Outdoors + Nature

Escape from New York

by Concierge.com Staff

Walk to Brooklyn, New York

Escape route: Brave the morning subway ride to City Hall and make a beeline for the Brooklyn Bridge's wooden footpath; once you pass under the second arch, look for the stairwell (on your left) that leads to the underpass where the Brooklyn neighborhoods of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights meet.

Make a day of it: Discover some deep-breathing opportunities along Brooklyn's waterfront. From the Brooklyn Bridge, head south through the gardens of Cadman Plaza Park, then west past the Victorian row houses and brownstones lining Middagh Street to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a terraced park overlooking the East River. Can't get enough of those stunning Manhattan views? Stop for lunch at the River Café, where the highlight is a toss-up between the location (on the water—literally—facing the skyline) and the new American menu. Save room for an ice cream cone from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, take a spin through Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 (one of the city's newest green spaces), and then detour through DUMBO's art galleries and boutiques. Head back to the river in time to catch the sunset at the Main Street Lot park.

Perfect ending: Mingle with the locals at DUMBO's ReBar, a former factory turned arty lounge with an extensive list of European wines by the glass and Belgian Trappist ales. When it's time to head home, walk to nearby Pier 1 and grab a water taxi back to Manhattan.—Douglas Wright

The River Café
1 Water Street
Tel: 718 522 5200

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
1 Water Street
Tel: 718 246 3963

147 Front Street
Tel: 718 797 2322

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