Just because we’re married now it does not mean we turn into an old farty couple that watches re-runs of Seinfeld every night (OK, maybe just on week nights but who are you to judge!) Husband and I still love exploring Brooklyn (and sometimes Manhattan) for fun and interesting things to do. It makes me feel good that people still ask us for dating advice.
I compiled a list of things that both farty and non-farty couples can partake in. We live in the greatest city in the world and there are always entertaining and convivial activities to take advantage of. Without further adieu, my list of (somewhat non-traditional) date ideas in NYC…but mostly Brooklyn 🙂
- Go for a jog in Prospect Park (or Central Park) and then get frozen yogurt and/or a latte from a local coffee & dessert spot. This will make you happy.
- Visit a local bookstore, browse the titles and buy books that interest you. You’ll feel accomplished after reading it and hey – you just supported a small business owner 🙂
- Ice skate in Bryant Park, Prospect Park, Rockefeller Center or Central Park – and then go for some hot chocolate.
- Take trapeze lessons from any of the myriad schools in NYC that offer them (I went to West Side Highway Trapeze school and it was great!)
- Sign up for Salsa lessons and then take those skills to a dance floor near you.
- The obvious dinner and a movie, but do this in a new neighborhood that you don’t currently know anything about. Part of the city’s charm is exploring the hidden gems. Sunset Park is my favorite for Mexican food; Bay Ridge has great Greek, Italian and Arabic restaurants; Crown Heights is known for some good Jamaican fare; best burger I’ve ever had is from the Dram Shop in Park Slope (although Husband argues it’s Skinflints in Bay Ridge,) Carroll Gardens has great pizzerias and the brownstones are such beauties! If you like seafood, Sheepshead Bay boasts theirs but City Island might make the counter-argument – this is for you to decide! A bagel is delicious just about anywhere in the city and a good slice of pizza isn’t hard to come by either. Vietnamese, Japanese, Ethiopian, Greek, Italian, Arabic, Central & South American, Caribbean, Chinese, Mexican, Indian and American are just some of the few cuisines I have at my disposal in the Gowanus (or South Park Slope).
- Go to Barclays for a Nets game or concert.
- Go hiking! That’s right, hiking in or around the city.
- Spend an afternoon at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade then drool over the surrounding houses.
- Some people get creeped out by this BUT I highly, highly recommend visiting Greenwood Cemetery. Greenwood is a national, historical landmark in our city and if you can get past the whole dead-people-in-the-ground bit, you can appreciate it as a beautiful, serene and idyllic place. We visit a few times a year, particularly during different seasons, because it’s just so breathtakingly beautiful!
- Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (while it’s still free) but I wouldn’t recommend staying on the Island itself (unless you live there, in which case – sorry).
- Livingsocial, Groupon and other social discount sites offer cool classes throughout the city. Take advantage of these! How else will you learn to use a sewing machine, drive a Ferrari, make Indian food and get laser eye surgery all in the same week?
- IKEA. It’s just cool to visit IKEA in Brooklyn and then stop off at Fairway (under construction post-Sandy) and generally explore the ‘nabe.
- Take advantage of the museums, there is something for everyone.
- The obvious – Coney Island, Botanical Gardens, walk the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Visit the Tweed Building. It’s the New York City Department of Education Headquarters and they offer free tours to the public.
- Visit the Gowanus Canal. It’s gross now but I promise one day it will be a little Venice in Brooklyn.
That is all for now. I will expound on this list periodically. In the meantime, what is your favorite date night in the city?