A quick L train to Bedford leaves you in the pulsing heartbeat of Williamsburg, a neighborhood dominated by indie shops, bars, and restaurants. The south and north ends vary a little in vibe and atmosphere, but no matter which direction you walk you'll find fashionable crowds, artsy galleries, and good food. Special shout out to N. 3rd St., N. 6th St., and Metropolitan Ave. for diversions.
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.
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.
Old, new, and always representing the Brooklyn Scene. Locals try their hand at artisan crafts and food vending (proven springboard for many a baked goods biz). Go for the records, vintage clothes, people watching, food stands. Open seasonally in various locations, like a parking lot, former Deco bank, and shipyards waterfront. Check website for details.
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.
What's a trip to Brooklyn without a ride on the Wonder Wheel and the rickety wooden Cyclone, a eating contest with Nathan's hot dogs, 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.
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, the concept shop West Elm Market for something homey, and One Girl Cookies for tasty souvenirs.
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.
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.
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.
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.