After one of our enormous breakfasts, we headed over to Brooklyn to visit a friend who works there (she works for Etsy, and gave us a tour of their offices, which are the best you'd probably ever see! So green and creative and friendly) - and of course, had to take advantage of that famous Brooklyn Bridge. Off we marched with our fellow tourists, some locals on their bikes or going for a run, and it was windy and wonderful. The urban views are so iconic, and the walk itself is just the right amount - I think it maybe took us about 20 minutes in total, including stopping multiple times for photos. At the end, there was a guy selling charcoal and pencil prints of various NYC scenes, and E immediately spotted one that he loved and had bought one for $10 in a blink of an eye. Quite unusual for him, but I have to admit that I thoroughly approved of his pick - it will be framed soon!
Once you arrive in Brooklyn, there is a fairly new park area, the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was lovely and peaceful the day we went, with some great views of Manhattan's skyline. We didn't have a whole lot of time to explore this area more - just another thing to add to the list for next time! What we saw of the Dumbo area of Brooklyn was pretty similar to Manhattan, as it's pretty trendy and lined with boutique stores, but I realise that Brooklyn is huge and we didn't see as much of it as we would have liked to.
E and I both love Friends the TV show (I'm sure I've mentioned that already...) and re-watch random episodes often, and every time they show a clip of the view of Manhattan from Brooklyn, I squeal a little inside - "I walked on that bridge!! I was there!!". I have a feeling the magic of NYC won't leave me for a very long time, if ever.