Have you guys visited Brooklyn in the fall? No? You’re missing out! During spring in Brooklyn, it seems as if my eyes open a tad more. During summer, I feel this nagging urge to discover and re-discover every nook and cranny of this place I call home. And fall, fall is full of calm and ease. It’s hard to explain, but you’ll feel it when walking the weirdly abandoned streets, and frequenting the busy cafes. Fall in Brooklyn should not be missed, but somehow, it seems as if it always is.
Against my better judgement, I’m going to give you all a few reasons why you need to make your way here…like yesterday, and a few places to visit during your stay as well.
Picnic in Prospect Park
First thing you should note about Brooklyn in the fall, there’s no time to waste. Run out and enjoy every waking moment. New Yorker’s usually feel the winter slowly leak into their bones on the first day of October, so the eagerness runs deep. Prospect Park is a great place to pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air.
Bike over the Brooklyn Bridge
I find that many do this in the heat of summer, but it’s ten times more enjoyable in the fall. If you didn’t pack your bike, don’t you fret. There are Citi Bikes ready for you to rent for a few hours. They have easy drop off locations all over New York City.
Eat at Bakeri (Greenpoint)
Bakeri is one of the most photographed places on Instagram, and I don’t blame anyone for snapping away. It’s cozy, with open doors most of the time, cute bistro tables, and some of the best bread I’ve had in like…forever!
Walk through the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
I’m happy I prefaced this post with thoughts on going out all the time because most of my suggestions are outdoors. Everything is so beautiful, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is a sight for sore eyes. FYI, it’s free on Tuesdays.
Shop for fresh produce at Fort Greene Green Market
When I think of fall, I think of cooking up a storm in my tiny kitchen. Food packed with flavor and slow cooking is customary- even for visitors. Skip the restaurants, and spend a Saturday at Fort Greene Farmers Market, only to make a meal in a cozy weekend rental.
My husband and I have an ongoing debate about this pie place. He is steadfast on Pie-n-Thighs. You can come and choose for yourself, but I also suggest ordering the grits at Pies-n-Thighs, too. Yum!
Take in city views at The Farm On Kent
This little farm, which used to be a vacant lot up until recently, is outfitted with a skate park and sustainably-grown produce and boasts gorgeous city views. It’s still pretty under the radar, making it the perfect afternoon retreat this fall.
Purchase a dusty favorite at Unnameable Bookstore
This bookstore is full of dusty books that smell divine. You can find practically anything your heart desires in the stacks- if you’re willing to search for it.
Fall is the perfect time to head into Bushwhick and admire all the art that covers the buildings. It’s all so inspiring and intriguing and feels a bit like a movie set.
I feel like a real salesperson. But really, I’m hoping you’ve decided to come visit before it cools down too much around here. Bring layers, a few pairs of comfortable shoes, and room for all the delicious coffee you can handle. Every coffee shop screams: “Come on in!” these days. Most of all, bring a fresh new set of eyes and a relaxed heart because the natural beauty this borough is boasting right about now is heartwarming, calming and so welcomed. Enjoy Brooklyn, friends! xo. LaTonya