Lifestyle Brooklyn Bridge: Things to do nearby in Manhattan and Brooklyn By Lauren Cook Updated May 24, 2016 8:35 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 Photo Credit: Barry Johnson 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 Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote 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 Photo Credit: Etienne Brossard / Bargemusic 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 Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mireya Acierto 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 Photo Credit: Trading Post 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 Photo Credit: Lauren Cook 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. By Lauren Cook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.