What to Do in Brooklyn This Summer
Known for its artists, writers, and musicians, Brooklyn is where you go when you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan while immersing yourself in the beloved borough’s unique culture and individual charm. There’s no shortage of entertaining experiences to have in Brooklyn, and these five activities provide a great way for you to explore the borough during the summer.
Where to Eat at Brooklyn's New DeKalb Market Hall
DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn is the newest spot for satisfying your latest craving in New York City’s hippest borough. A center for showcasing the cultural diversity of the area, DeKalb Market Hall offers more than just a bite to eat with a show kitchen, a cocktail bar, and live programs every day. To add to the fun, “Movies With A View” will be partnering with DeKalb Market Hall this summer to bring you some of the best eats while you enjoy outdoor flicks at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Here are our top five picks for DeKalb Market Hall.
Cool Spots to Beat the Summer Heat in Williamsburg Brooklyn
Hot, hot, hotter. That pretty much sums up the New York summer. But if you are visiting New York during the summer, a high temperature isn't going to stop you from exploring the city, is it now? One neighborhood in New York not to miss is trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While there are tons of options for shopping and restaurants, here are our picks for the best options in Williamsburg to beat the heat.
Kitchen 21: Brooklyn’s New Awe-Inspiring Dining Experience
Kitchen 21 is the Craveable Hospitality Group’s latest dining venture and it's about to make Brooklyn's Coney Island a culinary destination. Compiling five awe-inspiring experiences, Kitchen 21 brings together The Parachute Bar, Community Clam Bar, Test Kitchen, Coney Island Café, and Boardwalk & Vine at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island. That’s right, you can enjoy the show at the amphitheater while indulging in some serious good eats right next to the action.
Lower East Side Deli Legend Katz's Is Coming to Brooklyn
Some good news for New Yorkers! Katz’s, the famed delicatessen will be opening a Brooklyn location in 2017. While the exact opening date hasn’t yet been released, the franchise has hinted that it could be any day now, which leaves all of Brooklyn giddy with excitement. So what should you expect? Let’s go over the details, from where to find the new Katz’s Delicatessen to what you might find on the famed menu.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum
Long before she was an icon of the Southwest, the artist Georgia O’Keeffe was a New Yorker. She lived in NYC for three decades on her way to establishing herself as “The Mother of American Modernism.” Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, now open at the Brooklyn Museum, shows off this artistic mastery with a fresh angle: O’Keeffe’s wardrobe, which both reflected and furthered her Modernist identity.
Pro Soccer for Brooklyn: Coney Island Welcomes the Cosmos
Brooklyn will be welcoming the New York Cosmos in 2017 as the latest sports team to call the borough home. This legendary professional soccer team has most recently been situated in Long Island; their move to Brooklyn represents an exciting new beginning for the franchise, which was recently sold to the club’s new Chairman, Rocco Commisso. Check out the full lineup of details below to learn more about this exciting new era of soccer for the New York Cosmos—and Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Museum: A World-Class Home for Culture
If Brooklyn was a city on its own and not a borough of NYC, it would be the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S. (and closing in fast on Chicago for third place). Brooklyn has become a tourist destination to rival Manhattan, complete with its own world-class institution: the Brooklyn Museum. Just 20 minutes from Manhattan you’ll find a priceless collection that will surprise you with its range, from ancient Egypt to European masterpieces to a feast of decorative art.
Try Your Hand at Spells in Brooklyn’s “Hall of Magic”
Fans of Syfy’s The Magicians will be thrilled to learn that they can now head to The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn to engage in a fantastical world of mind control, levitation, and spell casting—all inspired by their favorite TV show and book. The best thing about it? This self-guided experience is completely free. Simply reserve tickets online via the “Hall of Magic” website (or if you want to risk it, walk-ins are also allowed to enter, space permitting). If you’ve ever wished that you lived in a magical world, now’s your chance to experience one.
5 Things to Do on Your First Trip to Brooklyn
You haven’t really seen all of New York City until you’ve spent some time in Brooklyn. NYC’s most populous borough is also quickly becoming one of its most beloved, and with so much to do within its boundaries, we can’t say that we’re all that surprised. If you’re planning your first trip to BK, check out these five locations while your exploring the turf. Chances are Brooklyn might become your new favorite borough too!
Battle of Brooklyn: A Pivotal Moment in New York and American History Opens at N-YHS
Have you heard of the Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island), that took place in August, 1776? It’s only the largest single battle of the American Revolutionary War. While we lost (some 1,000 American troops perished), it was also America’s first defeat in the first major armed campaign after signing the Declaration of Independence. In a nod to commemorating its 240th anniversary, the new exhibit The Battle of Brooklyn is now open at the New-York Historical Society.
Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
Sure to be a hit this fall season and beyond, TripAdvisor's top-rated NYC tour company A Slice of Brooklyn has launched its Brooklyn Chocolate Tour, which visits artisanal chocolate sites Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO, The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill, Raaka in Red Hook, and Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City, Sunset Park.
What to Do at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo serves Brooklyn natives and families from around the world with a peaceful escape from skyscrapers and taxi traffic into the wonderful world of nature.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Playground for All Ages
Brooklyn Bridge Park has it all: state-of-the-art playgrounds and sports fields, grassy fields and multiple concessions, and not to mention, one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline in all of the city (and only a subway stop away on the 2 or 3 train). Plus, it’s big enough to make it a day-trip.
A Golden Moment for Tourism in Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Experience
Over 15 million people came to Brooklyn as tourists last year, confirming the borough’s status as one of the top attractions in NYC. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has just launched the first dedicated ride to New York’s other city. Longtime Brooklyn resident Ellen Freudenheim, author of the brand-new book The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods & Noshes, Culture & the Cutting Edge, knows this degree of attention wasn’t always an inevitability...
Hello Brooklyn Cruise: Special Discounts
Last year, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises celebrated its 70th anniversary. In 2016, it’s full speed ahead, as Circle Line launched its Hello Brooklyn cruise May 2, boasting NYC’s first dedicated cruise to the borough. Book your Brooklyn cruise, or another Circle Line cruise between now and May 26, and get 20% off!
Sneakers and FAILE-tastic NYC Street Art Exhibits at Brooklyn Museum
Beat the heat with two new exhibits at Brooklyn Museum-The Rise of the Sneaker Culture and Faile: Savage/Sacred Young Minds, that explores NYC street culture.
The Cherry Blossoms Are Coming to Brooklyn
The popular and beautiful Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating Japanese culture returns to Brooklyn Botanic Garden the weekend of April 25-26.
Brooklyn Museum Says 'Oui' to The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk
Jean Paul Gaultier has designed haute couture pieces for some of the world’s most iconic performers, from Madonna to Lady Gaga. Beyoncé is a fan of his work. Now, an exhibit five years in the making presents some of his finest works.
Michael Chabon and Donna Tartt Headline Brooklyn by the Book
The second year of Brooklyn’s new literary series Brooklyn by the Book (BBTB) begins this September and runs through next May.
DUMBO Walls Brings Art Beneath the BQE
Using brick walls as Canvas, international artists transform DUMBO’s streetscape into a vibrant mural destination with works by CAM, DALeast, Eltono, Shepard Fairey, Faith47, MOMO, Stefan Sagmeister, and Yuko Shizimu
Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island: Must-Sees Outside of Manhattan
Too many visitors only take in the towering spires of midtown Manhattan and the glitz of Times Square. But New York is really a gateway city, combining the unique cultural aspects of not one, but five diverse boroughs - Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island - each with its own distinct personality and appeal that, when taken together, create the "New York experience." Here are some of the wonderful attractions located in the outer boroughs.
This Week in New York City: Art and Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn
Brooklyn is blooming with cherry blossoms and art. This week, we’ll take you across the river to see for yourself. Plus: High- & low-tech fun for kids.