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Brooklyn, NY

“It has its own unique history and its own communities. In the beginning of Moby Dick, as Ishmael is leaving New York he remarks upon the ‘twin cities’ of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Brooklyn has always been the center of industrial labor in NYC and thus has historically hosted the working class, the artisans, the men whose hands are hard from use and sturdy matriarchs who have never heard of Saks on 5th. There are more real people here. It’s a bit quieter, and it’s still a little bit easier to make art here than in Manhattan.” — Yoke Lore

Curated by: A Place to Bury Strangers, Acid TongueActive Bird Community, Beverly, Beyond Beyond is Beyond, Big Ups, Caveman, Deerhoof, Mister Saturday Night, pronoun, San Fermin, Savoir Adore, Streets of Laredo, Yoke Lore

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Brooklyn, NY
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Jacob Riis Park
"I think Jacob Riis park is also killer during the summer. Very few tourists know about it and it's a really clean beach." — Acid Tongue
Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, NY 11694, United States
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Heart’s Coffee
Grab a coffee and pastry to go or sit in the window soaking up the morning light at this Bushwick coffee shop run by a couple who lives just around the corner.
1207 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221, United States
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The Johnson’s
"Probably not my favorite bar, but our band ends up at the Johnson's in Bushwick a lot. $2 beers and $4 painkillers all week." — Acid Tongue
369 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237, United States
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Bar B
"No seating, just a stand up restaurant, really relaxed vibe. I usually order the scallop carpaccio, the grilled branzino, and a bottle of wine." — Acid Tongue
84 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011, United States
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Friends NYC
Urban shop with new, gently used, and vintage women's clothing, shoes and accessories, plus unique gifts.
56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Warsaw
A Polish community center is home to this popular Greenpoint concert venue with an Elk's Club feel.
261 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
This ornate 1867-vintage former bank building houses an art gallery with diverse shows & events.
135 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Oslo Coffee Roasters
Local favorite cafe chain with in-house roasts, light fare, and a laid-back environment equally suited for working on your laptop or relaxing with a book.
133 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Kings County Imperial
Modern Chinese haunt serving dishes made with local ingredients, including some from its own garden.
20 Skillman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Green-Wood Cemetery
National Historic Landmark cemetery in Brooklyn.
Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Domino Sugar Refinery
The Domino Sugar Refinery is a former refinery in the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City.
Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Wythe Hotel
Housed in a historic, refurbished factory on the Brooklyn waterfront, this boutique hotel is a local favorite.
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Oasis
Small Middle Eastern restaurant & falafel dispenser next to the Bedford Avenue subway station.
161 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Mission Dolores
Formerly a tire shop, this beer bar sports a lively vibe fueled by board games & an outdoor patio.
249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
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Weather Up
Potent old-school cocktails served in a white-tiled, speakeasylike atmosphere.
589 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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Botanica
Cuban-Hemingway style bar with tropical decor and craft cocktails.
220 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
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​Yours Sincerely
Handsome hangout with a marble bar for on-tap cocktails, beers & wines.
41 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
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Maison Premiere
Oysters, cocktails & small plates in a New Orleans-styled setting with an atmospheric garden.
298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Soda Bar Brooklyn
Former soda fountain turned bar serving draft beers & bar food in a multiroom space.
629 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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Hot Bird
Lots of craft beers from a cash-only bar in a former auto shop, with patio picnic tables & fire pit.
546 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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Fresh Kills Bar
Attractive space for carefully prepared cocktails from the mixologist behind Dutch Kills.
161 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Mugs Alehouse
Williamsburg bar known for its rotating inventory of hard-to-find draft & bottled brews.
125 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Beacons Closet
Secondhand clothing store with a wide selection of vintage & modern to buy, sell or trade.
74 Guernsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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Catland
Spiritual supply hub with books, candles & crystals, plus other metaphysical accessories & events.
987 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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The Thing
Thrift store featuring antique furniture & decor items, plus used records galore in the basement.
1001 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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Berry Park
A European beer list & an expansive rooftop are the draws at this German-accented bar room.
4 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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La Superior
Authentic Mexican street food, like tacos & flautas, brings hungry hipsters to this cash-only joint.
295 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Lucey’s Lounge
Subdued lounge serving inventive cocktails, a big wine menu & free popcorn in a chill ambiance.
475 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
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Alphaville
Hip bar & grill with rustic, eclectic decor, live music, burgers & chicken nuggets with many sauces.
140 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
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Turkey’s Nest
Unassuming haunt where beer & pitchers of cocktails are poured into oversized styrofoam cups.
94 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Capri Social Club
A great dive bar in Brooklyn, New York City.
156 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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Mary Meyer Clothing
Boutique showcasing the clothing of Mary Meyer, an eclectic artist with a penchant for unique prints.
56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Academy Records Annex
Browser-friendly new & used music store with LPs & CDs (plus DVDs & Blu-rays) in a range of genres.
85 Oak St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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Human Head Records
Record shop with a large collection of new & used vinyl, plus turntables & other audio equipment.
168 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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By Robert James
Cool & casual menswear shares cozy digs with modern, locally produced jackets & wardrobe accents.
193 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Narnia
Offbeat, bohemian store featuring an eclectic selection of vintage clothes & accessories.
672 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Steven Alan Women’s
A curated collection of subversive classics, grounded in American roots.
373 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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Rough Trade NYC
Venerable independent record store for obscure & mainstream CDs & vinyl, plus live music & a bar.
64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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MeMe Antenna
Funky gift shop providing a mix of audio electronics & instruments, plus housewares & local goods.
218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Rebel Rouser
Vintage punk record store in Bushwick.
867 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Kings Theatre
The Kings Theatre, formerly Loew's Kings Theatre, is a movie palace-type theater in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.
1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226, USA
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is a performing arts venue known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance.
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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Market Hotel
DIY rock club with cheap drinks and eclectic acts.
1140 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA
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The Center for Arts & Culture at Bed-Stuy Restoration
A dynamic space for world-class performing and visual arts that promotes social justice and global stories.
1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA
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The Living Gallery
Modern space dedicated to the arts with rotating exhibits, live music & classes for kids & adults.
1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA
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Brooklyn Bowl
Genre-defying bowling alley in Williamsburg with high-tech lanes, live tunes & food by Blue Ribbon.
61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Co-op 87 Records
New York's most tasteful Record Shop! Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
87 Guernsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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10 ft Single by Stella Dallas
Modest store selling a sizable assortment of men's & women's vintage clothing, shoes & more.
285 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Brooklyn Denim Co.
Industrial store offering a selection of men's & women's jeans, shirts & other denim clothing.
85 N 3rd St #101, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Fox & Fawn
Pint-sized store featuring a host of used & vintage streetwear & other clothing plus jewelry too.
570 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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Gimme Coffee
Espresso, drip brews & small-batch roasted coffee beans are the draws at this small cafe.
495 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Burly Coffee
Spartan-chic spot for fancy cups of joe, espresso, chai, tea, donuts, pastries & more.
832 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA
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Gorilla Coffee
Snug local hangout known for its espresso & drip coffee brewed from fair-trade, house-roasted beans.
472 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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Greene Grape Annex
Bright, charming cafe with ample seating, espresso & a menu of artisanal small plates & pastries.
753 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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Black Brick Coffee
Dimly lit cafe offering Stumptown coffee & baked goods in a subdued setting with vintage decor.
300 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Sweatshop
Stylish, minimalist coffee shop & design collective offering light bites & various items for sale.
232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Shea Stadium BK
Shea Stadium BK is a recording studio/space dedicated to documenting live performances.
20 Meadow St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Baby’s All Right
Cool haunt offering live music most nights, plus gourmet bar fare, creative drinks & weekend brunch.
146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Silent Barn
The Silent Barn is a collectively directed community art space in Brooklyn, NY.
603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Music Hall of Williamsburg
Indie-rock fans groove to live music at this popular triple-tiered club with 3 bars.
66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Rucola
Farm-to-table Northern Italian fare is served all day in this compact, lumber-lined space.
190 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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Shake Shack
Hip, counter-serve chain for gourmet takes on fast-food classics like burgers & frozen custard.
409 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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Archie’s Bar & Pizza
Hole-in-the-wall venue serving pizza, pasta & grinders, plus beer, wine & cocktails, until 4 AM.
128 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA
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Maya Taqueria
Cozy place with limited seating offering seafood, meat & chicken tacos & burritos.
637 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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Oregano
Italian eatery with homemade pastas plus Neapolitan-style pies cooked at 1,200 degrees.
102 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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The Meat Hook
Cool butcher shop offering beef, pork, lamb & poultry products sourced from local farms.
397 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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Cafe Colette
American eatery popular for brunch, with a tin ceiling & zinc bar adding a vintage vibe.
79 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Blue Bottle Coffee
Trendy cafe chain offering upscale coffee drinks & pastries, plus beans & brewing equipment.
160 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Five Leaves
This chill Greenpoint bistro offers New American fare with an Aussie accent & brunch options.
18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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Brooklyn Roasting Company
Offering the best quality Fair Trade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance certified coffees & espressos hand roasted in NYC.
240 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Sea Wolf
Place with a beachy vibe for oysters, grilled fish & other seafood, plus frozen drinks & DJs.
19 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
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House of Yes
Funky venue showcasing dance, circus, theater & cabaret performances in a former ice warehouse.
2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
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The Anchored Inn
Local bar with craft beer & shots, Mexican-American pub food & funky decor such as velvet paintings.
57 Waterbury St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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King Noodle
Inventive Pan-Asian stir-fries & tiki drinks served in a hip, multicolored space with a disco ball.
1045 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
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Allswell
American pub with a daily changing menu served in an old-time setting with a communal table.
124 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Norbert’s Pizza
Brick-walled corner joint with a hip, old-school vibe serving vegetarian pizza plus cinnamon swirls.
4 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA
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Giuseppina’s Brick Oven Pizza
Cozy brick-oven pizzeria serving thin-crust pies with ample toppings & calzones, plus beer & wine.
691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
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Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket's flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market  of its kind.
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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Spumoni Gardens
Sicilian square pizza & ice cream from an old-school Italian counter that opened in 1939.
2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223, USA
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Newtown
Cozy neighborhood cafe specializing in vegetarian Mediterranean dishes with some vegan options.
55 Waterbury St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Sixpoint Brewery
Founded in 2004, this brewery prides itself on creativity and bold flavors.
40 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
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Pioneer Works
Pioneer Works is a non-profit foundation in Red Hook that fosters multidisciplinary creativity in the arts and sciences.
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
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Admiral’s Row
At the time of the Civil War, the southwestern edge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard rested Admiral’s Row, a series of Second Empire-style mansions occupied by naval personnel. Today you can revisit the dilapidated, abandoned structures and its history.
16 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is a 1,826-foot-long platform and pedestrian walkway over Interstate 278.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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Diner
Retro railcar environs & seasonal New American eats draw cool sorts to this funky spin on the diner.
85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Marlow & Sons
A New American menu with a farm-fresh emphasis is updated daily at this popular Williamsburg spot.
81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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La Goulette
Informal restaurant doling out traditional Tunisian & Mediterranean fare in colorful surroundings.
159 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Gawad Deli Grocery Store
Hand picked specialties from around the globe are featured in this neighborhood style grocery.
266 Throop Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Dough Doughnuts
Lively corner shop for house made doughnuts with inventive glazes & fillings plus French-press coffee.
448 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA
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The Commodore
Fried chicken, biscuits & other Southern dishes in a low-key saloon where you order at the bar.
366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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WNYC Transmitter Park
WNYC Transmitter Park is a 6.61-acre public park located where Greenpoint Avenue dead-ends by the East River shoreline.
WNYC Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The museum tells the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1863, the tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.
103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Prospect Park
Prospect Park is Brooklyn's flagship park.
Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
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Grand Army Plaza
Grand Army Plaza, originally known as Prospect Park Plaza, is a public plaza that comprises the northern corner and the main entrance of Prospect Park.
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Williamsburgh Savings Bank
Known for its neoclassical architecture, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank was an important institution in Brooklyn from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.
545 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park on the Brooklyn side of the East River in New York City. The park has revitalized 1.3-miles of Brooklyn's post-industrial waterfront.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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Dean Playground
A Brooklyn staple that hosts pickup games throughout the week.
Dean Playground, Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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