Our first thought, Brooklyn, is enormous – like you could have a week in just this borough, and you would still have so much more to see. And it’s incredibly diverse. It’s a borough that really does bring together people from all walks of life. Here’s how we explored Brooklyn as queer people.
The Williamsburg Hotel was our base – and what an excellent base hotel it was! Honestly, you could easily spend a few days at the hotel without needing to venture out!
We stayed in the Skyline Suite – a suite fit for a honeymoon [or proposal, we’ll plant that little seed if you’re still waiting or planning]. The floor to ceiling views over the Hudson River and Manhattan, we’ve never had a bath [or a couples shower] quite so fancy!
Upstairs you’ll find a Rooftop Bar and Pool – a rare thing to see in the middle of New York! Floating around and enjoying those views is the perfect way to unwind. If you’re looking for something a little more ‘cozy’ downstairs by the fireplace at The Hotel Bar, it might just be the perfect space.
Eat your way around
Holey Guacamole, the food around Brooklyn, is as diverse [and delicious] as the people! It might be a Mexican food truck, hot dogs with house-made root beer, a hipster pizza bar, or Michelin star restaurant the streets of Brooklyn have you covered.
Spend time exploring thrift shops and flea markets
L Train Vintage is a must stop, but don’t let it be the only thrift shop you stop by! Keep an eye out for them as you walk the streets. You never know what treasure you might find.
Immerse yourself in art
If art galleries are your scene, you’re in the right borough. A.I.R. is one of the oldest in the area and is a gallery with a feminist approach [it was actually one of the first female-led galleries dedicated to women in the U.S.A]. If you love exploring young emerging artists, drop by Motel, a gallery and project space that celebrates just that.
Quick note; don’t be afraid to open doors and explore smaller galleries that are often hidden. You might just stumble upon the next Banksy.
One word, nightlife
Whether you’re a dance floor veteran or you consider yourself more of a ‘cocktail, and in bed before midnight’ kind of person, there is something for you in Brooklyn.
House of Yes is one of those places that you need to visit once in your life – it can be an unforgettable experience. We saw a variety show, but House of Yes is home to so much more; think aerial circus shows with a hint of something a little dirty, rollerskate parties, burlesque, and everything [and anything] in between.
If you’re after a drag show or somewhere with some excellent D.J. sets to end your night, 3 Dollar Bill is a tucked away, cobblestone floored gem. Also, there’s a Mexican kitchen out the back, and we honestly don’t think you can go wrong with that!
Happy exploring – this borough really is a must-see!