Perfect Weekend in Brooklyn – By Veronica Olszowska
By Veronica Olszowska
Veronica Olszowska is a Pilates instructor, health coach, sound therapist, and native Brooklynite. Her goal is to help people build easy healthy habits in order to wake up each day feeling their best. She has completed 500 hours of comprehensive training under Club Pilates.
What would you do that you always love to do?
I would take a workout class and go for a long walk in Brooklyn Heights and along the piers.
Brooklyn Heights is a posh residential area of elegant brownstones. It’s known for its tree-lined promenade along the East River, with unrivaled views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The neighborhood also attracts visitors and local families to the landscaped walkways and playgrounds of waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park. Locals gather at the longstanding bars and restaurants along Henry Street.
What would you do that you never get to do?
Probably relax somewhere in the sunshine, maybe the rooftop at the 1Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Designed by local artists, boutique stay 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge follows a seriously sustainable ethos; its upcycled materials and artwork tell a story of the borough’s past, while the green design makes a commitment to its future. In this airy and art-filled stay, you’ll find a cosy guests-only lounge on the third floor, a cellar-level cinema room and an all-natural Bamford Spa. There’s also a casual, open-all-day café full of locally-sourced treats and a plunge pool up on the tenth floor that looks out over the East River.
Where would you stay?
In Dumbo I’d love to stay at the 1Hotel or in Williamsburg at the Hoxton (I stayed there in Amsterdam and loved it)!
The Hoxton - Williamsburg
97 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The Hoxton, Williamsburg feels very London—not only has the label transported very smoothly across the Atlantic, it’s also full of Brits, as well as many creative locals. Stay here to feel like you’re among the coolest New York tribe, with reasonable prices and phenomenal views.
Where would you go for lunch? What would you eat?
I’m a huge fan of Westville DUMBO for lunch any day! I love having different options and they offer a great selection of healthy choices.
81 Washington St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Fresh produce and locally sourced meats lead the list of ingredients at this popular American spot.
How about dinner?
Definitely a burger at Henry Public in Cobble Hill.
329 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hip Cobble Hill pub serving grass-fed burgers, salads, sandwiches & sophisticated cocktails.
Favorite date night spot?
Pips in Brooklyn for Happy Hour, oysters and a drink.
129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
From the team behind Brooklyn’s Colonie and Gran Electrica, Pips is inspired by the flavors and spirit of coastal Italy, Pips offers Italian-inspired seasonal menu sourced from local and sustainable farms, an extensive list of amari and Italian-style cocktails, and a curated list of low-intervention natural wines.
Favorite cafe/coffee spot?
Devoción is a good spot for coffee/tea and you can work from there!
Devoción - Dumbo
105 York St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Stop by for a cup of farm-fresh direct trade coffee, whether it be one of their House Blends, available year-round sourced from farms around Colombia in active harvest, guaranteeing the freshest coffee even before roasting; or try something new with one of their Limited Edition coffees, single-estate, microlot coffees highlighting unique varietals and processing techniques.
Favorite place to shop?
I love a good vintage shop. Some favorites include Front General Store in DUMBO or Chickees Vintage in Williamsburg. If you have more let me know!
Front General Store - DUMBO
143 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
With a sprawling interior, Front General Store is a pleasant place to browse for clothing, accessories and decor. This exquisitely curated collection of vintage and new items is the perfect place to snag gifts. We recommend checking out their sunglasses and customized terrariums. And hey, be sure to run any questions by their friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Giuseppina’s in Brooklyn (same owners as Lucali).
691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Cozy brick-oven pizzeria serving thin-crust pies with ample toppings & calzones, plus beer & wine.
Your favorite spot in Brooklyn to people watch?
Anywhere along the piers or Harbor View Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Spanning over 1.3 miles of Brooklyn’s waterfront, from the Columbia Heights waterfront district to the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, this treasure of a park offers breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan’s panoramic skyline and the New York Harbor. Tourists and New Yorkers alike can be seen admiring the iconic cityscape across the East River while strolling along a continuous promenade of six diverse piers.
Where would you watch the sunset?
On the piers or promenade or on Pilot (boat where you can get drinks) in the summertime.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Montague St &, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
This pedestrian walkway offers spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan, the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a favorite destination for joggers, walkers and Rollerbladers, but it also offers a quiet atmosphere for those who prefer to just sit, chat and enjoy the view.
If you could begin or end the weekend with a specific class at ONEYOGAHOUSE- what would that be?
I would end the week with The Restored One on Sundays – it is so relaxing I almost fall asleep.
The Restored ONE
Yin + Restorative Yoga : Open level
A chance to slow down and restore. Yin + Restorative yoga incorporates props to support you in passively held postures for a sustained period of time. This practice helps to lengthen connective tissue and fascia throughout the body to enhance range of motion in joints and regulate the nervous system. Benefits include deep relaxation, improved sleep and digestion, and faster muscle recovery.