Flytographer's Local Guide: What to Eat, See & Do in Brooklyn

Falcon is one of our fabulous Flytographers based in NYC. She is passionate about health, travel and fashion, is a mega talented photographer AND runs her own fashion label! So, who better to get the lowdown on the best Brooklyn has to offer? Here is Falcon’s guide to everything awesome in Brooklyn.

EAT

Riverdel Cheese Shop - “Since I’ve gone vegan two and a half years ago, one of the things I’ve missed the most is artisanal cheese. I discovered Riverdel this year and it’s been a miracle! They offer a variety of artisanal vegan cheese (my favourite being Cheezehound’s fresh mozzarella), gourmet foods and amazing made-to-order sandwiches."

Paulie Gee’s - “This is one of my most favourite recent discoveries. I love that I can bring my friends here and also have a full vegan menu (including desserts!). There’s always a long line so we like to put our name down and grab a drink down the street while we wait for a seat. My favourite pizza is the In Ricotta Da Vegan made with homemade ‘ricotta’ and ‘sausage.’”

Smorgasburg - “The Chickpea and Olive Phatty Beet Burger at Smorgasburg is hands down the best veggie burger I’ve ever tried. It’s so good I’ll often think about the next time I can eat it!”

SEE

Red Hook neighbourhood - “Red Hook is a place I love to bring friends who are visiting from out of town. Walking through the streets is a wonderful experience, it’s a very tight-knit community, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and I love how many local shops are still thriving like dive bar Bait and Tackle (where my boyfriend’s band The Junkie Twins will often perform), Steve’s Key Lime Pie and Red Hook Winery. I even love some of the newer establishments such as Brooklyn Crab (I live for their vegan crab cakes) and Hometown BBQ (I love their killer drinks). I especially love Red Hook during the summer and watching the sunset off of the promenade that overlooks the Statue of Liberty.”

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket - “When I’m not shooting weddings, I always love walking through Grand Army Plaza and experiencing their fresh produce and baked goods. It always makes me feel like I’m in Upstate NY and I love how they offer samples of whichever fruit is currently in season. I love purchasing their apple cider in Fall and fresh peaches in Summer.”

Bushwick Brooklyn - “It’s rare to find communities in Brooklyn that feel like they’re full of genuine artists, but Bushwick is the real deal. Walking through the streets, you can feel the creative vibes. There are so many local tasty restaurants like Roberta’s, Momo Sushi (I love the guacamole roll) and the newly opened Syndicated - a movie theater, bar and restaurant. And if you love graffiti, take a walking tour of The Bushwick Collective!”

DO

Brooklyn Bridge Park - “Walk throughout Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge Park around sunset. In the summer, I love attending the Brooklyn by the Bridge series where authors present book readings.”

Park Slope Yoga - “Take a yoga class at Park Slope Yoga. I’ve been practicing here on and off for ten years. The classes are always interesting and will make you work up a sweat. Everyone from the staff to teachers are very warm and welcoming and the classes are never too packed, so you can have space to practice! I love both the Hatha and Vinyasa classes depending on my mood!”

Prospect Park - “We love walking through Prospect Park early mornings with our puppy, Bowie. She’s finally able to be off leash so we thoroughly enjoy having adventures with her in the park and watching her make new furry friends! Prospect Park is a wonderful park to get lost in. There’s so much to to explore whether it’s a waterfall, zoo or ice skating rink in the winter. Fun tip: On Sundays, Smorgasburg is now in Prospect Park!”

Flytographer: Falcon in NYC