“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Diehard Manhattanites who kvetch about crossing a bridge learn the error of their ways in Brooklyn Heights. These tree-lined streets are a study in 19th century New York architectural flair, including the 1880 Queen Anne that now houses the Brooklyn Historical Society. Nothing takes the edge off a New York summer like Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory's chocolate chunk with caramel sauce, enjoyed in the shade of the Brooklyn Bridge. The best sunset views of Manhattan are along Brooklyn Heights Promenade, but there's plenty of native Brooklyn quirk here too. When you need a beard trim and Yemeni lamb, look no further than the Brooklyn Heights brownstone housing Atlantic Barber/Yemeni Caf. Montague Street fashion boutiques deliver looks that travel easily uptown, downtown and upstate. Stop by New York Transit Museum to pose in vintage subway cars and hear hair-raising stories of building subway tunnels under the East River—though you may want to forget that on your subway ride back to Manhattan.