nycdc trip day 01: exploring around Williamsburg

Very long subway ride to Williamsburg from Jamaica station. It was too early for many shops to open yet. Walked a little bit along the Williamsburg Bridge; there were a lot of runners there, nice to see.

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Walked up Bedford Ave, saw a mix of restaurants, small shops and older laundrette type places. One of the most crowded places was The Bagel Store with a long line for ordering and people crowded around the counter waiting for their order. Their speciality looked like to be rainbow bagels, which they describe as bagel art. I opted for something called cragel, or half bagel half croissant. Had it with blueberry cream cheese. It was heavier than a croissant and less chewy than a bagel. I opted for cinnamon which was the overwhelming flavour. Quite nice, though I guess I should have had a plain bagel instead.


Took the subway to Prospect Park. The subway was more convoluted than I remembered and took a long time because of all the changes and the infrequent sunday service. Grand Army Plaza is located at NW side of the park, very impressive, almost Paris like.


Friends had recommended the Brooklyn Museum. Didn’t go inside, just visited the shop and the loo. Not much of an art person, and I was too tired and hungry to have appreciated anything.

Another friend had recommended smorgsburg inside the park. I walked the wrong way and had to find a map so it took longer to get to than expected. It wasn’t really a flea market as described on their website, 99% were food stalls so it was more like a street food event. Which was perfect. Tons of choices: burgers, barbeque, noodles, pizza, and more.


I was tempted by the many barbeque places, but ultimately went for the lobster roll. There was a beer garden so I found a seat at the garden benches, got a beer. I didn’t know whether I was hungry, tired or feeling grotty (still wearing flight clothes) and a lobster roll and a cool white beer helped a lot.


Williamsburg is supposed to be full of hipsters. Most people I saw today were regular people, though it was possible to see some were more affluent than others. And there were obvious hipsters, yes. Like the beer guy.

Thought about getting a brisket sandwich or arepa to take away back to the hotel but decided against it. The ride back to the hotel was again a long subway journey with lots of waiting. Good thing there were plenty of seats, probably did 2-3hrs of walking today.Got back to the hotel at 4.30pm, and was finally able to brush my teeth and shower. Nothing nearby, but apparently I could order delivery. Too tired even for that, got some doritos from the vending machine, ate a cereal bar and fell asleep at 6pm.