Spots to Take Five – Brooklyn
Brooklyn and Queens are both so huge that you can go to one neighborhood several times and feel like you’ve seen the whole borough, when in reality you’ve barely scratched the surface. Now I’m no local expert in every single secret the city has to offer, but I’ve done my best to collect some cool different places from all over the map you may or may not have heard about. If you’ve heard of them all, congratulations! You don’t win anything, but you can have a small sense of accomplishment.
House of Wax – Downtown Brooklyn
If you recognize that Halloween is always the superior holiday even after it has long passed, you can get back at your friends who are celebrating Christmas too early by taking them to the House of Wax for a very spooky start to the bar crawl. Not your usual cocktail bar, House of Wax creates a spooky atmosphere with an exhibition of vintage waxwork that will absolutely make your skin crawl after a couple of drinks. Check the website out for some of the creepy death masks and anatomical models on display at the bar. This will surely become any Brooklyn horror-junkie’s favorite haunt, and it’s right around the corner from the excellent Alamo Drafthouse theater chain which is absolutely worth a visit as well!
The Lot Radio – Greenpoint
This amazing independent radio station run out of a shipping container by Greenpoint’s McCarren Park shows that Brooklyn is still at the front of extremely unique artistic projects. The Lot is publicly accessible most of the day for you to come watch the DJ’s, with a coffee kiosk attached you can visit to get a warm drink and support the station. They stream music 24 hours a day, and stream video from the booth for people to check out from home. You can even apply online to have a show of your own. All in all, The Lot Radio would be an extremely cool stop on a Greenpoint walking tour, so be sure to check it out and support independent artists.
Bushwick Market – Bushwick
This eclectic outdoor market is a super-condensed capsule of all the joys of Brooklyn thrifting! You have no idea what you might walk away with when you check this place out, they’ve got everything from potted plants to holiday decorations tocamera lenses! The Market is open every day of the week from 12-8pm, and is smack in the middle of a great neighborhood with several amazing spots to visit while you’re there. If you haven’t seen enough of the outdoors, relax on a bench in Maria Hernandez Park. You could also check out a show at concert venue The Sultan Room, or dance your heart out at Bushwick’s wild House of Yes. All of these spots and more are a super short walk away, and not just short by a New Yorker’s standards.
Waterfront Museum – Red Hook
Some of the most beautiful waterfront views can be found in Brooklyn. There’s the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, or amazing rooftops like Williamsburg’s Westlight. Another place a little further off the beaten path, unless your path is leading towards IKEA, is the Waterfront Museum. This free museum is only open Thursdays from 4pm-8pm and Saturday from 1pm-5pm, and the museum itself is a slice of history as it’s a docked wooden barge. I have a soft spot for small museums, so if you share my quirk visit this spot to learn some cool maritime history, and get a great view of the Statue of Liberty over the water while you’re at it.
Thanks for reading another Spots to TAKE FIVE! We’ll have another one out soon covering Queens, and I’m always keeping an eye out for great new places to show you. If you’ve been going too hard on the gas lately and not giving yourself a chance to recharge, take this as official permission to figure out something fun and relaxing to do ASAP! Remember, we should all make time to TAKE FIVE!