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Things to do in Brooklyn

It’s never hard to find things to do in Brooklyn, it’s just difficult to figure out exactly what you want to do! Foodies will fall head-over-heels for Brooklyn’s culinary scene and should pay a visit to the Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg, held in Williamsburg every Saturday and in Fort Greene every Sunday during the late spring and summer, as well as its extension, Berg’n. The massive Crown Heights beer hall features a great draft list and food booths run by the Brooklyn Flea’s biggest stars like Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue and Ramen Burger.

As for sights and sounds, be sure to visit the massive Brooklyn Bridge Park, which not only offers wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline, but features great amenities of its own including a roller rink, a small beach and plenty of courts for the sportsmen and women among us. Meanwhile, artsy types will want to visit the neighborhood of Bushwick, which is home to dozens of local galleries like BogART, which hosts multiple galleries in a former factory, as well as the neighborhood around the Jefferson Street stop on the L subway line where gorgeous graffiti murals cover almost every wall.

And finally, those looking for things to do in Brooklyn won’t want to miss out on the great Prospect Park-adjacent neighborhoods of Park Slope, Gowanus, South Slope, Prospect Heights and Windsor Terrace. These kid-friendly neighborhoods feature all sorts of quirky shops and shopping experiences set on streets picturesque and charming enough to make any visitor want to pack up and move to NYC. Spend an afternoon strolling around before settling down at legendary local eateries like Franny’s and al di la. And if you have the energy at the end of what will surely be an exciting trip, spend a day in Vinegar Hill, a quiet waterfront neighborhood with cobblestone streets, and one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets. All at once the neighborhood is a taste of what Brooklyn used to be and what it is now and remains the perfect end to what will hopefully be a perfect visit.

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  • Acorn, a Brooklyn Toy Shop

    At this fairy tale of a store, you'll find mobiles hand-stitched from Liberty of London fabrics, bamboo model airplanes made in Vietnam, German Wal... More
  • Bar Sepia

    In Prospect Heights, this cash-only neighborhood bar attracts guests with its cushioned deep couches, a long wooden communal table, and a small out... More
  • Barbès

    This unerringly hip, Gallic-owned live-music club runs the gamut from washboard swing and Reinhardt-style guitar jazz to quwwali and klezmer. More
  • Bark

    Owner Linda Downey’s interior-design and clothing boutique is tactile heaven: Mongolian-lamb rugs, silk coverlets, hand-loomed striped blankets, an... More
  • Beacon’s Closet

    Peruse this gigantic warehouse space and turn Williamsburg’s fashionable locals’ cast-offs into your vintage treasures for wallet-friendly prices. More
  • Betty Bakery

    The sweet aroma in the air outside this Boerum Hill bakeshop comes from its impressive display of pastries, cakes, pies, tarts, and marzipan, as we... More
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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  • Brooklyn Brewery

    ...hop on the L subway line to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery and its vats of microbrews. More
  • Brooklyn Bridge

    A stroll along this span is an only-in-New York experience that provides an up-close sense of the city's true grandeur. It's hardly the world-recor... More
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

    The nation's first museum just for kids sports a new canary-yellow, Rafael Viñoly-designed upper level incorporating solar panels, and has display ... More
  • Brooklyn Flat

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  • Brooklyn Historical Society

    The Brooklyn Historical Society has informative neighborhood guides. More
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art

    With a mission to bridge the artistic heritage of world cultures, this 560,000-square-foot museum built in grand Beaux-Arts style houses a large, d... More
  • Butter, Brooklyn

    An airy showcase for top fashion names such as Dries van Noten and Rick Owens. The shoe selection alone (Henry Beguelin, Ann Demeulemeester) inspir... More

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