Guide to Brooklyn for Basic Bitches
Honey, you know I got my soapbox moments. Nothing drives me crazier than seeing basic bitches pushing people on an active road to get their shot for the gram on Water Street. You know, that street is so well known, even the world’s most beautiful couple (IMHO), Liv Lo and Henry Golding, took a shot here. (*where was I? Ten minutes away avoiding this street.)
Anne Hathaway used to live a block away. Ah, back in the day she even gave Elle a little cuddle. Guess what? No phone that day. No shot, just good old human and hound interaction.
Why a guide to Brooklyn?
Because in Brooklyn we go hard, we go hard and you also should explore how wonderful and more to life there is than Manhattan. Come on take the adventure. You may even run into us, but don’t run us over to get your damn shots. Okay, bye soapbox.
WATER STREET SHOTS
Water Street has a view of the Manhattan Bridge, but if you scoot forward to where it’s legal and safe a few hundred feet, your dog and the views will reward you. You know, I write these so you will develop your own style and perspective on popular spots. So, move around, play with it. Zoom in on what’s behind the Goldings. Do you see that crowd? It is ever-present now the fickle sun has made an appearance. Zero in on the the ramp on the left side of them. Did your mind wheels begin turning? If you must insist on a shot here, try from this vantage point. Pick me up a $20 tip at the bank machine it gives you access to as well, cause you’re welcome bishes.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Now you’ve made it to the end of Water Street, walk left towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Make your way to west elm, also dog friendly and has a cafe if you need mind-fuel. Really, you are coming here for shot number two. There are rocks, there are stairs, go up a flight. Find yourself between the BK and the Manhattan Bridge with epic views. Again, you’re safe, the views are insane and your dog will thank you.
You may recall the haunting photos of Jane’s Carousel during Hurricane Sandy. With Manhattan suffering a blackout, and water rising, the lights of the 1922 created carousel remained on as Hurricane Sandy raged. The piece had long been sitting in storage, waiting for restoration that began in 1984 to make it’s 2010 debut in Brooklyn Bridge Park only to have the storm nearly wipe it out like it did so many parts of Brooklyn in 2012. It has been one of our favorite places, and the views are sensational. My dog seems drawn to the music of Jane’s Carousel and always love to sit outside staring as it goes around in circles. The views of The Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Skyline are not to be missed.
1 Hotel Brooklyn
Did you think you were done when you saw the Bridge? Darlings, round the tip as they say. And you’ll discover access to the water ferry, more importantly access to air conditioning, filtered water, Bocce Bakery Dog Treats and a friendly, cool wifi sustainable access cafe, Our Neighbors inside our favorite hotel.
INDUSTRY CITY: take the R to 36th Street and 4th. Walk down 36th to 3rd avenue, cross under the freeway to Industry City.
If you love food, this is a great spot that is not yet out of control and fun. Revitalized and thriving with small business and a PetCo, Industry City also provides ample photo opportunities in their elevators. I watched a female influencer dance for forty five minutes, play air guitar at the new Theresa Rivera designed flower installation. Bright neon signs, food vendors and many buildings to explore, make your way around this complex to find the different and beautiful spots. Outdoors includes sculptures, eating areas and views of the water. This is not an off-leash area, though it is dog-friendly throughout the office spaces like @shopfbl and our recent fave, The Brooklyn Candle Company. Leave a couple of hours to really enjoy this space and discover the many murals along the way inside and out like Japan Village.
1091 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Homeslice was almost removed a few years ago. Fans schooled those who were trying to gentrify without respect. So, for our hip hop homies, we must direct you to Bedford, with an Old Dirty Bastard mural (*several included we promise along the way) a few blocks away. Pay homage to Biggie. It’s worth seeing.
You might hear whisper of “check it out, I like this” as you make your way to take in this giant mural of Biggie. I love street art and always look at the bottom of any mural due to that being where my beloved Frenchie Elle is going to be sitting. This is the spot for that Nasty Gal thick faux gold bling you’ve been sporting. This king also wears a crown, so make sure you match with gold accents of some kind. Bounce your head to the beats that come in your head. This is real Brooklyn, this is where the music comes from and the locals are friendly.
For Frenchie parents, there is a tremendous BONUS spot across Quincy Avenue, diagonal to the Biggie Mural. Next to D’s Do or Dine—a fun dive bar—is a tribute a fawn Frenchie, complete with crown and chain.
30 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
You can take a walking tour, but we love meandering here on our own. You’ll see incredible art here as it is one of the most celebrated areas for street art cultivation.
From the heart of true OG Brooklyn to hipster glam, we made our way from DUMBO to Bedford and end with dog-friendly AF Williamsburg.
The Hoxton Hotel
The Hoxton Hotel is dog friendly globally. Last year, the Williamsburg location opened, much to the delight of local dogs and hipsters. Open spaces hotels are so incredibly great to dogs, it’s a wonder more businesses do not share this idea.
Kick back, you’ve had time to roam the streets, now it’s time to enjoy yourself, dogs welcome. Sunday evenings through Wednesdays are easier to get spots and enjoy having your dog there without insane crowds. Check for events.