Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo | New York City
This guide is designed as an itinerary for your first day in the city. Hopefully it helps ease you into your vacation and get you excited for what’s in store. It includes a trip to the Brooklyn Bridge, exploring DUMBO and the new Brooklyn Bridge Park as well as some delicious eats; including one of the best coffee and sweet shops in DUMBO and one of the best burgers in all of New York City!
High Street - Brooklyn Bridge Station
$ | Public Mass Transit
A and C blue line trains stop here
A great jumping off point to explore the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding neighborhoods is the High Street subway stop. This station is accessible by either the A or C train. If you’re coming from Clinton Hill or Stuyvesant heights within Bedford-Stuyvesant (commonly referred to as Bed-Stuy pronounced Stye) then the blue AC line is accesible along Fulton Street. The subway ride in should take maybe 10-15 minutes.
If you are closer to the J train which runs along Broadway then you might find it’s easier to take the J to Broadway Junction station and transfer to the AC at Broadway Junction.
The cost of the New York City subway is a flat $2.75 per ride. You are charged when you swipe into the system and once in, you can make as many transfers or continue on the system for as long as you like for that initial cost. If you have two days in the city where you might expect to ride the subway one way out in the morning and one way back in the evening for four people, I’d recommend putting $50 on a card and just swiping as needed. The minimum unlimited pass is 7 days for $32 per pass.
If you don’t already have a transit app you love, I’d suggest Citymapper. Great app for point to point directions.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Free | Public walk and bike path
Walking entrance near the intersection of Cadman Plaza East and Prospect Street. It’s a small stairwell under the overpass of the Brooklyn Bridge
Seeing the Brooklyn Bridge is a wonderful way to start or end a trip to New York City. It’s a perfect blend of American history, architecture and modern day scale and function that’s still relevant and still impressive. The bridge dates back to the 1880s when it was the longest suspension bridge and to this day carries a ton of traffic in and out of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The entrance to the walking path is not well highlighted or marked but it’s underneath the bridge itself near the corner of Cadman Plaza East and Prospect Street. I would recommend walking the bridge if it’s your first time visiting. You will see some places to rent bikes but the bridge can get very crowded and there is only one stair case near this entrance. To ride a bike on the ramp starts about 5 minutes away at the corner of Tillary Street and Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.
When you enter on the walking path you will notice there is one side designated for walking and one for biking. If you hang to the far right side of the walking path you will find your experience is much more enjoyable. A lot of bikers use the path and most are not patient with tourists or walkers straggling in the bike lane.
One Girl Cookies
$$ | Charming neighborhood bakery offering cookies & cakes plus coffee, savory snacks, wine & beer
33 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
After you’ve walked a portion (or all of) the Brooklyn Bridge and taken a few photos you can head back down the stairs the way you entered to Cadman Plaza East and Prospect Street. From there you can take a left on Cadman Plaza East and cross over Prospect Street. It will turn into Washington Street and you can follow that all the way down to the water front.
You will be entering into DUMBO (stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) one of the trendier/ priciest neighborhoods in New York City. Full of some of the cities startups as well as coffee shops, a few cafes and plenty of expensive real estate with water and Manhattan views.
On your walk down from the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, you may find yourself in need of something sweet and a little caffeine. One of the best neighborhood spots is One Girl Cookies. It’s on the corner of Water Street and Main Street and offers delicious coffees, whoopie pies and a beautiful space to put your feet up before your next adventure.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Free | Public park
Washington or Main Street will run directly into Brooklyn Bridge Park. The majority of the park is going to be to your left, including the carousel, tons of walking paths and some greenery. The park is also host to different outdoor events throughout the year such as outdoor Opera and it’s often a site for movie shoots and wedding photography.
$$ | Cozy, gourmet eatery serving THE BEST BURGER and delicious wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas
919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
The Brooklyn Bridge, the priceless view of Manhattan, those are all warm ups for the main event of the evening. Emily of Brooklyn is a venerable spot. Home to arguable the best burger in New York City (there are many, so we’ll say “one of” the best). They didn’t stop there though, it’s also one of the most delicious Neapolitan style Pizza’s in the city. Make your reservation now. Fly into the city, enjoy a little excursion to the Brooklyn waterfront but don’t be late. This one of the most important parts of your trip.