The Real ‘Heart of New York’: Part III, Brooklyn

3. Brooklyn: Next stop – Brooklyn. Look familiar? Sex and The City fans may remember this from the Sex and The City movie where Miranda and Steve reunite the love for one another. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. A beautiful view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and New York’s lady Liberty can be seen from the bridge.

Planning a family trip to New York during the Summer? Take the family to Coney Island! Ride the Cyclone, grab a Nathan’s hot dog and visit the Coney Island Museum along the boardwalk of Surf Avenue. The Cyclone is Coney Island’s great little roller coaster that has been running since 1927. After taking a whirl on this historic wooden roller coaster, take a tour around The Coney Island Museum. The museum has dedicated itself to the history of Coney Island with carnival props and fun facts about the great boardwalk and how it came to be.

Coney Island is also home to The New York Aquarium. The aquarium offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits with over 8,000 animals. The New York Aquarium strives to educate visitors about aquatic ecosystems and encourage visitors to support their preservation. From touch pools to penguin feedings, this aquarium has much to offer for families, friends and visitors all around.

Stop at Güllüoğlu’s for some delicious baklava. Located on 1985 Coney Island Avenue, this modernized Istanbul bakery offers 12 different types of baklava, puddings and delectable Turkish cuisine.

If you’re looking for a trip back into the 1980’s with Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde and a pint of Sixpoint Apollo Wheat draft in your hand – BARCADE is the spot for you. A huge warehouse-like space filled with games such as Galaga, Ms Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Centipede and a large bar keeps more than 20 beers on tap. Behind the bar is a giant chalkboard listing the varieties of beer (and wine) and ever-changing menus with details of what brewsky is available. Slim wooden counters between the games serve as a place to stash your pint. The music sets the 80’s mood playing indie, pop and rock such as Aswad, Blondie, Journey and many more. BARCADE is located on 388 Union Avenue.

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