Summer in the City: A Brooklyn Field Trip

[This summer a dream internship with Lucky magazine moved me from Austin, Texas, where I’ve spent all 21 years of my life, to New York City for the summer. Come along for the ride and follow me through this column as I take on all that the city has in store for me. I’ll share tips I’ve picked up along the way about everything from how to pack (stop, drop and roll people!) to dating to fitting in (or standing out) and so much more.]

Go To Brooklyn…Because All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

Coming from Austin, where hipster kids love to roam the streets on their bikes, wearing their most vintage pearl-snap button-downs and jorts and listening to the best bands are ones no one has ever heard of, I knew Brooklyn would be a little taste of home. Sure Brooklyn is hipster, but it’s also beautiful, vibrant and perfectly laid-back.

Here’s my perfect Saturday in Brooklyn:

Tip #25 – Start off at a Brooklyn Flea market.

If you’re heading out to Hipsterville on a weekend, you’re in luck! Brooklyn Flea will be in full swing in Fort Greene and Williamsburg. If sifting through vintage sunglasses and endless piles of shabby chic mason jars is your thing, head to Fort Greene flea anytime from 10 am- 5 pm but if walking through piles of old stuff makes you feel like you’re at Grandma’s, head to Smorgasboard in Williamsburg for the all-food version of the flea market. At Smorgasboard, foodies rejoice as they indulge in Rhubarb hand-shaved ice cups, Asian-fusion hot dogs and so much more.

Tip #26 – Hit up the Brooklyn Brewery…and maybe get a little drunk.

Tours at the Brooklyn Brewery are free on Saturdays and happen on the hour from 1 pm to 5 pm. Since weekends tend to be busy for the brewery, you might have to wait around if the first tour you planned on taking fills up before you get there. It’s a good thing there’s plenty to do, ahem, drink there. While you’re there be sure try my personal favorite, Brooklyn Pilsner.

Tip #27 – Smith Street is you credit card’s worst enemy but it’s adorable.

Serious shoppers are at home on Smith Street. The street is full of boutiques and shoe stores to die for, not to mention tons of restaurants with patios in the back. Robin des Bois is a great French restaurant with an adorable outdoor patio that transports you to a chic French backyard. The baked Manchego cheese is a must-have appetizer and the brunch is amazing as well. You haven’t eaten in Brooklyn until you’ve eaten outdoors.

Tip #28 – Walk the Brooklyn Bridge.

Hit the promenade on Brooklyn’s waterfront and take in the breathtaking views of Manhattan at the end of the day, while the city lights twinkle against a dimming sky. Walk the bridge back to the city and stop along the way to for great photo ops. The walk takes about 30 minutes and takes you right to City Hall park. You can also walk a few blocks over and catch the opposite view of the river and Brooklyn from Manhattan’s side at the South Street Seaport.

Get the first 24 tips for living it up in the city right here!

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