Fathom Favorites : Brooklyn Sites

1. Jane's Carousel

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.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dock St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1-718-222-2502

2. Coney Island

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.

1208 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, 11224

3. Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

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.

44 Eagle St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

4. Bargemusic

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.

1 Water St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1-718-624-4924

5. Prospect Park

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 a picnic and head to the fields.

Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11217

6. Dumbo Stroll

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.

York St. to Bridge St., at the East River
Brooklyn, NY

7. Brooklyn Academy of Music

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. 

651 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, 11217
+1-718-636-4100

8. Brooklyn Museum

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.

200 Eastern Pkwy.
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
+1-718-636-4100


9. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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.

1000 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
+1-718-623-7200

10. Red Hook Food Vendors (at the Red Hook Ball 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.

Clinton & Bay Sts.
Brooklyn, NY, 11231