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Day 86: Prospect Park

In Brooklyn, NYC, NYC for free, NYC Parks, things to do in NYC on August 25, 2009 at 11:45 pm


Bordering the cozy Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, known for its historic brownstones and tree-lined streets, lies the borough’s 585-acre green space, Prospect Park. Designed and built in the late 1800s by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, also known for Manhattan’s gem Central Park, it welcomes thousands of visitors year-round who go looking for an escape to nature. With endless activities from hiking the trails, running or bicycling on the 3.35-mile path, pedal-boating on the 60-acre lake, and bird-watching the more than 200 bird species known to perch in the park, summer is the ideal season to stop by. For the laziest of activities, visit the park’s Long Meadow that sprawls nearly a mile in length offering endless hills of grass, giant shade trees and plenty of open space perfect for a summer afternoon picnic. Enjoy the bright blue sky, the gentle sounds of leaves rustling in the breeze and the warmth of sun of your face. If only summer could last forever!


Day 81: Movies With a View

In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, NYC for free, NYC Parks, things to do in NYC on August 20, 2009 at 11:58 pm


As if a movie on the big screen, outdoors on a warm summer night isn’t magical enough, once a week in Dumbo you can watch one the under the lights of the Brooklyn Bridge and those of the Manhattan skyline twinkling in the distance. Now in its tenth year, Syfy’s Movies With A View makes a spot on the grass in Brooklyn Bridge Park the most coveted piece of land on Thursday nights. Crowds gather early spreading blankets and sprawling out, to catch up with friends, share a picnic or do nothing but relax to the sounds of Brooklyn Radio while waiting for the sun to set. (Movies start at sundown). Aside from the free entertainment aspect of it, the event is one of summer’s best activities simply because of the setting. You very well may find yourself swept away more by the view than the movie itself!

 Through August 27

Day 78: Redhook

In Brooklyn, New York Water Taxi, NYC, Redhook, Statue of Liberty, things to do in NYC on August 17, 2009 at 11:32 pm


Just south of Manhattan and across the river to the East, is Brooklyn’s Redhook. An industrial neighborhood of old shipyards, that in recent years has welcomed two shiny new mega-stores, gentrification seemed to have once been on the horizon, but the desolate streets and ramshackle buildings indicate the process may have come to a halt. Still, the water taxi ride is enough to make going a nice afternoon adventure. The twenty-minute trip carries passengers past the neighboring Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, Governor’s Island and Lady Liberty (of which there is a stunning head-on from land). The taxi docks at, where else but IKEA whose bright yellow and blue stand out amongst the typical red brick. Van Brunt Street is the main drag with a handful of local favorites, and a bit out of the way there’s Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies (which really are a treat). Order a mini and a Key Limeade to go, step outside and admire the sunshine sparkling on the water. It truly is a New York neighborhood like no other, but as many say, you either like it or you don’t. Worst case, swing into you-know-where for some stackable storage containers or a new bookshelf. Spend ten bucks and they credit you the $5 taxi fare.

Day 77: Pool Parties Series

In Brooklyn, NYC, NYC for free, NYC Parks, Summer 2009, things to do in NYC, Williamsburg on August 16, 2009 at 11:54 pm


There isn’t a pool, but that’s not to say it isn’t a party. Started in 2006 and named for its original venue, the empty McCarren Park Pool, it’s Jelly’s free summer music series known as the Pool Parties. Now taking place at 90 Kent Street in Williamsburg at East River Park, the stage sits along the East River with the Manhattan skyline as the main backdrop. Inside the park, that feels more like a lot, teams of hipsters in short shorts play organized games of basketball and dodgeball while onlookers sizzle in the hot summer sun. Though there’s little in the way of shade, tents border the park selling beer, wine and food, to keep you standing…or of course make you dizzy. If you can handle the heat, it’s a cool Sunday afternoon out of doors. Cool as in all right, that is. 

Sundays 2-8pm through August 30.






Day 67: Smith Street, Court Street

In Brooklyn, NYC, NYC Restaurants, NYC Shopping, things to do in NYC on August 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm


For an afternoon away from the big city, but one that’s still only a train ride away, hop over to Carroll Gardens’s main drag—Smith Street. Though condensed within less than a mile there are great shops specializing in everything from nuts to graphic novels to trendy fashions from the cutting-edge (Bird) to the quirky (check out the rubber shoes at Epaulet!), and an assortment of restaurants and bars for an afternoon snack or an after work drink. Mosey one block west to Court Street where you’ll suddenly find yourself in the neighborhood of Cobble Hill. There you’ll find equally cozy-cool venues for indulging, be it by way of stylish garb (AliKat and Néda) or homemade confections (The Chocolate Room and Sweet Melissa). In between the two neighborhoods you’ll see brownstones on every block and trees lining the streets. You might even find movie trailers lined up along the way and hear rumors that a certain someone is filming nearby…oh like maybe…Julia Roberts!

Day 66: The Putting Lot

In Brooklyn, NYC, NYC Sports and Recreation, Summer 2009, things to do in NYC on August 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm

putting lot

It’s summer time—days out of doors, jean shorts and flip-flops, feeling like a kid again…if only there was a place to put-put. Guess what! There is—for the rest of the summer anyway—thanks to Bushwick’s coolest new neighbor, The Putting Lot. Hop on the L train (and stay a while past your usual stop) to Jefferson Street, where around the corner, nestled in between two buildings, behind a fence at 12 Wycoff Avenue, you’ll find this parking lot turned putting lot, the result of a group of friends wanting to do something creative. As if nine minds came together and each did their best at unconventional-sustainable-cool, the [9-hole] course, built with random objects like water bottles, a car door and used furniture to name a few, illustrates the undeniable fact that in New York, anything goes. Come for a five-dollar game, or just a moment to relax (for free); take a minute and appreciate the little things that make this city the great place that it is.

Day 62: Picnic at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park

In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, NYC for free, NYC Parks, things to do in NYC on August 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm


If there is a postcard-perfect picture of a New York City afternoon, it’s one taken at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park under a bright sky, on a grass of green, in between two great bridges of lower Manhattan, and the city skyline just across the sparkling East River. It’s a coveted spot for weekend picnickers, a mere nine acres, located on the edge of Brooklyn, in the artistic-industrial Dumbo neighborhood. The park’s entrance sits right next to an old tobacco warehouse, now a roofless, red brick structure and can’t-miss landmark. Bring a blanket, the kids, and a Frisbee, for a day of soaking up some summer sun…with some incredible views. Construction is underway on the new Brooklyn Bridge Park which will consist of 85 acres of green space, including the current, adjacent Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Day 60: A Walk Through Williamsburg

In Brooklyn, NYC, NYC Bars, NYC Bookstores, NYC Shopping, NYC Vintage Stores, things to do in NYC on July 30, 2009 at 11:56 pm


Most New Yorkers know of Brooklyn’s hip neighborhood Williamsburg, just across the East River, one stop out of Manhattan on the L train. But if you aren’t a resident yourself, you might not know where to go when you get there. For a day of fun soaking up the artistic and ethnic aspects of the this still burgeoning locality, take a look at the cheat sheet below:

Start your day off with an iced coffee, egg and cheese (2 eggs, queso blanco and salsa verde) and a fresh sugar donut from Maribel at La Villita. Next head over to stylish salon/gift shop (dreamlike Japanese boutique) Commune for a haircut by Chi. With new ‘do, head to Spoonbill & Sugartown to peruse the shelves and with favorite paperback  in hand, head to the park right at the water’s edge at Kent and North 8th for a hour’s read. Next walk over to Beacon’s Closet for a tour through endless racks of vintage goodies sure to jazz up your summer wardrobe. After tiring yourself out there, stop for a late-day mojito at Nita Nita and hang out with great jukebox tunes in one of the neighborhood’s best backyards. Stroll back down Bedford in and out of stylish boutiques and make a stop in Uva wine shop where you’ll find some affordable wines without breaking the bank. Head a way’s further south to Bedford Cheese for a Napoli baguette and some marinated olives. Then turn back around and catch the L back to the city. Once on the train, sit back and smile at all your great finds.

Day 57: Twilight on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, NYC for free, things to do in NYC on July 27, 2009 at 11:50 pm


As charming and picturesque as so much within of Manhattan is, there’s something wonderful about seeing it from afar. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which runs above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway alongside the East River is a perfect place to do just that. The view to the South end of the island is crystal clear and despite the sounds of traffic below, the busyness of the city muted. A famous spot to catch a relaxing hour on a bench, or stroll hand-in-hand with a special someone, the 1/3 mile long walkway welcomes visitors at all hours of the day. Twilight is an especially peaceful time to go—the air slighter cooler and the feeling of a general winding down all around. Lanterns light the path with lush trees and cozy Brooklyn Heights townhouses just beyond. A quick stroll takes no time at all, but in the end, you can’t help feel refreshed.

Day 49: Sunday at Brooklyn Flea

In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC Fleamarkets, NYC for free, NYC Shopping, things to do in NYC on July 19, 2009 at 11:41 pm


Something old, something new, something…patterned, something blue. Some of New York’s best shopping can be found at outdoor flea markets where vendors of both old and new come out to sell their wares. On Sundays, Brooklyn Flea sets up shop under the Brooklyn Bridge, where shoppers get a day to browse the quirky and cool while admiring the unbelievably picturesque view of the majestic bridge and Manhattan beyond. With tables selling everything from stationery and clothing to jewelry, architectural salvage, crafts and handmade items, it’s just as easy to spend a little as it is a lot. Even if you’re not spending at all, it’s a great day in the summer sun with inspiration on every corner.