Here’s some beta I collected on Brooklyn while attending the Sakura Matsuri festival in Brooklyn Botanic Garden yesterday:
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a nice place to spend a summer day. It’s not as large or classy as Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia, but it’s definitely worth a short visit if you’re in the area. On normal days, there is free admission before noon and parking is not too difficult to find along
Fulton Street Mall is located on Fulton Street just south of Flatbush Avenue.
In the past, I have tried in vain to access the Esplanade, located above the BQE along the river. Yesterday I found it. The Esplanade is bounded by Remsen Street at the south end and Orange Street at the north end. All these streets end at the Esplanade. There is a good view of Governor’s Island, and a unique angle on
I wanted to pinpoint some antique stores on Atlantic Avenue, and I found them between Bond and Smith Streets. However, bear in mind that these are the elite of antique shops, having in their stock some quite fine and valuable specimens. Browsing here is entertaining, but the prices are far above the means of common folk. There are quite a few stores that are piled to the ceiling with small pieces of yesterday’s necessities that, with patience and a lot of digging, may yield treasures to those so inclined.
Greenwood Cemetery is a large cemetery in Brooklyn, possibly one of the oldest, judging by the architecture of the gatehouses and the age of the trees on the privately owned grounds. The main entrance is on 5th Avenue at 25 Street, and the gatehouse here is spectacular. The grounds are open to the public year-round 8am to 6pm with some variations. No admission is charged and visitors are free to drive and park along the roads to walk the many narrow paths between the roads. Ask for a map at the entrance. Navigation is challenging due to the many curves and hills in this area.
Fifth Avenue has a fair lineup of restaurants near Atlantic Avenue. Between
Brooklyn is a fun place to spend the day, though it is possible to leave New York City feeling as if you haven’t seen any of the ‘real’ NYC. Most people’s concept of NYC does not include any Brooklyn landmarks, and few of the street names jive with pop culture. Also, if one gets off track it is possible to end up in ghetto-like places. How often does a person get to spend a day touring parks, cemeteries, and neighborhoods? Altogether it was a fun and interesting day.