Did you know that at Duane Street we have bikes available to borrow—for free? Another fun fact you may not have known: our neighborhood Tribeca is actually very close to the best parts of Brooklyn. Using these fun facts as a launching board, we’ve put together a full itinerary for you to get the most out of this ‘hipster’ mode of transport from Downtown to BK.
Coffee at Kaffe 1668
A hipster wouldn’t be caught dead in a Starbucks. Start out the day with a flat white or a green juice at Kaffe 1668, a Scandinavian-owned coffee shop just a few blocks from the Duane Street Hotel. This intimate cafe with long wood tables serves single-origin coffees, cold-pressed juices & light fare. Perfect for a pre-biking breakfast.
275 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007
Bike Across the Bridge
Once you’re fueled up, grab our complimentary bikes, and head across the Brooklyn Bridge! Without any stopping, this takes about 20-25 minutes. However, you’re definitely going to want to stop, walk a bit, and take some epic pictures.
A Few Helpful Notes
The Manhattan entrance is easy to find, but hard to get to if you aren’t used to riding in traffic. It’s directly across from City Hall at Park Row and Centre Streets.
The best thing to do, if you are nervous, is dismount and walk from the corner of Centre and Chambers Streets to the pedestrian entrance. The pathway across the bridge is separated into two distinct lanes; the southern lane (on the right if you are coming from Manhattan) is for pedestrians, the northern lane for cyclists. These are clearly marked with icons, but are largely ignored by tourists who don’t know any better. It can get crowded on the bridge so you’ll need to keep an eye out.
Lunch at the Brooklyn Flea in Downtown Brooklyn
This seasonal alfresco market in Fort Greene is the heart-and-soul of hipster Brooklyn. A large-scale venue for browsing vintage clothing, furniture and jewelry and all manner of quirky knickknacks made by local artisans. It also has the best concentration of food stands in town. Gorging on lunch from multiple top-notch food vendors like Mighty Quinns BBQ adds to the overall experience.
*Brooklyn Flea is only open on weekends, so try other Downtown Brooklyn favorites like Talde, Yemen Cafe, or Mile End Delicatessen on weekdays.
When you’ve shopped and eaten your fill, go check out some wild art in the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook. Google maps directions here:
Pioneer Works is a soaring art gallery, workspace, performance center, and event venue. Catch a photo exhibit, look into the resident artist studios and the amazing variety of work being done. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful back garden, complete with a fire pit. Entry to Pioneer Works’ main exhibition space and artist-in-residence studios are free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. At all times, it serves as a sort of cooperative artist co-working space—in other words, a hipster’s heaven.
All that art make you hungry? Have your dessert before dinner, because hipsters love to do things in unconventional ways. A quick 2-minute bike ride or 8-minute walk from Pioneer Works is the most delicious Key-lime pie you’ll ever eat. Steve’s is a family-owned business that takes pride in making each handmade creation as fresh as can be, and you can taste it (the graham-cracker crust… amazing). Devour a mini pie at the shop, and if that’s not enough, try the Swingle, which takes the Key-lime pie to a higher level by dipping it in chocolate.
Just in time to catch the sunset, amble over to the pier at the Louis Valentino Junior Park (right next door to the pies). Sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor make this the most attractive place in all of Red Hook. It’s a charming little spot by day and a romantic waterfront scene by night. Colorful graffiti murals greet you as you walk into the park. Just stroll to the end of the pier for the cool breeze and some of the best sights in New York City.
What’s more hipster than Sriracha hot wings, queso mac n’cheese and washing it all down with an American whiskey? To end your day, walk 5 minutes (or hop back on that bike!) from the pier over to Hometown Bar-B-Que. There are two bars with beers on tap, a variety of American whiskeys, and local wines. If you find a long line, trust us, it’s worth the wait. Succulent beef brisket, lamb belly and jerk baby back ribs await you. Plus, there’s live music on weekends.
Though it would be oh-so very hipster of you to tipsy-ride your bike all the way back to the hotel, it’s been a looong day (and we’re not much for the drinking and biking combo). Grab an Uber SUV, throw those bikes in the back, and enjoy a smooth ride back to Duane Street. You’ve earned it.