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Brooklyn sites

Brooklyn was a dream. All the things that happened there just couldn't happen. It was all dream stuff. Or was it all real and true and was it that she, Francie, was the dreamer?
- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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At Grand Army Plaza. Photo: Courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance.

Bargemusic

  • Dumbo, Music Venue, Boating, $$$$ $
  • 1 Water Street
  • Brooklyn, 11201
  • Website | Email

Right on pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a barge-turned-concert hall floats on the East River and gives intimate chamber music concerts all year round. The unique venue and incredible Manhattan views intensifies the experience.

Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • Fort Greene, Theater, Cinema, Cultural Center, $$$$ $$
  • 651 Fulton St.
  • Brooklyn, 11217
  • +1-718-636-4100
  • Website

Known as BAM, the multi-arts center is home to highbrow dance, theater, film, opera, music, literary readings, and all kinds of un-classifiable performances that mix media and blow minds. 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Prospect Heights, Parks and Gardens, $$$$ $
  • 1000 Washington Ave.
  • Brooklyn, 11225
  • +1-718-623-7200
  • Website | Email

If you can make it in time for cherry blossom season, you will be in for quite a treat. Hundreds of trees bloom on the great lawn every spring. Spend time making your way down winding paths, through lilac groves, around water features, and into the beautiful glass greenhouses to check out indigenous and tropical flora and fauna.

Brooklyn Flea

  • Williamsburg, Dumbo, Market
  • various locations
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Website | About

Old, new, and always representing the Brooklyn Scene. Locals try their hand at artisan crafts and food vending (a proven springboard for many a baked goods biz). Go for the records, vintage clothes, people-watching, a food stands. Open seasonally in various locations, like a parking lot, former Deco bank, and shipyards waterfront. Check website for details.

Brooklyn Historical Society

  • Brooklyn Heights, History Center, Museum, $$$$ $
  • 128 Pierrepont St.
  • Brooklyn, 11201
  • Website

The Othmer Library is a beautiful sight with its stained glass windows and carved wooden columns. This museum is dedicated to the borough's 400-year, which it teaches through workshops and exhibitions and vibrant programming. (They also have a museum outpost at 55 Water St. in Dumbo.)

Brooklyn Museum

  • Prospect Heights, Museum, $$$$ $
  • 200 Eastern Pkwy
  • New York, 11238-6052
  • +1-718-638-5000
  • Website | Email

A forward-thinking museum and vast space that's known for it's Target First Saturdays, a free free-for-all with art, programming, live music, and the kind of family friendly dance party that can only happen in BK.

Coney Island

  • Coney Island, Neighborhood to Explore , $$$$ $
  • 1208 Surf Ave.
  • Brooklyn, 11224
  • Website | Email

What's a trip to Brooklyn without a ride on the Wonder Wheel and the rickety wooden Cyclone, a picture in front of the Parachute Jump, a Nathan's hot dog, or at least one opportunity to say fugheddaboutit? Here we are, on the boardwalk, taking in the beach, the freaks, and the best of all Brooklyn worlds colliding.

Dumbo Stroll

  • Dumbo, Neighborhood to Explore
  • From York to Bridge and the East River
  • Brooklyn

Everyone loves to get to Dumbo via the Brooklyn Bridge, which means you'll land on the BK side right up the block from Patsy Grimaldi's pizza joint, Juliana's. Walk down to Brooklyn Bridge Park and pick up an ice cream cone at the water's edge or stop into The River Cafe for champagne in the garden. St. Ann's Warehouse is where to go for the next big thing in theater. Other stops not to miss: Powerhouse Books for something artsy, Jacques Torres for something chocolately, Cecconi's for a drink with a view of the bridge, and One Girl Cookies for tasty souvenirs.

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

  • Greenpoint, Farm
  • 44 Eagle St.
  • Brooklyn, 11222
  • Website | Email

A 6,000 square-foot organic veggie garden built on top of a warehouse overlooking Manhattan. Hell yeah! Stop by during market hours (Sunday afternoons) and pick up your very own Brooklyn-grown produce.

Green-Wood Cemetery

  • Greenwood Heights, Cemetery, $$$$ $
  • 500 25th St
  • Brooklyn, 11232
  • +1-718-768-7300
  • Website | Email

Lovers of history, nature, Old New York, and/or the occult can wander the massive park-like grounds (one of the oldest in America) or take a tour to learn about the famous residents who are residing there for eterniey. Many a theater company do performances among the tombstones. There are also evening photography tours, birding expeditions, and chances to join The Secret Mausoleum Club (check the calendar).

Industry City

  • Sunset Park, Landmarks and Monuments, Market, Cultural Center
  • 220 36th St., 2-A
  • Brooklyn, 11232
  • +718-965-6450 ext. 200
  • Website

A 35-acre microcosm of industry, commerce, and artistry on the waterfront in Sunset Park with lots of opportunity for discovery: Wander the huge warehouse buildings and attached alleyways to find art, food, classes, landscaped outdoor space, innovation, and more.

Jane's Carousel

  • Dumbo, Landmarks and Monuments, $$$$ $
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dock St.
  • Brooklyn, 11201
  • +1-718-222-2502
  • Website | Email

A completely and meticulously restored Roaring Twenties merry-go-round encased in glass, a labor of love for 30 years and now a beloved Brooklyn gem. Take the kids for a spin while watching the views of the East River.

National Sawdust

  • Williamsburg, Venue and Event Space, Music Venue, Cultural Center, $$$$ $
  • 80 North 6th St.
  • Brooklyn, 11249
  • 646-779-8455
  • Website | Email

You will be drawn in by the building's street art-filled exterior. Inside, the artist-led non-profit music venue showcases concerts by well-know musicians and newcomers (sometimes pairing them together) in an acoustically engineered white box theater. Exepct 21st-century art in genres spanning from electronics to contemporary opera.

New York Transit Museum

  • Downtown Brooklyn, Museum, $$$$ $
  • Boerum Pl. at Schermerhorn St.
  • +1-718-694-1600
  • Website

Immerse yourself in the history of transportation, board vintage subway cars, and indulge in a little NYC nostalgia.

Pioneer Works

  • Red Hook, Cultural Center
  • 159 Pioneer Street
  • Brooklyn, 11231
  • +1-718-596-3001
  • Website | Email

A big, rambling, multidisciplinary cultural center from local artist Dustin Yellin has been fashioned out of an old factory space and quirky backyard. From avant-garde art to music to technology, it's an open and safe space to experiment, learn, produce, present, and party. Check the calendar for events and happenings.

Prospect Park

  • Park Slope, Parks and Gardens
  • Grand Army Plaza
  • Brooklyn, 11217
  • Website

After completing Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux set to work on 585 acres of pastoral charm. There are impressive watercourses, neoclassical structures, bike lanes, and walking paths. The park is flanked by the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. An excellent farmers market is held every saturday morning at the park entrance. Pack and picnic and head to the fields.

Red Hook Food Vendors (at the Red Hook Ball Fields)

  • Red Hook, Market, $$$$ $
  • Clinton & Bay Sts.
  • Brooklyn, NY, 11231
  • Website | About

Foodies flock to the perimeters of this soccer field, where dozens of food carts dish out gargantuan portions of the best Mexican, Guatemalan, Colombian, Honduran, Dominican, and Ecuadorian tacos, grilled corn, ceviche, pupusas, plantains, and horchatas. Dine at picnic tables and digest on the bleachers.

Sculpture Park at Pratt Institute

  • Clinton Hill, University, Parks and Gardens
  • 200 Willoughby Ave.
  • Brooklyn, 11205
  • +1-718-636-3600
  • Website

Stumbling upon the leafy art school campus in the middle of residential Brooklyn feels like a real treat. Vistors are welcome to stroll through the gardens and outdoor sculpture park as well as throw down a picnic blanket for R&R among the brownstones, collegiate brick buildings, and fashion-forward students lugging portfolios.

Smorgasburg

  • Williamsburg, Market, $$$$ $
  • 90 Kent Ave.
  • Brooklyn, 11211
  • Website

This is the food-focused offshoot of the beloved Brooklyn Flea, where hobbyists, artisans, and local crafters sell their jarred, jammed, smoked, pickled, toasted, brewed, and always fresh goods to the hungry masses.

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