As someone who loves pizza, it was really fun to interview Michael Wasserman of Michael W Travels about Brooklyn, New York. Michael’s tips for the best things to do in Brooklyn were great because there is so much to do in New York City beyond Times Square and Manhattan. He has lived in the area all of his life and knows where to find the best pizza and burgers in town.
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn is often overlooked by visitors to New York City, but it has a character and personality all its own. With about 2.7 million citizens, it is the most populous borough of New York City. Brooklyn is the home of Coney Island amusement park and the 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. There’s so much more to do in Brooklyn and much of our interview centers around the amazing food of Brooklyn.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Explore Brooklyn, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. While visiting New York, CityPass will save 41% at six of the most popular attractions.
Getting around Brooklyn
There are three major airports to choose from in the New York area – JFK, La Guardia, and Newark. JFK and LGA are in Queens and are the closest to Brooklyn. Whereas Newark is across the river from Manhattan in New Jersey.
Michael says that there’s no need to rent a car in New York. Public transportation is widespread and fairly inexpensive. Many locals don’t own a car, and, if they do, they don’t use them on a daily basis. Cabs are a way of life in New York. Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around.
Brooklyn and New York City are very walkable. And there’s always Citi Bike if you want to ride a bike around town.
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Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Michael Wasserman about Brooklyn, New York. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Brooklyn, New York
- Green dots = best things to do in Brooklyn, New York
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Brooklyn, New York
Who is Michael Wasserman?
Michael Wasserman is a fellow travel blogger on Boarding Area. By day, Michael is a special education teacher in Brooklyn, New York. His site Michael W Travels focuses on traveling with his children and inspiring other dads to do the same.
I love traveling with my kids, but Michael is an inspiration. I travel a lot, but young children have way more passport stamps that I do.
He also writes about the amazing food that he finds in his hometown of Brooklyn and all of the places that he travels to around the world. My mouth waters every time I see his pictures and read his blog posts.
Here are a few articles that he’s written:
- Food Review: The Cheeseburger (& Wings) at Old Town Bar in NYC
- Win A Trip For Four To Walt Disney World or 1/20 $500 Gift Cards!
- Generator Hostel Barcelona, A Solid Family-Friendly Option!
As you can tell, his writing is primarily about food, contests, and family-friendly travel options.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Tim and Amy Rutherford of Go With Less share where to eat a meal from a 3-star Michelin chef for less than $40 in Budapest, Hungary. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
What’s your favorite part of Brooklyn, New York? Let us know in the comment section below or continue the discussion in our Facebook group!
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