New York Travel Fest Day One: No Sleep Till Brooklyn!

We’re all used to seeing those pretty Instagram pictures of the sun setting over Central Park, the ferry crossing in front of the Statue of Liberty, and the ball dropping over Time Square.  Starting this week, expect that line up to be changed-up.  Thanks to the fifth annual New York Travel Fest, boroughs that tourists too often overlook get the chance to earn their place in the spotlight.  Let’s hear it for Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island!

Day one of New York Travel Fest focused on borough presentations and cross-borough collaboration to increase tourist awareness of the diverse attractions and sightseeing opportunities that Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island have to offer.

Excellent panelists like Ed Burke and Roni Weiss inspired me to get out and explore the city, so I met up with no one other than my good friend April from the world-renowned blog Love Lust or Bust. Believe me, there is no better way to see Brooklyn than through the eyes of Brooklyn based April!

We met up at April’s co-op space for a quick tour of Electropositive, an absolutely stunning place for creative minds to collaborate on creating social media content.

Continuing around the block we sat down at an unpretentious but oh so delicious Thai restaurant where April filled me in on famous neighbourhood landmarks like the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum, and Tom’s Diner where Suzanne Vega sat down to write her famous 1987 hit song. Once it enters your mind it won’t leave and for the rest of the night I felt like “I am sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner….”. Clearly we had to stop by to check it out!

Unable to shake the song lyrics we hit the pavement before coming upon the grand opening of Rabanne 420, an edgy art studio, where we chatted with Natalie Berk and Roberto Rabanne two of the original artists on exhibit.  I loved Natalie’s modern interpretation of the classics so make sure to go have a look for yourself or check out her art on @strawberryfirestudio or @strawberrygerrl.

The night continued with a leisurely stroll by inviting coffee houses, beer gardens, and hip energetic pubs like Forte, Franklin Park, Dutch Boy Burger (where they serve way more than burgers and the inside is a maze of cozy corners opening up to a cool garden hangout!), and the elegant Chavela’s.

Tired but very impressed with everything that Brooklyn has to offer we headed home where Suzanne Vega’s song lyrics finally made room for the Beastie Boys….No Sleep Till Brooklyn!!!


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