I’ve often told you about Manhattan in several posts. I was there twice and in 4 weeks you really gather a lot of things to tell and adventures to say.
They run, and run, and run.
But where the hell do they run to!?
But I also loved Brooklyn, which I definitely experience less than the former, but that I really loved (mainly when I visited NYC during the last very hot July).
It’s green and clean (and this makes a big difference than Manhattan that might be cool and poshy, but so polluted, crowded, dirty and messy).
Here I’ll tell you about 2 cafés and one place you definitely can’t miss if you go to NYC. (The number 3 is the most amazing thing I’ve visited in the Big Apple).
1 – Kos Kaffe Roasting House – 251 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Between Carroll St & Garfield Pl, on the Park Slope.
Friendly, fresh but not freezing like other air conditioned places in Manhattan and NYC, here you can self service you r tea and water and ask for very full and diverse salads and sandwiches.
You can also choose hot or cold teas. The furniture design is shabby chic (kind of) and the coffee is very good (as an Italia I’d say much better than the local average).
Free wi-fi, you can rest and work from here for free and they won’t hurry you up to leave.
2 – Hungry Ghost
There are several Hungry Ghost all around Brookyn, but the one I bumped into was the one in 183 Starling place. Small and cozy, there aran’t so many seats but you can choose here your coffee to go if on a hurry. If the weather is ok, you can even take a sit outside and contemplate the amazing almost nothing of this side of NYC, that you’ll be longing to after your first 3 days in Time Square.
3 – Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave,Brooklyn, NY 11225.
Some friends took me here, I hadn’t even heard about it before.
This garden is an enormous collection of plant species from all over the world, handled and preserved in a suitable environment, with different types of spraying and spreading. There are even greenhouses that reproduce the climate and vegetation of different deserts of the world and of the rainforest. It’s like being there for a moment!
The path is wide and perfect for the study and observation of plants and trees but also for contemplation and enjoyment.
All routes are passable with wheelchairs, which can also be rented for free for those with mobility problems. The bbg is also suitable for the visually impaired thanks to tactile paths, both outdoors and indoors, in spaces where there are also illustrative screens and audio guides.
In short, a model to be followed anywhere!
After visiting NYC both in summer and in winter and fall, after I spent about one month here, I say without any doubt that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is in my opinion the real MUST SEE the big apple.