SmartTRAVEL: Brooklyn, New York

Take time off from the swashbuckling sights of the US Open and visit some spectacular sites in and around the tennis venues

SmartTRAVEL: Brooklyn, New York
What to SEE

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Those searching for a little peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours at the botanical garden. Laid out over 52 acres —which abuts the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park — was founded in 1910 and features hundreds of types of flora. Each spring, crowds descend on the space for the Sakura Matsuri Festival, during which hundreds of trees bloom along the Cherry Esplanade.

Brooklyn Museum

Among the museum’s many assets is a 4,000-piece Egyptian collection, which includes a gilded-ebony statue of Amenhotep III and, on the ceiling, a large-scale rendering of an ancient map of the cosmos, as well as a mummy preserved in its original coffin. Masterworks by Cézanne, Monet and Degas, part of an European collection, are displayed in the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court.

Coney Island

This New York City neighbourhood features an amusement area that includes 50 or more separate rides and attractions. Its beachfront is busy all summer long, as crowds upward of 10,000 a day throng the beaches and boardwalk. Locals and tourists flock to the thrill rides that line the boardwalk from the legendary two-minute wood-track Cyclone Rollercoaster to the double-ring Wonder Wheel.

Where to EAT

The River Café

Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this laid back fine dining restaurant has, since 1977, been a favourite destination for New Yorkers for brunch, lunch or dinner. Try the crisp duck egg, mushroom wellington, arugula salad, fresh truffle omelette for a quick meal.

Where to SHOP

Brooklyn Flea

Vendors at this arty but affordable marketplace of antique stalls sell vintage furniture, clothing, timepieces, artwork and more. From November to April, it takes place at the Skylight One Hanson, while from April to November, it shifts to open spaces in Fort Greene and Williamsburg.

THE PICK: Brooklyn Bridge

When it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was a feat of engineering: it was the first structure to cross the East River and, at the time, the longest suspension bridge in the world. Now it attracts tourists and locals, who enjoy views of lower Manhattan and other city landmarks as they stroll its more-than-mile-long expanse.

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