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.
This tiny bakery is locals’ go-to spot to for sweet and savory baked goods on the weekends. A buzzing group of bakers in blue work jumpsuits hum along to the likes of Fleetwood Mac while churning out flaky almond croissants and crusty baguettes, that can sell out by 10:30 a.m.
Located discreetly behind red metal gates in what at first glance appears to be a furniture shop, this beer bar has one of the neighborhood’s most extensive lists of craft beer on tap, in bottles and in a few casks that rotate out regularly.
The housewares here range from kitschy items like Piet Houtenbos's infamous grenade lamp to diminutive, high-concept products from other esteemed designers.
The nation's first museum just for kids sports a new canary-yellow, Rafael Viñoly-designed upper level incorporating solar panels, and has display cases made of compressed sunflower seeds. See the permanent exhibit on Brooklyn's natural habitats (yes, New
This Coney Island fruit shop carries the gamut of fruit-based creations, from platters and baskets to chocolate-dipped fruits. Daniel Spitz started the shop in 1957, and his son Mitchell now runs the place (although Daniel continues to keep a close eye on operations).
This wine and spirits shop in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is beloved for many reasons — the great lengths its staff goes to please its customers, (first-timers get a tour of the store), an eclectic inventory that includes Middle Eastern and African products, seasonal seminars on bour
DJs at the Rub play only the best old-school hip-hop and pop jams, and the mostly-local crowd comes expecting to boogie ‘til the wee hours of the morning (wallflowers, skip this stop).
The Chinese and American antiques are unexpectedly high-quality for such a low-fi setting: the gritty margins of Williamsburg. Owner Natalie Vichnevsky has an eye for color and form and an obvious sense of humor. You're sure to find a gift among her collection of furniture and accessories.
This bowling alley on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint opened less than a decade ago, but it manages to transport bowlers to the Midwest in the 1970’s, with its nostalgic décor and old-school scoring machines.
Established in 2000 in Brooklyn, Jacques Torres Chocolate makes bonbons, chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate. This real-life chocolate factory, located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, has marble café tables, an eat-at bar, and brightly colored walls lined with treats.
However playful its tangerine walls and funky signs, this specialty cheese and meat shop in Carroll Gardens is serious about its search for unique culinary expression, whether it be its ham bar, temperature- and humidity-controlled aging “cave,” or monthly cheese seminars.
Considered one of America’s 25 best cocktail bars by GQ magazine, this south Brooklyn watering hole blends multiple centuries with its exposed brick walls, 19th-century mahogany bar, tin-paneled ceiling, and artisan sour, daisy, punch, flip, and royale recipes going back to the 15th century.