Ahhh. New York in the summertime. Occasionally it is too hot and humid to comfortably spend much time outside, but most days are practically perfect for leisurely strolls under the sun. If you’re visiting Brooklyn during the summer months and would like to spend as much time outdoors as possible, explore the borough by foot. Here are five walks we recommend in neighborhoods easily accessible from the NU Hotel in Central Brooklyn.
Alright, this one isn’t a neighborhood walk. But crossing the storied Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic Brooklyn experience. It’s also a great way to start or finish off a day of sightseeing in Lower Manhattan. If you’re starting the walk from Brooklyn, take the stairs up from Cadman Plaza East. If you’re walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn, you can access the bridge at Centre Street near New York City Hall.
Most New Yorkers consider Brooklyn Heights one of the neighborhood’s most attractive neighborhoods, and a walk through the Brooklyn Heights Historic District is all it takes to see why. Make your way to the north end of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, walk the length of the promenade to Montague Street. Once you hit Columbus Park, walk back toward the promenade on Pierrepont Street to Willow Street. Walk north until you hit the house where Truman Capote lived at 70 Willow. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is a 20-minute walk from the NU Hotel.
Just north of Brooklyn Heights sits the charming and compact DUMBO neighborhood. DUMBO is known for its impressive architecture and views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and Lower Manhattan skyline. To explore this neighborhood, we recommend starting at the subway stop on the corner of Jay Street and York Street. Walk toward the water until you hit Plymouth, then head west one block to Pearl Street. Turn left on cobblestoned Pearl Street until you hit the Manhattan Bridge. Admire the bridge’s design and construction as you pass under its arches, and then head west on Front Street to Washington Street. Hang a right toward the water, and walk until you hit Empire Fulton Ferry State Park. Then, leisurely explore the myriad attractions at Brooklyn Bridge Park until you’re ready to call it a day.
When you think of Brooklyn brownstones, the image that comes to mind probably looks like a Fort Greene neighborhood block. Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Place and Washington Avenue is home to some of Brooklyn’s most impressive brownstone homes. Be sure to check it out, as well as the same stretch one block north on DeKalb Avenue. Hilly, historic Fort Greene Park, accessible from DeKalb, is also a must-see.
Southwest of Carroll Gardens, Red Hook is a waterfront neighborhood that still feels industrial in parts but has an undeniable charm. Start at Coffey Park before walking west to Van Brunt Street and heading south. Van Brunt between Verona and Beard Streets has loads of dining and drinking options, like Baked, Brooklyn Ice House, Home/Made, and Hope & Anchor. The Waterfront Museum and the waterfront area around it are also worth checking in. As you explore the neighborhood, you’ll pass several excellent vantage points for viewing Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.