The Brooklyn Bridge
One of the most iconic and breathtaking landmarks in New York City, this suspended bridge connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, providing incredible views of downtown Manhattan on a clear day. When the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, it was the epitome of architectural genius as the first bridge to employ steel cables. In its present-day glory, it remains a vital New York landmark that is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, who are able to walk, run, or bike its length.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Located right below the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, this serene lookout is a reprieve for New Yorkers looking to walk, run, or stroll alongside breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is the perfect place to stop and take in some spectacular views that make for an amazing snapshot of the city.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Pierrepont Place, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 722 3214
Soldiers and Sailors Arch
Dedicated on October 21, 1862, the Soldiers and Sailors Arch was built to commemorate Union soldiers from 1861 through 1865. Serving as a stunning entryway into Prospect Park, you can also find various flea and farmers markets taking place in the warmer months. This landmark is a beauty to behold both day and night.
Coney Island Boardwalk
A beloved summer outing for the last century, the Coney Island Boardwalk is a place where you can lounge on the beach, play arcade games, or indulge in the seaside fare. The boardwalk is also home to MCU Park where minor league baseball team The Brooklyn Cyclones play. Other attractions include the New York Aquarium and the Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink.
Coney Island Boardwalk, West 37th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 946 1353
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden serves as an urban oasis for everyone from wanderers to peace lovers to botanists. Explore over 52 acres of stunning flora, located in close proximity to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum. The garden is beautiful all year-round, but it’s particularly breathtaking in the spring when they unveil the cherry blossom festival, or Sakura Matsuri.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 623 7200
Prospect Park was created by the same brilliant minds that gave us Central Park. Thanks to landscape designers Fredrick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, New Yorkers come from far and wide to soak up the sun on their blankets, wander, people-watch, and nature-watch. The park also houses a children’s zoo, and the Wollman Rink, designed by Robert Moses.
Empire Fulton Ferry State Park
The Empire Fulton Ferry State Park is located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge, allowing for stunning views of Lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. Visit Jane’s Carousel, find your perfect photo opportunity from the boardwalk, or lounge on the lawn in the warmer months. The Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse are also located next to the park; these two historic buildings are remnants of the Civil War and played a huge role in the shipping business at the Brooklyn Waterfront.
Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, 1 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 222 9939
Considered one of the NYC Parks Department’s hidden gems, Sunset Park features various athletic attractions such as a swimming pool, green fields, pedestrian walkways, a sand volleyball court, and a recreation center, as well as a 9/11 memorial. Visitors can also see a rugged Manhattan skyline at sunset. From the park’s highest point, you can see the Statue of Liberty, surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods, Staten Island, and New Jersey.
Sunset Park, 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 972 2135
Louis Valentino Jr., Park and Pier
The Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier is surrounded by historic, residential, and industrial buildings, which represent the rich shipping history in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. The park was named after the dedicated firefighter and Brooklynite who lost his life in a firefighting tragedy. From the pier, visitors can see Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, Staten Island, and the New York Harbor.
Cadman Plaza Park
The Cadman Plaza Park is located on the border of Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights. Although it is not as large, it certainly provides a reprieve for those who want a quick stroll during their lunch hour or to relax in between classes. The park was dedicated to Reverend Dr. Samuel Parkes Cadman, a Brooklyn Congressional Minister and radio preacher who found fame for his orating skills.
Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 212 639 9675