The Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) passes by U.S. Army Fort Hamilton Garrison during the 29th annual Fleet Week New York’s Parade of Ships. Fleet Week New York is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s military. (Photo by Chief Petty Officer Travis Simmons, May 2017)
Welcome to New York City and its five boroughs. Whether you’re looking to take in a Broadway show, meet Lady Liberty, eat at some of the best fine dining establishments in the world, marvel at skyscrapers or relax in lush parks, New York has it all.
Fort Hamilton is in Brooklyn, which offers everything from live music to professional hockey and basketball. If you want to relax and take in the sights, spend a day at Prospect Park or take a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge or the scenic Brooklyn Heights promenade. If you’re looking for thrills, check out Coney Island and its two roller coasters. Brooklyn is also home to museums, galleries, nightlife and great eateries.
For more information on New York City, check out NYC & Co., the official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City, at www.nycgo.com. The following is merely a sampling of the cultural and recreational opportunities near Fort Hamilton.
Next to Coney Island, Brighton Beach is a favorite during the summer months. After a swim, explore the surrounding neighborhood, known as “Little Odessa,” and its Eastern European shops and restaurants. Visit www.nycgovparks.org/parks/coney-island-beach-and-boardwalk/facilities/beaches.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM is a multi-arts center with world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film and more. Visit www.bam.org.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
The 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park features riverfront promenades, beach access, gardens and city views along the East River. Visit www.brooklynbridgepark.org.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers views of the East River, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. The romantic promenade is lined with flower beds, trees, benches and playgrounds, making it a favorite destination for residents and visitors alike. Visit www.nyharborparks.org/visit/brhe.html.
One of the oldest and largest art museums in the country, the Brooklyn Museum is world-renowned. Collections range from contemporary Western art to ancient Egyptian masterpieces. Visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.
Brooklyn’s Coney Island is a perfect getaway from hectic city life. The island boasts nearly 3 miles of beaches, a boardwalk, thrilling amusement rides, playgrounds, beach volleyball courts and more. Visit www.nycgo.com/attractions/coney-island.
Dyker Heights at Christmas
Celebrate the holidays in Dyker Heights with a tour of the neighborhood’s famous Christmas lights. More than 100,000 people visit the neighborhood each year to experience the impressive displays of lights, animatronics, music and more. Visit www.nycgo.com and search for Dyker Heights.
Harbor Defense Museum
Learn about the history and evolution of New York City’s coastal defense systems at Fort Hamilton’s Harbor Defense Museum. The museum features artifacts from the Revolutionary War to World War II. Visit www.nycgo.com/museums-galleries/harbor-defense-museum.
Narrows Botanical Gardens
Described as “the jewel of Bay Ridge,” Narrows Botanical Gardens brings nature to the urban landscape of Brooklyn. Exhibits include a lily pond, Zen garden and rose gardens. The gardens also host events like an outdoor summer movie series and the fall Harvest Festival. Visit www.narrowsbg.org.
New York Aquarium
The New York Aquarium in Brooklyn is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. See sea lions perform at the Aquatheater; a colorful marine life reef display at Conservation Hall; and penguins, sea otters and seals at the Sea Cliffs. The aquarium also has a 4-D theater with sensory effects, guided tours, and youth and family programs. Visit https://nyaquarium.com.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s flagship park, contains the bulk of Brooklyn’s remaining indigenous forest. The 526-acre park has a zoo, an ice rink, a band shell, a carousel, and dozens of athletic and recreational facilities. Visit www.nycgovparks.org/parks/prospect-park.
From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget in New York City. Visit www.nycgo.com/things-to-do/shopping-fashion.
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and the New York Islanders hockey team. The center also hosts championship boxing, concerts and other entertainment. Visit www.barclayscenter.com.
For information on other New York City sports teams and events, visit www.nycgo.com/things-to-do/sports-in-nyc.