Andrew Hickey is the travel-obsessed New York native behind The Brooklyn Nomad, and the latest 'Travel Knowledgable' that we've pinned down to tell us about their home town for our Questionnaires for Experts, Bloggers and other Travel Knowledgeables.
As well as writing his blog, Andrew has other travel credentials, he's the Social Media Manager for CheapOair and contributes to other travel publications. We're more interested in finding out his top tips for his home town for the moment though. Thanks for sharing, Andrew.
Where's your home town, and what's the main reason people visit?
Although I am “The Brooklyn Nomad”, I was born in the neighbouring borough of Queens and have hopped around the five borough of New York ever since I was a little kid. So I call New York in general my home.
Do I really need to tell people why they should visit the Big Apple?
What's the main reason you think people SHOULD be visiting?
The atmosphere is absolutely electric in New York year round. Whether it is a summer’s day or a winter’s night, chances are something exciting is happening in New York. Come and visit to simply take it all in.
If you had to recommend to the friend of a friend one unmissable thing to do in your home town what would it be?
Pizza in Brooklyn! Go to Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge or DiFara’s Pizzeria for some of the best slices you will ever taste!
If they had a whole day in town what would you recommend they do?
After they inhaled a few slices of pizza, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, visit High Line Park in the city, down a few pints at the 100-year old beer garden in Astoria and make your way to the Bronx to check out a Yankees game.
What if they had three days?
In addition to what I just mentioned, the Bronx has a pretty beautiful botanical garden and fun zoo, check out one of the finest Irish pubs in all of New York called Molly’s, then take a walk through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park (designed by the same guy that created Central Park and then head way out to Coney Island for a ride on the cyclone and a few Nathan’s famous hot dogs.
What will you never catch a local doing?
Hanging out in Times Square. Bleh.
What WILL you catch a local doing?
Avoiding Times Square. Locals also prefer downtown Manhattan, neighbourhoods in Brooklyn like Park Slope and Williamsburg, and even a weekend road trip out to Long Island.
And what local delicacies would visitors be fools not to try while they're there?
In addition to the aforementioned Brooklyn pizza and Nathan’s hot dogs, you should also make your way to Astoria for top notch Greek cuisine, gobble a bagel or two in many of the local delis, the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn for outstanding Polish cuisine and stand in that long line at Madison Square Park for a mouth watering Shake Shack burger.
In 140 characters, how would you sum up your home town as a great destination?
NY is a great destination to visit because we have it all! Top cuisine, amazing nightlife, awesome shows, interesting locals & much more!
Anything else you want to add!?
When you do visit New York, make sure you leave a day or two to explore the outer boroughs. New York is way more than Manhattan. Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and even Staten Island are all worth a visit. If you have more time, then I suggest a day or two in Montauk, Long Island, which is the easternmost part of New York. Great seafood!
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