Check out the Farmer's Market every Saturday along the park's east side.
Directly across the street you will find Commodore Barry park, acquired by the city of Brooklyn in 1836 and named after Commodore Barry who helped found the Navy Yard just to the north. It features a lawn, benches, and a free lap pool open in the summer. The sports field, kid's playground and basketball courts further west are scheduled for renovation in the next 12 months, a long-awaited face lift for Brooklyn's oldest park.
Commodore Barry Park
Flushing Avenue
Directly across the street you will find Commodore Barry park, acquired by the city of Brooklyn in 1836 and named after Commodore Barry who helped found the Navy Yard just to the north. It features a lawn, benches, and a free lap pool open in the summer. The sports field, kid's playground and basketball courts further west are scheduled for renovation in the next 12 months, a long-awaited face lift for Brooklyn's oldest park.
Calling this simply a park does not do it justice. The Brooklyn Bridge Park wraps around the waterfront to the north and west of DUMBO and features greenspaces, city views, jogging and biking trails, sports areas, playgrounds, art installations, food vendors, and shopping. You can spend the whole day there and we sometimes do! You can check out the website to see if there are any scheduled events happening, or you can hop on the water ferry and ride across to Manhattan for the price of a subway ticket!
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St
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Calling this simply a park does not do it justice. The Brooklyn Bridge Park wraps around the waterfront to the north and west of DUMBO and features greenspaces, city views, jogging and biking trails, sports areas, playgrounds, art installations, food vendors, and shopping. You can spend the whole day there and we sometimes do! You can check out the website to see if there are any scheduled events happening, or you can hop on the water ferry and ride across to Manhattan for the price of a subway ticket!
Entertainment & Activities
Originally started in Austin, TX, the Alamo Drafthouse is a dine-in movie theatre. You can get comfy and order food and drinks (including alcohol) right from your movie seat. I recommend buying your tickets in advance; this is mandatory on weekends and evenings. Movies in NYC sell out quickly.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown Brooklyn
445 Albee Square W
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Originally started in Austin, TX, the Alamo Drafthouse is a dine-in movie theatre. You can get comfy and order food and drinks (including alcohol) right from your movie seat. I recommend buying your tickets in advance; this is mandatory on weekends and evenings. Movies in NYC sell out quickly.
Opened in 2012, Barclays Center is the home of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders and hosts premier concerts, championship boxing, and much more. See website for upcoming events.
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Atlantic Av-Barclays Center
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Opened in 2012, Barclays Center is the home of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders and hosts premier concerts, championship boxing, and much more. See website for upcoming events.
Getting Around
From this subway station you can be in Manhattan in 1 stop on the Q, B, or D trains. Be aware the B does not run on the weekends.
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DeKalb Av Subway Sta
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From this subway station you can be in Manhattan in 1 stop on the Q, B, or D trains. Be aware the B does not run on the weekends.
From this subway station you can be in Manhattan in 1 stop on the F train.
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York Street Subway Station
York Street
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From this subway station you can be in Manhattan in 1 stop on the F train.
You can take the NYC ferry service from this pier to Williamsburg or Manhattan. Buy your ticket in advance or you can purchase on board. They have an amazing snack bar and the cleanest bathrooms in NYC.
Dumbo/BBP Pier 1
You can take the NYC ferry service from this pier to Williamsburg or Manhattan. Buy your ticket in advance or you can purchase on board. They have an amazing snack bar and the cleanest bathrooms in NYC.
This is the closest Citibike station to the apartment at only 1 block away. You can return Citibikes at any station around the city. See the website for info on how to rent bikes and a map of all the stations.
Citi Bike
This is the closest Citibike station to the apartment at only 1 block away. You can return Citibikes at any station around the city. See the website for info on how to rent bikes and a map of all the stations.