Fun Things To Do In Brooklyn New York

There is so much to see and do in Brooklyn that you may not know where to start. Regardless of the particular neighborhood you live in or plan on visiting; you will always find unique and must do activities. Here are some fun things to do in Brooklyn New York

Coney Island – Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Fun Things To Do In Brooklyn New YorkLocated in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Coney Island is the perfect destination to visit when you want to awaken your inner child. With a beautiful beach and a classic boardwalk, it is among the borough’s favorite and most popular attractions. Not only is Coney Island home to the original location of Nathan’s Hotdogs it also boasts the decades-old wooden rollercoaster, the Cyclone as well as the iconic parachute jump. Though it costs a pretty penny to ride it, doing so is a badge of honor among locals. The Coney Island neighborhood also includes a small arcade, a candy store, and much more to appeal to the child in everyone.

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Camping in New York City

The worst thing about living in New York City is the lack of nature. This can be a problem for locals as well as tourists. Some people love the city but also love the country. Leaving the city is a hassle because hardly anybody has a car. Those that do have a car, rarely drive it outside of the five boroughs. Ask a native New Yorker how often they go camping. The answer will almost always be zero or at most one time per year. However, there is a little known secret….even to most native New Yorkers! Camping in New York City is legal in two parts of the city. That’s right, you can sleep under the stars while being close to the subway and civilization!

Not only is it legal, it’s also safe! I’ve never had a bad experience at either of the two legal campgrounds in New York City. We lit campfires, hung out with strangers and grilled veggie burgers.

Both of the legal campgrounds are part of The Gateway National Recreation Area. One of the campgrounds is in Brooklyn while the other is on Staten Island. Let’s start with camping at Brooklyn’s one and only Floyd Bennett Field.

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Top New York City Comfort Foods Part 3: Half Moon Cookies, Black & White Cookies, Mac ‘n Cheese, and Dumplings

If you were asked to name a reason why New York City is so popular, what would you say? Times Square? The buzzing night nightlife? Daily celebrity sightings? The Big Apple is famous for so many reasons that it would be hard to name them all. However, one of the most significant benefits of visiting New York City is its diversity. Given the mix of cultures that coexist in New York City, it’s only fitting that our, “Top New York City Comfort Foods”, series features a wide variety of food. We’ve already covered iconic NYC comfort food like pizza and bagels, as well as authentic American chow, so it’s time for something different. In part three of the Best NYC Comfort Food series, we’ll learn more about the variety of sweet and savory foods that can be found in the city. Some of the most popular savory foods in the Big Apple include creamy mac ‘n cheese and rich dumplings. While these dishes are delicious on their own, they’re even better when topped off by a scrumptious half-moon cookie. You may be familiar with these foods, but if you’ve never had them from one of these restaurants, then you’re missing out.

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Top New York City Comfort Foods Part 2: Burgers and Iconic Diners

Are you a foodie? Do you love trying new restaurants? If so, this article series is for you. The “Top New York City Comfort Foods”, series exists to share some of the best restaurants with both New York City locals and visitors. If you’ve visited the Big Apple- or have ever watched an NYC-based television show- then you’re familiar with the hype surrounding food in this wonderful city. While foods like NYC pizza and bagels are labeled as iconic New York City foods, there are so many different types of foods in this city that visitors and locals alike should try. In this second part of the series, we’ll be focusing on authentic American chow. We’ll take a look at some of the juiciest burger joints and most iconic diners in the big apple. If you’re a fan of meat or traditional American comfort food, then you’ll want to read on.

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Top New York City Comfort Foods Part 1: Pizza and Bagels

New York City is one of the most famous cities in all of America. “The city that never sleeps” is known for its vibrant nightlife, rich culture, and phenomenal food. NYC comfort food is like nothing else you’ve ever tasted. People come from all around the world just to get a taste of its world-famous pizza and cheap, but tasty street hot dogs. There’s just something special about the food in New York; everything you eat explodes in your mouth with flavor. Whether you’re a New York native or a visitor, this series will introduce you to some of the best restaurants in the big apple that you never knew existed! In this series, we’ll be exploring our top recommendations for comfort food in New York City from pizza to burgers- and where you can find it! In part one of this series, “Top New York City Comfort Foods Part 1: Pizza and Bagels”, we’ll be covering the two most iconic foods to eat in New York City: pizza and bagels.

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Top Kid-Friendly NYC Summer Attractions

For kids, the months of July usually mean the start of the long summer periods. After enduring a whole year of school, to children, summer signifies the time to unwind and have fun. However, many parents are usually at a loss on how to handle the herculean task of engaging their children in safe, but fun activities at this time of the year, and avoid dealing with grumpy kids, who don’t want to be cooped up indoors.  If you are in this situation, this comprehensive list has been curated for you by Big Apple Visitor’s Center to help you avoid dealing with whiny kids, all summer long. It contains some of the top kid-friendly NYC attractions, and they are guaranteed to keep your kids engaged and well-entertained all summer.

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Top Summer Events in New York

Visiting New York City in the summer is a great way to explore and spend time with your family and friends. New York City can also make for a great solo trip if you’re looking for an adventure. There are events for all age groups and interests including concerts, festivals, and special activities, making it a great time to be in the city. We have compiled our list of recommended top summer events in New York for your next visit to the Big Apple. Enjoy!

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Classic NYC Sightseeing Cruise


The fastest and best way to see the Statue of Liberty! Sail down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and back, viewing such sights as Ellis Island, the historic immigration center, the rising Freedom Tower, and the World Financial Center, along the way.

Hurricane Sandy left the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closed until further notice. Thankfully, Circle Line 42 can still get you close enough to get those desired pics! Each of our cruise options includes a close look at the Statue of Liberty.

Book your Circle Line Classic NYC Sightseeing Cruise Now!

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Best Gardens in New York City

Central Park - Conservatory Garden

Central Park – Conservatory Garden

Best Gardens in New York City

Our team has compiled a list of the best gardens in New York City. We highly recommend you check them out if you are visiting NYC during the spring, summer, or early fall.

Central Park – Conservatory Garden

Located on the North-east side of Central Park this section of the park is one of the most beautiful. The Conservatory Garden is divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style: Italian, French, and English. The Garden’s main entrance is through the Vanderbilt Gate, on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. This magnificent iron gate, made in Paris in 1894, originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.

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Staten Island Ferry

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The Staten Island Ferry began service in 1905, and currently carries over 19 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run between the St. George Terminal in Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in lower Manhattan.

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