A cup of coffee.

The best coffee in Green Point

“Coffee, this is about coffee. I sometimes feel bad that I never write about my country and where I come from.  I get so caught up in Eastern European travels and writing about Scandinavia that I turn a blind eye to the United States.  To be frank, most people aren’t visiting my blog for travel information about the US.  So, I don’t really write about it.  And I barely make it home more than two weeks a year… so it doesn’t give me a lot of information to throw out there despite being extremely well-traveled in the United States in general (I’ve been to 45 of the 50 states).  I tend to spend about five days in New York City when I go home and the rest of the time elsewhere.  Anyway, you know that there is nothing I love more than showcasing rad businesses and cafes on my site, so I feel no shame in sharing this latest post which is a guide to four awesome places to drink coffee in Greenpoint, Brooklyn”.
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Park Slope.

Top summer things to do in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has tons of things to do in the summer, from running in the parks to swimming and boating for free. You can eat pizza in Bensonhurst, ice cream in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and calzones in Carroll Gardens. Watch fireworks at Coney Island, go fishing off of Sheepshead Bay, and much more.

The list.

A lot of hot dogs.

Who serves the best hot dog in Coney Island?

Before this summer season there was really no question: Of course you would go to Nathan’s — Coney Island ’s towering behemoth, founded over 100 years ago across the street from the subway. The hot dogs are so much more scrumptious than at any of their sad franchises. Is it the smell of the sea in your nostrils and the sun beating down that makes them so delicious, heaped with kraut and thick grainy mustard?

But now we have Feltman’s. With much fanfare, a branch opened on St. Marks Place last year and more recently on Surf Avenue, a few blocks east of Nathan’s. Nathan Handwerker, the “Nathan” of Nathan’s, was a boardwalk vendor for Charles Feltman, who opened his stand in 1870, 46 years before Handwerker opened his. Feltman is sometimes credited with inventing the hot dog as we know it, even though the name suggests an antecedent in Frankfurt, Germany.

Find it yourself…

 

A meal in Chinatown.

Best Chinatown restaurants

There’s no question that Manhattan’s Chinatown is changing. Yet amid fierce competition as a dining destination from Flushing and Sunset Park, Manhattan’s Chinatown remains one step ahead. The food scene between Lafayette and Allen is transforming, with a host of new restaurants adding chickpea guacamole and açai bowls to the neighborhood’s traditional roster of dim sum, hand-pulled noodles, and seafood.

In crumbling alleys and storied nooks, you’ll still find buckets of that greasy, old-school charm — but now there’s much else besides. Featuring a traditional dim sum parlor, a Japanese poke shop, and a hole-in-the-wall noodle joint, these are the best places to eat in Chinatown. The best restaurants.

Enjoy the best food.

The best food in Green Point

In Green Point, real estate is evenly split between Polish-Catholics and the cast of Lena Dunham’s Girls. You’ll walk past mom-and-pop butcher shops and Eastern European bakeries right beside minimalist cocktail bars boasting negroni fountains. The neighborhood weaves Park Slope tropes (quiet tree-lined streets; frenetic public school playgrounds) with Williamsburg vibes (too-trendy 20-somethings toting vintage bikes) into its own unique tapestry. Amid the school buildings and farmhouse-inspired cafes, the heart of the area’s Polish history still beats loudly — old-timers and newcomers alike prize the beautiful churches, authentic meat markets, and friendly neighborhood grocers.

Know the best restaurants.

The lovely Central Park.

11 reasons you must visit Central Park

Covering an impressive 843 acres, Central Park in Manhattan is one of the most iconic urban parks in the world. In fact, if you are planning a trip to New York City, it is probably on your bucket list. If it isn’t, take out your itinerary and rearrange your schedule.  Seriously—do it.  You don’t want to miss out on Central Park.  It could very well end up being the most exciting part of your entire trip.  Here are just a few reasons why.

Vintage clothes.

Brooklyn, a great place to go shopping

Brooklyn is a terrific place to go shopping. It’s a very different experience from both Manhattan’s SoHo or Fifth Avenue, and in a different league from suburban shopping. As it’s not always obvious where to go for what kinds of things—and Brooklyn’s always changing—here’s a quick run-down of places to look for specific types of shopping experiences. Know it all.

An old pic from Little Italy.

Little Italy, a piece of Italy in New York City

The origins of Little Italy in New York City are simultaneously shrouded in the past and rooted in the present. Originally located as a large 30 block section of the Lower East Side, Little Italy has now shrunk to only a couple of blocks sequestered around Mulberry Street.

Although waves of immigration from Italian shores created what we now deem Little Italy, the streets in between Worth Street and Houston Street originally sheltered Lenape tribes, Dutch settlers, and everyone else who called those streets home. The complete history. You can go there from JFK Airport.

 

 

Hidden attractions in NYC.

20 underground and secret New York City attractions to check out

While visiting the major, most popular attractions of New York City can be fun, it can also be stressful, overwhelming and full of selfie-taking tourists. However, the great thing about the Big Apple is that plenty of other attractions exist that are far less known or even hidden in plain sight. To go beyond the tourist-filled sites and tour the city like you’re seeing it for the very first time, check out 6sqft’s list ahead of the 20 best underground, secret spots in New York City.

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