Hear about travel to the borough of Brooklyn in New York City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica Festa from jessieonajourney.com who used to live in the city and still leads tours there.
Jessica is originally from Long Island and lived in Brooklyn for 5 years. She is in Brooklyn almost every day. She says it is “still where I tend to go when I want to go out to eat or when I want to go out at night. It’s a very special place for me. When wandering around Brooklyn, it has this feeling of being a very neighborhoody. It’s got an amazing mix of authentic cultures. It has a lot of creativity and honestly when I’m looking for something really offbeat or different I head to Brooklyn.”
Jessica takes us on a tour of a number of neighborhoods in Brooklyn including Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Carroll Gardens, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge. But you might be very surprised by what she doesn’t recommend.
Along the way, we talk quite a lot about food as Jessica leads food tours in Brooklyn. We talk about why the pizza place you’ve heard of might not the best one to go to, what the best rooftop bar is currently, where you can find a Jewish deli, a Syrian bakery or a classically great steak place.
We talked about street art in Bushwick, which Jessica’s father finally did forgive her for moving. We talk about a bowling alley with concerts, a “yacht club” without any boats, experimental theatre, clubs with friendly doormen, and a stinky cheese shop.
We talk about the brewing history, a secret subway ride, and where the American Revolution nearly ended… badly.
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This is a borough where the welcome signs literally say “Home To Everyone From Everywhere!” and “Like No Other Place in the World!” (and their now exiting signs say “Fuhgeddaboudit”). Come find out things to do in Brooklyn.
Monk Vintage Thrift Shop
Nitehawk Cinema – Williamsburg
Brewer’s Row, A History of Breweries in Bushwick
The Well Brooklyn
The Bushwick Collective
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Atlantic Avenue (New York City)
Wythe Hotel (rooftop bar)
Peter Luger Steakhouse
Williamsburg’s Secret Beach
artists & fleas
Baked in Brooklyn
Karczma Polish Restaurant
Northern Territory roof top bar
The Brooklyn Barge
Son of Bushwick Turns the Neighborhood Into a Gallery for Street Art
The Bushwick Starr
House of Yes
Kings County Brewers Collective – KCBC Brewery
Interboro Spirits and Ales
Braven Brewing Company
fine & raw chocolate
Battle of Long Island
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Shelsky’s of Brooklyn
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
Kossar’s Bakery & Deli (Manhattan)
New York Transit Museum
Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop
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Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Gowanus Yacht Club
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Bushwick Collective Block Party
The League of Kitchens
Borough Park, Brooklyn
L & B Spumoni Gardens
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Robin on Costa Rica Travel
I started listening to Amateur Traveler about a year ago and regularly listen to back episodes just for fun. I really enjoy the diversity of the places you cover.
As we were planning a family trip with our young adult children to Costa Rica for this past January my husband and I listened to both of your episodes on Costa Rica. We particularly found the episode from your trip to be very helpful.
Like you we had a fantastic white water rafting trip on the Pacuare River – and I can’t say enough about our tour company – Tico’s River Adventures. A smaller company – more personal service – and expert guides. In addition to a couple of nights in Monteverde, we went to the Arenal Volcano area. While it was too cloudy and rainy to see the volcano, the hot springs were well worth it.
And lastly, based on your recommendation we went to Santa Teresa. What an adventure. While the dust from the dirt roads may discourage many, the beach was fantastic, we played in the surf like never before, and can’t say enough about the excellent food we found there – particularly are The Bakery and the Taco Stand.
Thank you for your great podcast that spurred a wonderful family adventure.
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