Escape the noisy and commercialized city center and head to the mellow Prospect Heights neighborhood, adjacent to the city’s renown green oasis, Prospect Park. Prospect Heights is primarily a residential community composed of brownstones and luxury condos, as the area is known to display the collision between history and modernity. Almost completely free of tourists, both Prospect Heights and Prospect Park will show you an entirely new sector of New York City in a refreshing manner, showcasing the best of dining and shopping as well as libraries, museums, and park spaces in the community.
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There are a hand-full of galleries throughout Prospect Heights where you are able to admire and browse the art of local artists. If you are on the hunt for an authentic souvenir, consider Soapbox Gallery, Heintz Art Metal, Sylvia Harris Llc, Fred Bentheim, Renate Albertsen-Marton Gallery (RAM), and Barataria Gallery. You will also find art throughout Prospect Park as well. Look for the Music Pagoda, a former concert and theatre hub until the 1960s. Although the original burnt down in 1968, its identical replica has been standing in solitude since 1971, since the Bandshell in Prospect Park is now used for music and artistic performances. Every summer, the bandshell host the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! free and benefit concert series, bringing the community of art and music lovers together in this magical park.
CULTURAL & HISTORIC HUBS
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Prospect Height’s history began in 1776 when the Battle of Brooklyn of the Revolutionary War occurred here, and nearly 100 years later in 1867, Prospect Park opened to the public. Later, the Brooklyn Museum opened in 1897 followed two years later by the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences as well as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, which is the world’s first children’s museum and is thriving today. Basketball enthusiasts will love the MJ23 Moments Museum, the largest Michael Jordan Museum in the world. Other museums in the area include the Jewish Children’s Museum and the Museum of Women’s Resistance. There are also many noteworthy monuments and figures in Prospect Park, including the Abraham Lincoln figure, the Battle Pass Historic Marker, the Dongan Oak Marker, the James S.T. Stranahan figure, General Henry Warner Slocum, Edvard Grieg Memorial, the Dragon Fountain and many more. If you want to head back in time, simply stroll through Prospect Park to piece together all of the memorials. While in the park, a trip to both the Prospect Park Zoo and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is a great way to spend a beautiful summer, fall or spring day.
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After spending the day exploring and relaxing in Prospect Park, enjoy a meal at one of the homiest and tastiest restaurants in the area. Hit up Morgan’s Barbeque for fall-off-the-bone ribs, Mitchell’s Soul Food for perfectly cooked fried chicken or Faun for a cozy Italian dining experience. You can get California-styled cheap-eats Mexican at Maya Taqueria, or delicious ramen dishes at Chuko Ramen. Want to try Caribbean cuisine? head to The Islands (or actually book a vacation to the Islands). Dine at Cheryl’s Global Soul to sample soul food dishes at excellent prices close by to Prospect Park. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you may be familiar with Tom’s Restaurant, as featured in the photo above, not only famous for its TV appearance, but it’s delicious Greek, American fare. For a quick, cheap, and delicious stop, we recommend Banh Mi Place, offering fresh Vietnamese sandwiches and bubble tea to go. Then later, stop by Ample Hill Creamery a home-made ice cream cone. The Smorgasburg that occurs in Williamsburg on seasonal Saturdays takes place in Prospect Park every Sunday to suit all of your cravings in one place.
NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT
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The Barclay’s Center is a major entertainment hub for sports and events, drawing in millions of viewers each year. The Barclay’s center is home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and the New York Islanders hockey team. Although cheering on a game here is a blast, the venue also hosts several concerts as well. Whether you want to grab drinks before an event or sip after work, there are a number of fun bars in the area. The Way Station is known to have bathrooms just as nice as their cocktails and crowds; The Bearded Lady’s beachy feel will have you craving their $1 oyster happy hour; Soda Bar will give you the best happy hour deals starting at $3 a draft. We also recommend sampling the Prohibition-style cocktails at Tooker Alley or Weather Up. For a more family-friendly approach, check out the LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park for nonstop seasonal ice and roller skating. During the warmer months, consider renting a bike or a boat by the Lakeside, and as mentioned earlier, keep an eye open for the next artists coming to the Bandshell.
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There are no department stores or shopping complexes in Prospect Heights, which is kind of refreshing. Yet from brand names like True Religion, to indie steals and Sneakers and Cereal at Kith NYC on Flatbush Avenue, there are enough shopping venues to entertain your Saturday spendings. You’ll find the trendiest bohemian-flared women’s attire at O.N.A., and all things personal-picked vintage at either Hooti Couture or 1 of a Find Vintage. Take a shopping break and dive into a book at Prospect Park’s most famous bookstore, Unnamable Books. For cute and quirky gifts, Planet Cute will have everything you didn’t know you needed. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, window shop down either Flatbush Avenue or Washington Avenue. And when we say down we mean it, Brooklyn is a hilly borough, and unless you plan to work your glutes while shopping, we recommend making your way from Prospect Park down to the Barclay’s Center.
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