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Best things to do in Brooklyn

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Our favorite park, complete with running, walking, bike tracks, trails, kayaking, zoo, live music amphitheatre in the summertime, grills, and horseback riding.”
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Plaza
“One of the most iconic Brooklyn plazas, make sure to take a picture with the beautiful "Soldiers' and Sailors'" arch. From here, you can walk across the street to Prospect Park, or a few minutes to the Brooklyn Museum or the Botanical Garden.”
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Zoo
“A 12-acre zoo located off Flatbush Avenue on the eastern side of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York City. It’s a small zoo that can be explored in 1-2 hours, but is really well curated.”
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Library
“Love the Grand Army Plaza, its definitely grand! So much to see and do in this area and The Brooklyn Public Library is beautiful and massive.”
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Ice Cream Shop
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“A yummy NYC chain, so yummy that it's made its way to Disneyland. Small-batch ice cream with lots of goodies mixed inside, made from local, organic ingredients at this compact, kid-friendly shop. Our recommendation – the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. ”
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Cemetery
“From their website: Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors. A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, Green-Wood is a Revolutionary War historic site (the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what is now its grounds), a designated site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and a registered member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. On September 27, 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history. After almost two centuries, Green-Wood is as beautiful as it was at its founding. But such historic beauty is fragile. Time and weather have taken their toll on marble sculpture, granite monuments, brownstone mausoleums, cast-iron signs and landscaped parkland. Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.”
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Cocktail Bar
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“Potent old-school cocktails served in a white-tiled, speakeasy-like atmosphere.”
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Farmers Market
“Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket's flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market in the program, behind Union Square. The bread from Lost Bread Co. is the BEST.”
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Bar
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“Quaint bar with world music nightly in intimate back room. Cozy, fun, lively. Check schedule for nightly shows.”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Al Di La should be your first choice for date night in Park Slope. This is some of the very best Italian food in all of New York, with an extremely charming environment to eat it in. But you don’t just need a date to justify coming to Al Di La - bring your parents, bring your friends, or if you’re dining solo and a pasta craving hits hard, head for Al Di La Vino - their overflow space right around the corner with a bar that’s perfect for a party of one.”
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Bar
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“Shuffleboard courts (like full-sized courts with a broom-like contraption and everything) draw playful crowds to this big bar with food trucks & occasional live music. While you wait for a court to open up, borrow board games or cards from their giant collection. Great for large groups.”
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Bar
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“Upstairs in this bi-level bar, boozers chomp miniburgers and nip at microbrews like Sixpoint in the gentlemen’s-club–style anteroom (decorated with Soviet-era globes, paintings of fez-capped men, fireplaces)—before battling it out on the clay bocce courts. Downstairs, spectators are treated to a rotating roster of live talent, such as blaring bands, comedians and a monthly science night.”
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Italian Restaurant
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“One of the top Italian restaurants in the neighborhood -- which says a lot because it's a very Italian neighborhood!”
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Rock Club
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“Check the website for upcoming shows. Mainly low key comedy or podcast live shows. They do dance parties too. Fun venue. ”
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Asian Restaurant
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“Asian-American fusion from an award-winning former "Top Chef" contestant. Generally crowded but sometimes they can get you in quick. A foodie haven.”
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Neighbourhood
“Park Slope is a name-brand Brooklyn neighborhood known for its organic food markets and picturesque, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Prospect Park, charming cafes, and plenty of public amenities contribute to the neighborhood's small-town vibe. This area is great for families - stroller-friendly sidewalks, plenty of outdoor space, beautiful brownstone-lined streets, and a casual-meets-upscale dining and drinking scene.”
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