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Brooklyn Bridge: Things to do nearby in Manhattan and Brooklyn

New York City marked the 133rd anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24, 2016.

What better way to celebrate than to take a stroll across the iconic bridge, right? But then what do you do when you get to the other side?

Here are a few places on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge that are worth your time.

Jacques Torres, Brooklyn

After you've landed in Brooklyn, reward yourself with
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After you've landed in Brooklyn, reward yourself with a sweet treat from Jacques Torres Chocolate. Though there are several Jacques Torres shops in New York City, the chocolatier's DUMBO location is where it all began. Indulge in handmade chocolates or spring for an ice cream sandwich to cool off after all that exercise.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

There is something for everyone at Brooklyn Bridge
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There is something for everyone at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Among the many activities offered at the park, you can take a stroll along the waterfront, go for a ride on Jane's Carousel or enjoy the roller skating rink at Pier 2.

Bargemusic, Brooklyn

Located under the Brooklyn Bridge, Bargemusic offers live
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Located under the Brooklyn Bridge, Bargemusic offers live music for your listening pleasure five days a week. The Brooklyn venue is as unique as its selection of chamber music, housed in a barge floating on the East River. Bargemusic is open Wednesday through Sunday.

South Street Seaport, Manhattan

Though the South Street Seaport is still undergoing
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Though the South Street Seaport is still undergoing a major rehabilitation project, there is still plenty to be enjoyed down on the waterfront. From animated movie nights and free music festivals to Häagen-Dazs Happy Hour and the South Street Seaport Museum, there are many events throughout the spring and summer months for all to enjoy. Note: Famed food market Smorgasburg returns to the Fulton Market Building beginning May 27.

Trading Post, Manhattan

If all that walking has worked up an
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If all that walking has worked up an appetite, head over to Trading Post on John Street. Fill up on classic American fare and toast to the Brooklyn Bridge with one of the restaurant's signature cocktails, like the Chanderly (Prosecco, St. Germain, lemon and sage). Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., and features $5 select draft beer, $7 select wines by the glass and $8 French Martinis and Cosmopolitans.

Pier 15/East River Esplanade, Manhattan

Located right along the waterfront in Manhattan, the
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Located right along the waterfront in Manhattan, the East River Esplanade is a two-mile span of green space between the Battery Maritime Building and Montgomery Street. Pier 15 is located within that space and offers stunning views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn beyond. Pier 15 also houses Watermark Bar and Hornblower Cruises.

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