Arrived in Brooklyn, we crossed the Dumbo area and had an amazing slice of pizza at the Front Street Pizza joint. Then we headed to the Brooklyn Heights promenade, which offers amazing views of Manhattan. Here you can also take the water taxi to various places (tickets can be bought at the ticketing machines at the promenade).
Walk the promenade passed the area with the different sport facilities right next to the water and a small park, then go up to Brooklyn Heights and walk around in the streets there, which immediately give another vibe and feel of New York City.
And then we still had about 4 hours to kill before midnight and the New Year’s celebrations took place. We didn’t want to go to Times Square as you have to wait in line in the cold for at least 12 to 16 hours, can’t go to the bathroom and have to take your own (limited) food (no backpacks allowed). Another option we explored was the Midnight Run in Central Park, but as that didn’t look to practical, we opted for our last option: a tour to the Brooklyn bridge from where you can see the fireworks at the count of midnight. Tour is offered by NYC Walks and the tour as such was good; we learned some interesting stuff. But what happens at midnight is a bummer. We only saw fireworks from Coney Island, which is pretty far away. There’s also no real countdown as they do at Times Square, so you hear several groups counting down and then it’s waiting for the fireworks… in vein… Also, there’s a lot of people there. Maybe naïve from my end, but I didn’t expect these crowds – wasn’t everyone going to Times Square? So after the disappointing midnight non-spectacle, it took like forever to get back off the bridge and head to the subway, which was of course ramped with people all making their way back.
Tips we want to share
• Make sure to take the right side of the Manhattan bridge, assigned to pedestrians. The other side is for bikes
• The Across the street place is packed with people – as soon as you enter, make sure to divide and conquer: one does the ordering, while the other stands on the lookout for a place to sit. The meat lovers and taco pizza are delicious. One (big!) slice will do