Sunday 24 September 2017

24 hours in Brooklyn: A perfect day in New York's hipster heartland

American holidays

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline
Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline
Brooklyn Flea Market
Pies'n'Thighs, Williamsburg
Wythe Hotel Brooklyn

Nicola Brady

NYC's hipster borough is the business, says Nicola Brady.

10am: Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

If you're after an iconic New York moment, there's only one way to get to Brooklyn. You'll have to dodge the selfie sticks, but a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge is a real bucket list walk. Look back, and you'll be treated to gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. Finish up in the relatively new Brooklyn Bridge Park, where the fabulous views continue. You'll also find food stalls, a vintage carousel and open-air movies in the summer.

How: Begin your walk at City Hall in Manhattan.

2pm: Brooklyn Flea Market

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Brooklyn Flea Market

Looking for antique fripperies, vintage clothing or classic vinyl? You'll be in heaven at the Brooklyn Flea Market. With outdoor locations in the summer, and an indoor spot in the winter, the market runs every weekend throughout the year. There's a food market too, Smorgasburg, with over 100 vendors ranging from handmade whoopie pies to tacos, wursts, po'boys and hipster ice-pops. If you can't satisfy your hunger there, you won't satisfy it anywhere.

How: brooklynflea.com/smorgasburg.com.

5pm: Kick back in Williamsburg

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Pies'n'Thighs, Williamsburg

Twirl your moustache and hop on a Penny Farthing on a jaunt to the hipster motherland of Williamsburg. Where hipsters abound, so do quirky shops, excellent coffee and the coolest dive bars. Try Catbird for delicate gold jewellery - favoured by Lena Dunham and handmade in Brooklyn. Pop into the ultimate comfort food joint Pies 'n' Thighs for the impeccable name alone (though the Insane Burger, with egg, bacon and pickles, is pretty tempting too).

How: catbirdnyc.com; piesnthighs.com

8pm: Big it up at BAM

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Wythe Hotel Brooklyn

Finish your day in this brilliant borough with a spot of culture at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Whether you fancy dance, theatre or music, there'll be a show to fit the bill. Cinephiles will be kept happy with the mix of arthouse and new releases in the cinema. Afterwards, stay in the ultra-hip Wythe Hotel, set in a refurbished factory on the waterfront.

How: bam.org; wythehotel.com (rates from $300/€274)

Fly to New York with Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com). More info at nycgo.com.

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