Brooklyn is a happening place!
There are interesting spots to visit and great restaurants. There are also terrific gems you never went to when you lived here. Try out something new. Here are our Top 5 Picks for Saturday afternoon, plus a host of other recommendations.
At the Brooklyn Museum you can explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that includes ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European painting, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art. Special Exhibit: Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the present. On permanent exhibit is The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago.
Brooklyn Historical Society
The Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come. In this interesting old mansion are exhibits including Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie, as well as Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom, and Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
You know this old standby but it’s still a beautiful walk. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.
A Who’s Who of New York is buried here in a scenic setting. This is one you may not have known about but everyone from Boss Tweed to Leonard Bernstein rests here. There is a trolley tour from 1 to 3 pm that requires prior reservations.
Brooklyn Public Library
The Brooklyn Public Library serves the borough's 2.5 million residents, offering thousands of public programs. Private tours of the main branch at Grand Army Plaza can be arranged for those interested.
Brooklyn Art Districts: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Dumbo and Downtown, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park
Brooklyn Heights Promenade: Above the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, a lovely place to walk and enjoy the views of Lower Manhattan
Neighborhood Areas: Midwood, Cortelyou Road and Park Slope
Brooklyn is the newest “in” place for restaurants. Believe it or not there are great restaurants in the new trendy areas of Bushwick, Gowanus, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Midwood area. Some suggestions:
The Farm on Adderley – American bistro, not too far from Midwood on the subway
Carmines Pizzeria – Thin-crust pizza
Grimaldi’s – Thin crust coal-fired pizza
Di Fara – Hand kneaded dough, fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomato sauce. Owned and operated by Domenico DeMarco since 1964.
Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten - Indoor and outdoor seating areas with 24 taps pouring both local and German brews, plus a menu of both German and "Brooklyn"-style pub grub. Open Saturday from noon to 1 a.m. You can come in the mid-afternoon and eat, drink and relax before the 6pm event next door at The Grand Prospect Hall.
Chocolate, A Slice of Brooklyn Tours: Experience the most amazing traditional and artisanal chocolate being made in Brooklyn on NYC’s only chocolate bus tour.
Jacques Torres Chocolate: Master chocolatier Jacques Torres takes pride in crafting fresh, hand-made chocolate using only premium ingredients in classic and original combinations. Every product is produced in his vast 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art chocolate factory at the historical Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York.
The Chocolate Room: Chocolate cake made famous by Oprah Winfrey, one of her favorite things in 2007.