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WELCOME TO MY BEST NEW YORK NY - BROOKLYN

Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs of New York City. It is one of the largest counties (Kings County), by population, in the United States. If Brooklyn were a city, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Approximately 2,539,206 people live in Brooklyn / Kings County (Based on December 2008 data). Brooklyn is not, as some travel sites erroneously state, a New York "neighborhood".

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Moonlight over Brooklyn.
Now and Then: Manhattan Bridge, NY - View to the past?
Old Dumbo rail tracks leading straight to Brooklyn Bridge.
Moon over Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY Manhattan Bridge in the Mirror, Brooklyn, NY Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, cobblestones to Brooklyn Bridge
    Panoramic view of Brooklyn, New York Bay & Southern Manhattan.  Click on image for a huge version of this panorama.
Panorama image of New York Harbor Brooklyn & Southern Manhattan

Early spring in Prospect Park, Brooklyn:  
 Prospect Park, Brooklyn, early spring.



PROSPECT PARK   IS WONDERFUL!


SUMMER EVENTS:


CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!
Second Link
  music-dance-word-film

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
activites & events calendar see image

GENERAL BROOKLYN INFO:

NYC.GOV/HPD info about BROOKLYN



TOP IMAGE: Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza Arch, with bright moon and a "I Declare World Peace" globe lantern.
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BROOKLYN MUSEUM:

Brooklyn Museum and it's rhythmical fountains. The new steps are a popular gathering spot.

BROOKLYN MUSEUM
200 Eastern Parkway
at Washinton Avenue.
Prospect Heights,
Brooklyn, New York 11238
Phone: -(718)- 638-5000

Terrific museum. Warmly
recommended

Brooklyn Museum also hosts the
super popular "First Saturdays"
art & enterntainment events.

The museum has a new restaurant: The NORM.



Brooklyn Museum entrance
Brooklyn Museum Entrance
Jean-Michel Basquiat at Brooklyn Museum
At Brooklyn Museum's excellent Basquiat exhibition.
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BROOKLYN "ROCKS"!

Brooklyn has a vibrant art, design & food scene, with wonderful small shops and restaurants, many of which support local artisanal producers:

Grand Army Plaza Saturday Greenmarket. Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Brooklyn NY

See New York Times article about
Brooklyn's New Culinary Movement.

  Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket btw Prospect Heights & Park Slope.
GAP Greenmarket, Brooklyn btw Prospect Heights / Park Slope
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Park Slope stoops. Click to enlarge:
Park Slope stoop, 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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SOME of the CULTURAL "MUST SEES" in BROOKLYN:


30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: -(718)- 636-4100
Directions    Programs   Calendar
Just fantastic!

BRIC Arts - Media - Bklyn
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
phone: -(718)- 855-7882
Email: bric@bricartsmedia.org    second link



BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Jan 12—Mar 13: "As You Like It"
By William Shakespeare.
Part of the 2010 Spring Season and
The Bridge Project

BRICK Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: -(718)- 875-4047

BARGE MUSIC
"New York City’s floating concert hall"
2 Old Fulton Street (by Brooklyn Bridge)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: -(718)- 624-2083
Map directions
Ditto!

MOCA Gallery
Museum Of Computer Art
139  11th Street
btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 788-1313
Phone: -(917)- 273-3553

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Playing on the beach in Dumbo. In background Jane's Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan.

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BROOKLYN RESTAURANTS:

The absolute coolest time to have dinner in a New York restaurant is when you are hungry. Since the American Revolution, savvy New York restaurateurs have recognized this, and have organized their service around the times people are usually hungry. In order to clarify this phenomenon further, they have broken down such service into four general categories (and some minor categories as nowhere discussed below) to coincide with general times of hunger. New York restaurateurs have thus given the clever and oh-so-hip names to such times as, in no particular order, "Breakfast", "Brunch", "Lunch" and "Dinner" :

FINE DINING:

RIVER CAFE
1 Water Street, "under" Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: -(718)- 522-5200

The classic that is still going strong. Great location, superb service & delicious food. We have liked River Cafe for decades. It might be a bit touristy, but that does not mean locals cannot love it, too.

Delicious River Cafe Scottish salmon at River Cafe, Brooklyn, NYC
River Cafe Salmon. Delicious.

CHEF'S TABLE at Brooklyn Fare
200 Schermerhorn Street. Brooklyn, NY 11201
See restaurant;s web page for booking details.

Brooklyn’s only three Michelin-starred restaurant. Intimate space with 18 seats by the kitchen counter. Chef Cesar Ramirez. This Prix-fixe dinner w. twenty+ small plate courses.

PROSPECT HEIGHTS:

Restaurant JAMES
605 Carlton Avenue at St Marks Avenue
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238,
Phone: -(718)- 942 - 4255

Deliccious food. Friendly & efficient
staff. Fun room & happening atmosphere.

For a longer review about James, see:
My Best New York NY: James Restaurant Review
& photos

The place is mobbed during weekend evenings,
the crowd seems to like both the martinis and the
food, before heading out to other entertainment.
The noise level is high.

We have sampled numerous different dishes at James and we are happy to say that this chef can seriously cook!

James' policy of taking reservations only for groups
of 6 or more is quite inconvenient for hungry
patrons; the wait can at times be quite long. This
does not seem to deter fans, who have discovered
the restaurant's delicious food, good drinks and
friendly service.

Prospect Heights and close by residents can be really happy about having a restaurant like James in their area. We just wish that they started to
take reservations for smaller groups.

The wine list is short, but there are some nice wines
on it. James' drinks seem to be popular.

LATER VISITS:
Fall 2013: Still going strong.
The food is consistently excellent, this is still our favorite place in the area.
The feeling is very welcoming; the whole staff very friendly - and the atmosphere is almost like re-energized.

Since we love fish so much and since Mr Calvert and his team really seem to know how to prepare it, we have ordered mostly fish dishes (both specials and menu dishes) for main course this summer. The food is so good, we keep coming back.

In addition to the delicious fish for main course, we have loved their scallop dish, and flavorful strip steak with crisped potatoes.
For appetizer we love their scrumtious shrimp in a very light phylo, their super fresh oysters and last but not least, the beet salad (for us, without dairy).
Late summer & fall 2014: Just loving James. So good.

Restaurant James, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY:
Restaurant James, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn NY



TOM'S RESTAURANT BROOKLYN

782 Washington Avenue, corner of Sterling Pl.
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 636-9738
(only open for breakfast and lunch).

This historic diner has delighted the neighborhood
since 1936. It was founded by Tom Vlahavas and
is now run by his son, Gus.

Tom’s is a super friendly place that is very popular
amonglocals and visitors alike. People leave with
smiles, delighted by the service, the goodies and
the fun decorations, including great vintage signs
on display.

SUNSHINE COMPANY
780 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
Phone: -(347) - 750-5275
sunshineco780@gmail.com
Sunshine Company on fb

We enjoyed our dinner for 4 here a lot. We all had seafood; fish & scallops. Quite tasty. Friendly & efficient service.

CHERYL'S GLOBAL SOUL
236 Underhill Avenue btw. Lincoln Place & Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Phone: -(347)- 529-2855
Cheryl's Global Soul, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York, NY


ZAYTOONS
594 Vanderbilt Ave, corner of
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 230-3200

Middle Eastern cuisine and pitza. 
image of Zaytoons Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights

Other locations:
-283 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: -(718)- 875-1880
-472 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: -(718)- 623-5522 Restaurant Zaytoons on Vanderbilt Avenue. Click to enlarge.

PROSPECT HEIGHTS:

WHITE TIGER
601 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718) - 552-2272
Email: Info@WhiteTiger.nyc

Wonderful, genuinely super, super friendly little place that serves Korean food "with a twist", reflecting the chef's culinary background.
Seems to us there is something for everyone here (we are fussy eaters), and the ingredients are very fresh. Quoting their site: " The menu is made with primarily organic, or sustainably farmed vegetables. Our chicken and beef are mainly organic or pastured, from D'Artagnan."
White Tiger seeems very popular, and is often packed in the evenings and during weekend brunch. They also have outfdoor seating.

Pan-fried Organic Tofu Sandwich (v) Ginger Scallion Chicken Salad - gluten free (without the bread that comes with it)
A few dishes from the lunch/brunch menu. The images do not do justice; they are quite delicious. We also love their Kimchi fries - maybe a bit too much :-)
White Tiger restaurant, interior.

CHUKO
565 Vanderbilt Ave, (Corner of Pacific St)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(347) - 425 9570

Snacks-Bites- Ramen. Very popular. Delicious ramen and loving the Kale salad. "Brainchild of three ramen geeks with chops from the trenches of modern Japanese cuisine."
Chuko fb page

AMORINA PIZZA
624 Vanderbilt Avenue, at Prospect Pl
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238-3804
Phone: -(718)- 230-3030

Thin crust, Roman style pizzas & hearty pastas. Delicious pizzas, pastas & salads; consistently highly rated. Friendly service.
Amorina on Facebook
NYmag review


BROOKLYN MILK BAR
(former Garden Cafe space)
620 Vanderbilt Ave at Prospect Place
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
Phone: -(718)- (718) 230-0844
 

 Brooklyn Milk Bar, interior image. Click to enlarge:
Brooklyn Milk Bar, 620 Vanderbilt Ave at Prospect Place, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn NY 11238

This welcome addition to the neighborhood was
quite  popular from the start and just keeps being popular.

The food is fresh and tasty, from breakfast fare
to sandwiches and salads and baked goods, etc. Their cappuccino & espresso is among the best we have tasted - and can be made with both almond or soy milk..

The staff is really friendly, and mostly quite efficient. For example, we have found Milk Bar is perfect for quick lunches, when we are pressed for time.

The space, whiile small, is open and bright. At the far end of the room, there is a counter with food a display cabinet, coffee making machines, etc. .

In the middle of the room there is a communal type "country" table with chairs around it, and on the
sides there are some small tables, including in the
elevated area of the room. That area now has a
small window on the wall, offering a nice cross
breeze on hot days.

In front of the huge new windows that face Vanderbilt
Avenue and their new patio, there is a long "bar"
counter & modern bar stools. Those windows slide completely open, which is a nice feature when
the weather is warm. It is a good spot to sit and
watch the street life.   Patio image

Images of Milk Bar, from their Face Book pages

Milk Bar's cozy corner. Click to enlarge:Milk Bar Fall colors Prospect Heights Brooklyn NY
Milk Bar exterior and patio;  corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Prospect Place.

INAKA - Asian Cuisine
597 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights
Brooklyn NY 11238
Phone: - (718) - 398 -8168   / - (718) - 398 -8169)

Delicous, fresh sushi. Good service.


MAYA TAQUERIA
637 Vanderbilt Ave,
Prospect Heights Brooklyn NY 11238
Phone: - (718) - 638 -6292

Popular, convenient neighborhood place with pretty good food. Friendly service. Patio in the back. Stay in, take out or order out. Maya Taqueria, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Maya Taqueria's prawn salad and warm weather patio:
Prawn sSalad at Maya Taqueria, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY Summer Patio at Maya Taqueria, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

PROSPECT HEIGHTS:

THE NORM RESTAURANT + Bar
at the Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 935-9842
Fax: -(718)- 935-9844
Email: info@saulrestaurant.com

"Inspired by the cultural diversity of Brooklyn. Led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton, the menu encourages a gastronomic exploration of the borough’s multi-cultural heritage, incorporating Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Indo-Chinese and all-American elements."

Norm is open from 11 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
The Norm takes reservations.

OLMSTED
Seasonal New American - and quite a special farm to table form - menu from partners Greg Baxtrom, chef [formerly of Alinea, Atera, Blue Hill Stone Barns (chef de cuisine for 2 years), Per Se & Lysverket in Norway] and Ian Rothman, former horticulturist at Atera.

659 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 552 -2610
Email: contact@olmstedNYC.com

Instantly wildly popular and packed by both enthusiastic neighbors and visitors from further away.

Dinner at Olmsted, July 2nd - our first there. From everything we had heard and read, we expected it to be good, but we're still blown away.
The food was so inventive, with wonderful flavors.
On top of that, the vibe at Olmsted is really good - and the staff is super friendly and easygoing, rolling with our silly jokes. We want to go back as soon as possible.

Snacks: we shared the Crawfish Boil Crackers and the Fried Fiddlehead Ferns.
Plates (starters): we shared Radish Top Gazpacho, Smoked Trout Roe, Lemon Balm and the very clever Beet salad.
Plates (main): Grilled Hake w. Rhubarb, Brown Butter, Swiss Chard And NY Grass Fed Steak w. Potato “Dauphinoise”, Tarragon, Lemon
Dessert: Cheese fondue w. apples, radishes and croutons (without the croutons). Quite good. And just the right size with a beautiful and very clever presentation.

Fried Fiddlehead Ferns Crawfish Boil Crackers Radish Top Gazpacho, Smoked Trout Roe, Lemon Balm, Olmstead, Brooklyn, NY Beet Salad, Olmsted, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY NY Grass Fed Steak, Tarragon, Lemon, Olmsted, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY Grilled Hake w. Rhubarb, Swiss Chard - Olmsted, Brooklyn
Early look by Eater and by Zagat


The VANDERBILT
579 Vanderbilt Avenue at Bergen Street
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 623-0570

Small plates & cocktails, beer and a few wines. The menu is divided in six groups: Hors D'oeuvres, Charcuterie, Vegetables, Fish, Meat (including Fowl) & Desserts. There is a smoker at premises. Many ingredients are prepared in-house.
Popular from the start and still seems to be going strong.
We like Vanderbilt, but find it very meat-heavy - and heavy. There are not so many choices for vegetarian-pescaterians. If you, like me, do eat lean meat occasionally, the choices are a bit better.
We could not get their roasted vegetables made in oil instead of butter. (My guess is that they are pre-marinated with the butter. For people with lactose intolerance or who do not eat butter for health reasons, this further reduces the diner's choices.) We also found that the tomato/potato/bean side dish for the whole fish had an over-powering smoky flavor which, in our opinion, did not work at all) and super oily: this side dish that first looked so promising, was a disappointment. The whole roasted Dorado was succulent and fresh.
The service is efficient and quite friendly, even bubbly.
The wine list had a some reasonably prized positive surprises.
The Vanderbilt Restaurant DiningRoom View - Prospect Heights Brooklyn NY
Above: Vanderbilt's dining room, with a cozy view to the Street.
Below: The corner of Vanderbilt & Bergen. Click photos to enlarge.

The Vanderbilt Restaurant & Bar, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY


La Mujer Gala is closed. A loss to the neighborhood.

la mujer GALA restaurant, in Brooklyn Tomato Tuna Empanadas - Empanadas de Atun con Tomate -  at la mujer GALA in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY Roasted Branzino w lemon & herbs - Pescado al Horno at la mujer Gala, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Cured Mackerel with Ajo Blanco and Tapenade  - Caballa Marinada, Ajo Blanco y Tapenade at la mujer GALA, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY Crispy Purple Potatoes with Canary Island Green Pesto - Patatas Moradas con Mojo Verde at la mujer GALA, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY Cozy & romantic dining room at la mujer GALA

Cooklyn HAS CLOSED

606 R&D - CLOSED

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PARK SLOPE

FONDA Comida Mexicana
434 7th Avenue (btwn. 14th / 15th Streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 369-3144

Also locations in Chelsea and East Village.

World class food with an authentic Mexican,
contemporary twist. Fonda is very popular, for
a very good reason.

This is a small, super friendly restaurant with a
backyard garden, delicious food & a very attentive,
warm an efficient service. Everybody seems so nice.

We have enjoyed numerous brunches here, and our
recent dinners at Fonda have confirmed our love for
this wonderful little restaurant:
-The "Ceviche Acapulco" -citrus marinated striped
bass with tomatoes, onions, olives and cilantro- was
superb.
-The pumpkin seed crusted fillet of striped bass over
salsa verde and grilled asparagus was just amazing!
While quite wonderful, the additional flavors did not
interfere or mask the deliciousness and the
freshness of the fish. Happiness.
-We also love the excellent, spicy shrimp & scallop
enchiladas with spicy hazelnut mole.

Restaurant Fonda's great Guacamole. Click to enlarge:
Mexican Restaurant Fonda, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

-Fonda's freshly made Guacamole (we order it hot),
served in a traditional stone bowl with chips, small
tortillas and red sauce is so tasty that we cannot get
enough of it. Also: Fonda's black beans were the best
black beans I have tasted. Everything seemed super
fresh and quite expertly prepared.

The other starters are also terrific:
- the "Quesadillas con hongos" (hand pressed corn
tortillas with Chihuahua & Oaxaca cheeses, sautéed
mixed mushrooms and chile de arbol salsa) were a
delight, as were the
-"Taquitos de Carne Asada" (corn tortillas filled with
sliced grilled pasilla marinated skirt steak, topped with
onions and cilantro, served with chile de arbol salsa).
They look so unassuming, but deliver joyous flavors
with full force.
-We have also enjoyed the super fresh & tasty
Ensalada Verde many times.

Even the desserts have been quite tasty. How many
times have you had dinner where every single
dish, from starters to dessert, has been excellent?

Fonda also serves serious, super good Margaritas.
Our favorites -so far- are the Oro, the Guava  & the Tamarindo margaritas. The popular Rosalita,
with hibiscus infusion, is terrific, too.

We were wondering how an unassuming little
restaurant in park Slope can be so classy. One (big)
explanation is that the chef and owner, Roberto
Santibañez, has an impressive culinary background.
Among other things, he has been the director of Rosa
Mexicano restaurants in New York.
We are happy that he decided to come to Park Slope.
We always leave wanting to come back soon.

In addition to the delicious, high end cooking, we
also love it that Fonda takes advance reservations,
even for parties of just two

APPLEWOOD
501 11th Street btwn. 7th & 8th Avenues
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 788-1810

Seasonal menu, driven by "respect for the
natural flavors of fresh and organic ingredients".
Big plus: Applewood takes reservations.

CUBANA CAFE
80 6th Avenue, corner of Flatbush & St Marks Pl.
CLOSED.

Santa Fe Grill, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Click to enlarge:


SANTA FE GRILL Santa Fe Grill, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
62 7th Avenue,
corner of Lincoln Pl
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: -(718)- 636-0279

Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

FRANNY'S
348 Flatbush Avenue
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn NY 11217
Phone: -(718)- 230 0221

Thin crust pizza, high quality ingredients, house cured sausages, and good appetizers. They also serve pastas. Very popular. So popular,  that the waits can be quite long. No reservations.

Also see Brooklyn Larder

ANTONIO'S pizza
318 Flatbush Avenue, btw. Sterling & Park Pl.
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 398-2300

This is a true neighborhood pizza store: established in 1950, it is the oldest pizza place in Park Slope. Great for delivery, or a quick bite in the store, Antonio's serves good pies, slices (also on whole wheat) and an array of other dishes: Calzones, rolls, salads, Italian dishes, platters, hot baked dishes and heros.

CAFE REGULAR DU NORD
158 Berkeley Place, by 7th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: -(718)- 783-0673 (temporary number).

Cafe Regular Du Nord, Berkeley Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Cafe Regular Du Nord, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Delicious espressos and cappucinos.Cafe Regular Du Nord, Berkeley Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

CAFE REGULAR
318 11th Street, at 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 768-4170

Links to Some Good Restaurant Sites:
-The Brooklyn Paper - Dining listings
-NY Magazine Restaurant pages: All of Brooklyn
choose the neighborhood you are interested in.
-NY Magazine: Best of New York -food
-ZAGAT restaurants BEST- list
-Gayot -Dining

AL DI LA
248 5th Avenue, corner of Carrol PArk Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215-1201 Phone: -(718)- 636-8888 "Uncompromising Northern Italian cooking". No reservation

STONE PARK CAFE
324 5th Avenue, corner of 3rd Street
Park slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 369-0082

Santa Fe Grill,7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Santa Fe Grill, 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.


GET FRESH Table & Market
370 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 360-8469
info@getfreshnyc.com

Restaurant & Grocery, serving / selling
local, organic & seasonal food, including take-out.

CONVIVIUM OSTERIA
68 5th Avenue, corner of St Marks
Brooklyn, NY 11217-2021
Phone: -(718)- 857-1833

Convivium "combines the culinary and aesthetic
traditions of old world Italy, Spain, and Portugal".

This is a wonderful little restaurant: The room is
cozy and romantic; the service is professional
and attentive (we really did not expect this level
service from a "little corner restaurant") and the
food is quite delicious.
There is good news for fish & seafood fans:
there are a lot of seafood dishes on the menu
- and they are fresh and well-prepared.
The wine list is also surprising: it has some true
gems on it.
We absolutely loved the seafood tapas starter for
two, and also the pasta with lobster & olive oil.
The rack of lamb with cauliflower was good too,
although  I found the port wine sauce too sweet;
it collided with the wonderful (Spanish red) wine
that we were drinking.
If you like Mediterranean style dining, this place is
a true joy.

We also love it that Convivium takes reservations
in advance.

TALDE
369 Seventh Avenue (near 11th St),
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: - (347) - 916-0031

Casual Asian-American Restaurant & Bar, featuring "a variety of market-driven ingredients and local Brooklyn products, combined with Chef Talde’s talents and sense of fun". Very popular from the start. Very friendly service.

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN - 2 locations in Brooklyn:
Park Slope:
239 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Phone: - (347) - 986 -1131
Broklyn Heights:
121 Montague Street (btwn Henry & Hicks Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: -(718)- 858 -3078

Fresh ingredients / food formula (and look of the space) that we have liked alot at the Manhattan location that we visit from time to time.
Unfortunately the service has been painfully slow and, lets put it nicely; absentminded at the Park Slope location. (2 out of 3 visits)


Corner of 5th Avenue & 5th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
  
Belleville patio Park Slope Brooklyn NY

KULUSHKÄT Gourmet Falafel
446 Dean Street, btwn 5th & Flatbush Avenues,
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: -(347)- 799-1972
Email: info@kulushkat.com
Review in NY Times
Review in Prospect Heights Patch

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BUSHWICK:

KING NOODLE
045 Flushing Avenue (Morgan Avenue)
Bushwick, Brooklyn
Phone: -(718)- 456-6543

ROBERTA'S
261 Moore Steet (nr. Bogart St), Brooklyn, NY 11206
Phone: -(718)- 417-111

BLANCA (at Roberta's)
261 Moore Steet (nr. Bogart St), Brooklyn, NY 11206

A twelve-counterseat tasting restaurant, serving 20+ courses with an additional sake, beer & wine pairing program.

GOWANUS

FREEK'S MILL
285 Nevins Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: - (718)- 852-3000
Email: info@freeksmill.com

NY Times Review with slide show of the delicious looking food.

GREENPOINT:

LUKSUS
615 Manhattan Avenue (Nassau Avenue)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Phone: -(718)- 389-6034
Email: reservation@torstnyc.com
images & hours

A "back-room tasting-menu restaurant" at the beer bar Tørst.
A daily changing five-course menu, with a twist of Scandinavian tastes. Beer pairings on Tuesdays.

TØRST (means "thirst")
615 Manhattan Avenue (Nassau Avenue)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Phone: -(718)- 389-6034
Email: info@torstnyc.com
Infromation & images on facebook

COBBLE HILL:

La Vara
268 Clinton Street (nr. Verandah Pl)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: -(718)-422-0065

Spanish cuisine / Tapas

CARROL GARDENS:

BATTERSBY Brooklyn
255 Smith Street (btwn Douglass & Degraw)
Brooklyn, NY 11231 Phone: -(718)- 852-8321

Contemporary, no nonsense American food: Delcious.

BattersbyBK images on instagram

RED HOOK:

POK POK NY
127 Columbia Street (@ Kane St.) Brooklyn, NY 11231 Phone: -(718)- 923-9322

CROWN HEIGHTS:

BAR CORVO
791 Washington Ave, Crown Heights,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 230-0940
"....restaurant and bar from the owners of al di la Trattoria."
Bar Corvo on fb

WILLIAMSBURG:

DRESSLER
149 Broadway, btw. Driggs and Bedford Avenues 
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211 
Phone: -(718)- 384-6343

Contemporary American.
Dressler has one Michelin star.

The BROOKLYN STAR
33 Havemeyer Street, near North 7th Street,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 599-9899

CAFE DE LA ESQUINA at Wythe Diner,
225 Wythe Avenue,
btwn North 3rd Street & Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)-393-5500
E-mail: info@esquinaBK.com

TACO CHULO
318 Grand Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: -(718)- 302-2485

EL ALMACEN no web site, see menupages
557 Driggs Avenue, near 7th Street,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 218-7284

BROOKLYN WINERY Wine Bar
213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: -(347)- 763-1506

"... Wine by the glass and flights of wine to encourage exploration and help you discover which varietals of wine from around the world you like best. Knowledgeable staff, answering your wine-related questions / offering friendly guidance in the world of wine. No wine snobbery allowed!..."
Sounds good to us.

DITMAS PARK:

Milk Bar owners branched out to Ditmas Park,
where they are opened
CAFE MADELINE
1603 Cortelyou Road @ 16th St
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 941-4020
Cafe Madeline of facebook

CONEY ISLAND:

GARGIULO'S Restaurant
2911 West 15th Street
Coney Island, Brooklyn , NY 11224
Phone: -(718)- 266-4891

Established in 1907, serving Neapolitan fare. Coming to Coney Island can be a frustsrating experience for people who do not want to eat hot dogs or other fast food fare. Gargiulo's offers a welcome alternative.

We had a delightful lunch here recently. Pasta with olive oil and garlic, pasta with clams, grilled giant shrimp with salad and sauteed vegetables were all fresh and very good, as was the grilled mozzarella cheese with mushrooms, peppers, zucchini. Basic dishes, but fresh and well prepared. Efficient, friendly service.

STEAK HOUSES:

PETER LUGER
178 Broadway, by Driggs Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: -(718)- 387-7400

MORTON'S Brooklyn
339 Adams Street, downtown Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: -(718)- 596-2700
"Just across the Brooklyn Bridge, adjacent to the Marriott."
Brooklyn Paper review

BENCHMARK
339A 2nd Street, at 5th Avenue,
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 965 -7040
Email: info@benchmarkrestaurant.com
On OpenTable
NY Times review

VEGETARIAN

'SNICE CAFE
"... offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, as well as plenty of home made vegan treats made daily. ‘sNice strives to source its ingredients responsibly, using organic when available as well as improving its environmental impact, with biodegradable take out material."

SUSHI:

BLUE RIBBON Brasserie
280 5th Avenue btw. 1st St & Garfield Place
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 840-0404

BLUE RIBBON sushi
278 5th Avenue btw. 1st St & Garfield Place
(next door to Blue Ribbon Brasserie)

The opinions about Blue Ribbon is divided: some people love the place, others really do not. We had a nice dinner there, but were not impressed enoug to go back. The food was OK, the service was efficient, but the noice level was very high and made the place feel way too chaotic. Blue Ribbon takes reservations.

GINZA
296 5th Avenue (btw. 1st/2nd Streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 369-1021

GEIDO
331 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
nr. Prospect Pl.
Phone: -(718)- 638-8866

A pioneer on Flatbush, Geido has become wildly popular, due to what some customers describe as
the best sushi in Brooklyn.

TARO SUSHI
244 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
(Corner of St Marks ave)
Phone: -(718)- 398 - 5240

Also wildly popular, with the same types of customer comments that Geido (above) gets, i.e. "best sushi ever", "freshest around", etc. It is up to you to decide.

SAWA
71 7th Avenue, at Berkeley Place
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: -(718)- 783-1888

Sawa operates in the old Oshima space.

Delicious wine at Tempo Restaurant, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
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AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY - several locations:
• Prospect Heights: 623 Vanderbilt Avenue,
• Gowanus: 305 Nevins Street
• Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 5
More location info with maps
E-mail: brian@amplehills.com

BLUE MARBLE ICE CREAM
186 Underhill Ave , Brooklyn , NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 399-6926
E-mail: thescoop@bluemarbleicecream.com

BLUE MARBLE - Cobble Hill
196 Court St, Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: - (347) - 384 - 2100

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Brooklyn streets and street corners:

The popular & friendly Milk Bar in Prospect
Brooklyn steeet scene. Milk Bar & its patio. Prospect Heights Brooklyn New York.
Brooklyn, NY. More Milk bar.
Meier building on Plaza Street, Brooklyn
Richard Meier building, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Carlton Avenue Street Light, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Street, night photo

MAMMATUS CLOUDS, June 26, 2009. Click photos to enlarge:

Mammatus clouds a.k.a. mammatocumulus clouds over New York, NY on June 26, 2009.
After a thunderstorm, eerie yellow light and surreal mammatus clouds, a.k.a. mammatocumulus clouds, hover over New York. Above, these mammatus "bubble clouds" hover over Dumbo, Brooklyn Bridge & Manhattan Bridge
Mammatus clouds a.k.a. mammatocumulus clouds over New York, NY on June 26, 2009.
Mammatus clouds are made up mostly of ice crystals & look like a cellular pattern of pouches or bubbles, hanging under the base of a cloud. Just as on this June 2009 evening, at sunset, they often follow thunderstorms.
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GRAND ARMY PLAZA:

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Brooklyn, NY, on a glorious, hot spring day in April, 2009. Click image to enlarge:

GRAND ARMY PLAZA GREENMARKET. Location: Corner of Prospect Park West and Flatbush Avenue, by the GAP Memorial Arch.


Grand Army Plaza Stand, Brooklyn, New York Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. Left image looking toward Prospect Heights and Eastern Parkway & the Library. Right image looking toward Park Slope and the memorial Arch.

Bailey Fountain at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
The Bailey Fountain at Grand Army Plaza, which was designed by Calvert Vaux in 1865-66.
The fountain was designed by architect Edgerton Swarthout and sculptor Eugene Savage and
was completed in 1932.
The large male and female bronze sculptures represent Wisdom and Felicity, standing on the
prow of a ship. They are surrounded by Neptune and his attendant Triton, plus a boy holding a cornucopia.

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Grand Army Plaza, Memorial Arch, view to the entry to Prospect Park

Grand Army Plaza's Memorial Arch, looking toward the Plaza's
Doric columns (four in all) and the entry to Prospect Park

Information about Grand Army Plaza and the Memorial Arch. The Arch was designated an official City landmark in 1973, as was the entire Grand Army Plaza, in 1975.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, the best way to get around in New York:

The best way to experience the sights, sounds, smells, feelings and flavors of New York is to walk around. But to cover bigger distances in shorter times, New York City buses and subways are great. Tour buses have their place, but all you really need to do is hop on a city bus to experience the views, or go down into the subway for a direct bee line to your destination.

The MTA has a terrific web site, offering tons of
information about commute in the NY area, for
all commuters, locals and out-of-towners alike.

LINKS:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority - information page.

ALL MTA MAPS  

MTA TRIP PLANNER; great tool

A selection of other  subway route planners

Below, a few MTA PDF from map -links.
I LOVE these maps.
You can enlarge the map enormously and
navigate easily, by just grabbing & pulling:

NY SUBWAY MAP

NY BUS MAP

BROOKLYN BUS MAP

BRONX BUS MAP

QUEENS BUS MAP

STATEN ISLAND MAP

Roy Lichtenstein at Atlantic Avenue
Station in Brooklyn. Click to enlarge:
Subway Art: Roy Lichtenstein, Reverie (1965) image at Atlantic Avenue Station, Brooklyn, NY
And while you are at it, riding the subway, why don't you turn it into a cultural tour: A link to Subway Art

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Fall foliage view over Brooklyn brownstone rooftops:
Fall Foliage View Over Brooklyn Brownstone Rooftops, NYC.
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INNS / B&B'S

HOTELS:

 

WYTHE HOTEL
80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone:-(718)--460-8000
E-mail: hello@wythehotel.com
Wythe Hotel on fb

McCarren Hotel & Pool
160 North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone:-(718)--218-7500 Reservations

AT HOME IN BROOKLYN
15 Prospect Park West, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 622 5292
Phone: -(646)- 226 0590
E-mail: relax@athomeinbrooklyn.com

New York MARRIOTT at the Brooklyn Bridge
in downtown Brooklyn.
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Phone: -(718)- 246-7000

HOTEL LE BLEU
370 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 11215
Phone: -(718)- 625-1500
E-mail: info@hotellebleu.com

Fairfield Inn and Suites‎
181 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217-3003
Phone: -(718)- 522-4000
brooklynfairfieldinn.com‎

Bed & Breakfast On The Park - CLOSED
In Brownstone Brooklyn, next to wonderful
Prospect Park.

Giant by Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Giant at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK - activites & events calendar

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VANDERBILT AVENUE has come alive, with many new businesses; restaurants, a great wine store, etc:

    Corner of Vanderbilt Ave & Bergen Street, Prospect Heights
    Vanderbilt Avenue, looking toward Grand Army Plaza. Corner of Bergen Street.

Soda on Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights
                                Soda
Fermented Grapes Wine Store in Prospect Heights
FERMENTED GRAPES, on Vanderbilt Avenue, has a very  well thought out selection of wines. They also host
fun and interesting wine tastings. We love supporting this place and also love just brrowsing their selections.

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Prospect Heights is changing fast. Underhill Avenue has come alive with new businesses, even a high end grocery. Below, Cheryl's Global Soul.
Cheryl's Global Soul, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York, NY
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FOOD, DRINK & COOKING RELATED STORES IN BROOKLYN:



FOOD / GREENMARKETS / MARKETS:

 

BLUE APRON FOODS
814 Union Street at Seventh Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 230-3180

"Cheese, Charcuterie & Fine Foods".
Nice little store, packed with delicious stuff. Blue Apron has managed to squeeze in an impressive amount of delicacies into this little space. Great cheese selection. Often maddeningly crowded on weekends.
Blue Apron Foonds, Park Slope. Brooklyn, NY
Blue Apron Foods, click images to enlarge
Blue Apron food store Park Slope Brooklyn

BROOKLYN FARE Kitchen & Market
200 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
On facebook
Goal: "Good foods, great prices, outstanding service".

The BROOKLYN KITCHEN
100 Frost Street, near Meeker Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Phone: -(718)- 349-5032

Jaques Torres CHOCOLATE - Dumbo:
The first Jacques Torres Chocolate location.

66 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Phone: -(718)- 875-1269
E-mail: info@mrchocolate.com
Mon - Sat 9am to 8pm; Sun 10am -6pm.

RED HOOK Wine Co.
177 Dwight Street, Red Hook, NY

A winery in Red Hook! Cool!

BROOKLYN NIGHT BAZAAR

WHOLE FOODS MARKET - Brooklyn
In Gowanus, on Third & 3rd
214 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Phone: -(718)-907-3622
Whole Foods Brooklyn on fb

"... A full range of high-quality natural and organic foods including a vast assortment of locally sourced offerings from some of Brooklyn and the tri-state area’s most highly-regarded local artisans."

UNION MARKET
754 Union St, corner of 6th Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215-1307
Phone: -(718)- 230-5152

Prepared foods, meat/poultry, charcuterie, seafood, produce: veggies/greens/fruit/etc, cheese, dairy/specialty dairy, bakery breads, specialty
grocery, gifts, tastings, etc.

A very nice store, with lots of great stuff.

Second location:
402-404 Seventh Avenue, btw 12th/13th St
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(718)- 499-4026

BROOKLYN LARDER specialty food store.
228 Flatbush Avenue, btw. Bergen St & 6th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: -(718)- 783-1250‎

"International cheeses, cured meats, homemade
sausages, prepared food, sandwiches, olive oils,
sorbetti, chocolates".

A changing menu of sandwiches and seasonal dishes
for take out. Brought to you by Francine Stephens
and Andrew Feinberg, the owners of Franny's.

This is a nice store: clean, friendly and carries a lot
of great stuff.

Our only complaint was that the sandwiches we bought (a BLT and tuna/egg/anjovis, ordered without the egg) for lunch were too plain, and the BLT was small.
At the price point I did expect there to be at least a few pieces of lettuce/greens on the plate, but there was just my one small BLT sandwich and my husband's two, flat sandwiches, where the fish basically was like a very thin smear of tuna and anjovis.  (Even if we ordered it with the egg, there should have been more fish there - and definitely at least a few pieces of lettuce.)
Both on wheat.
Nothing else.

Too bad, because we would have loved to add this to our rotation of lunch places.

GRAND ARMY PLAZA GREENMARKET  
Location: Corner of Prospect Park West
and Flatbush Avenue, by the GAP Memorial
Arch.

GRAND ARMY PLAZA monthly Food Truck Rally.
Very popular, but has also caused an uproar.
More about the Food Truck controversy.

MERMAID’S GARDEN Fish Market
644 Vanderbilt Avenue (at Park Place), Prospect Heights,
Brooklyn, New York
Phone: -(718) -638 -1910
See website for open hours.
Mermaid's Garden on fb

Finally the longtime wishes of all seafood lovers in Prospect Heights, Parks Slope and other surrounding neighborhoods have come true: A good quality fish market, selling sustainable seafood - has opened its doors in Prospect Heights.

A large part of the seafood is from the Northeast. There is, for example, Monkfish, hake, John Dory, flounder, razor clams, oysters, scallops and even skate cheeks.

Prepared foods include seafood salads, lobster pot pie, fish cakes, veggie salads, soups, condiments, dried herbs, pasta, ready-to-eat packed fish like all natural Alaskan black cod and much more.

We have bought and prepared fish from this market: Super fresh and delicious!

THIS is exactly what this area needed. Big YAY!

RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND
284 Van Brunt Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: -(646)- 326 7650

Amazingly fresh lobster! Best lobster we have bought outside of Maine. RHLP also sells amazingly delicious & fresh lobster rolls in two locations in Brooklyn; Brooklyn Flea and under the Brooklyn Bridge. Best rolls in NY.

Spring & summer locations & hours:

-Brooklyn Flea in Ft Greene Sat 11am-5pm

-Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Pl Sunday 10am-5pm
Winter location & hours:  One Hanson Pl.

Red Hook Lobster Pound Lobster Roll stand in Fort Greene:
Red Hook Lobster Pound Lobster Roll Stand in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY
Click photo to enlarge.

LUKE'S LOBSTER
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 11 Water Street
Phone: -(917)- 882-7516

BROOKLYN CHOWDER SURFER
Fish, chowder, lobsters & more.
The founder of the"underground lobster pound" and deliveries of real Boston / Cape Cod lobster rolls. Take a look.

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WINE:

FERMENTED GRAPES    photo, right -->
651 Vanderbilt Ave btw Park & Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 230 3216

FERMENTED GRAPES IS ONE OF OUR
FAVORITE WINE STORES IN NEW YORK.  
WHILE NOT A LARGE PLACE WITH A
HUGE SELECTION,  WHAT THEY HAVE,  
IS A VERY WELL THOUGHT OUT
INTERNATIONAL SELECTION OF WINES
AND DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS, STARTING
FROM CHEAP BUT GOOD PICKS.

Warmly recommended.

BROOKLYN WINERY
213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: -(347)- 763-1506

RED WHITE & BUBBLY
211 5th Ave,
off Union Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: -(718)- 636-9463



Fermented Grapes Wine Store in Prospect Heights

PASSAGE de la FLEUR
573 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: -(718)- 398 -1800

Organic wine. Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff.
Their idea of wine is: "... centered around the principals of organic and biodynamic agriculture... looking for grapes grown without the use of chemicals in the vines (no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers) ... some producers that favor horses to tractors as tractors emit pollution and are very heavy on the soil. We look for wines vinified with indigenous yeast, without chaptalization or enzymes, no or loose filtration and little or no sulfites."

COFFEE STORES:

GORILLA COFFEE
97 Fifth Avenue at Park Place, Park Slope
Phone: -(718)- 230-3244.

Popular place, delicious coffees.

BEER / BREWERIES

The BROOKLYN BREWERY
79 N 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The Brooklyn Brewery on fb


We had a chance to sample the Brooklyn Brewery's very tasty beers at the Fairway patio, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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Brooklyn skyline before developer greed destroyed it. View over Brooklyn neighborhoods to downtown Brooklyn, and some Manhattan buildings, including the construction of WTC Tower One.:
Brooklyn Skyline of downtonw Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights and other neihborhoods.
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MARKETS/FLEAS & general shopping info:




SMORGASBURG by Brooklyn Flea Food Market
Check the locations.

BROOKLYN FLEA see locations.

SHOP BROOKLYN "A borough-wide "shop local" campaign for local residents and visitors, highlighting the service and individuality of Brooklyn's neighborhoods and shopping corridors. It serves to unite Brooklyn's vibrant "Main Streets" under one cohesive banner to promote shopping in Brooklyn and "Brooklyn Bonus" offers."
Directory of participating "indipendent" retailers.

Hazy day view of Brooklyn to New York Bay, the Statue of Liberty and Queen Mary 2, docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Queen_Mary2_RedHook_Brooklyn_NY
Click image for huge version.
Towers of Light, downtown Manhattan, NY.   Click to enlarge:
Towers of Light , Manhattan, New York. View from / over Brooklyn to downtown Manhattan, New York.
I DECLARE WORLD PEACE
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Obscene greed is fouling up Brooklyn. This is part of the infamous Atlantic Yards -project, disingenuoysly now called "Pacific Park". ABsolutely nothing parklike here, on the contrary; this unwelcome project makes the area look like the ugliest parts of Manhattan. In the background, Manhattan skyline colored by february sunset. Click photo:
Manhattan Skyline Sunset behind atrociously ugly, new Atlantic Yards Construction



View from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Lower Manhattan / Financial district, a late
December day.

Unfortunately, construction driven by greed is also destroying the area below / at the end of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and obstructing the famous, landmark-grade views from the Promenade toward Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan. See facts and petition at Save The View Now organisation's website. See also their fb-page, for images, info and more.
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BROOKLYN  CLUBS / BARS / MUSIC VENUES:

SOUTHPAW
125 5th Ave
btwn Sterling & St. John's Places Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: -(718)- 230-0236
Second Link

LUNA LOUNGE
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
info@lunalounge.com

for more Brooklyn

SPUTNIK
262 Taaffe Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: -(718)- 398-6666
Second Link

NORTH SIX
66 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: -(718)- 599-5103
Second Link

ZEBULON
258 Wythe Ave
btwn N 3rd Str & Metropolitan Av
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: -(718)- 218-6934
Second Link





See: MANHATTAN CLUBS / BARS / MUSIC VENUES


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      Seventh Avenue store windows, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.
Mandala Tibetan store Park Slope Brooklyn NY
      Mandala Tibetan store.
  Mandala Tibetan store entrance.

  7th Avenue looking toward Flatbush Avenue. Ozzie's
Ozzies 7th Avenue Park Slope Brooklyn NY
  reflections
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Fun and inexpensive things to do in New York:

-Walk, walk, walk.

-Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Start from Brooklyn Heights, and walk toward the city.
If you love walking, first walk Brooklyn Heights; go to the promenade, and then walk past the court houses, to the Bridge.

-Brooklyn Bridge Park is terrific.

-Walk the HIGH LINE, a terrific new, elevated park.
It is located on Manhattan's West Side.
It runs from Gansevoort St in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.

High Line Maps.

-Take the Staten Island ferry to and back. Stay in the back for great bay & Lower Manhattan & Bridge views.

-Take the tram to Roosevelt island. (Be ware that the tram has gotten stuck a couple of times).

-Walk around the Wall Street area, and then walk down to Battery Park.
From there, follow the Hudson River shore line north, along the Esplanade, until you arrive to the North Cove Yacht Harbor & World Financial Center Plaza with all its shops & restaurants & the lovely Winter Garden.



Brooklyn Grand_Army_Plaza_Arch_Pt_Meyer_Buildg
Juxtaposition of old and classy & new and glassy.
The new Meier glass condo building, located on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Plaza Street East, in Prospect Heights. The facade and the entry of the building sit squarely on Plaza Street, but we guess (opine) that this did not sound "fancy enough" to some real estate marketers, so they came up with the pretentious "1 Grand Army Plaza" -address instead. Oh, well...
For the rest of the people living on the exactly same street, "Plaza Street East" is more than fine.

Things to remember in New York:

Sales tax in New York City: 8 7/8 %

In restaurants:
-You have to tip. If you do not like tipping, eat only in self service restaurants. 15% is the smallest acceptable tip. You can also double the amount of the tax. It is common in New York to tip 20%, especially in better restaurants.

-Look carefully at your bill. Make sure it lists every item you ordered (and only the items you ordered), plus the tax. Make sure to see whether the tip is included already. Some restaurants, especially the ones that have a lot of tourists as patrons, automatically add a 15% tip to the bill. If this is the case, you of course do not give an additional tip, unless you want to.

-Always demand to see an itemized bill if it is not provided. Unfortunately waiters at some establishments only present the customer with a check that does not itemize the order, with the tip already included- but the customers have no way of knowing that since they were never presented with an itemized bill.
This is not very common, but we have heard of too many incidents - and we have been the intended targets of this deceitful (and failed) practice about 3 times. Let's just say we have not taken it in stride.
Even in a famous, very respectable hotel's lobby bar a waiter made the mistake of trying to do it to us, maybe because he thought that we were tourists. To our big dismay, this also happened to us in Brooklyn, of all places, in late March 2010. See details.

When you wander around Brooklyn, you will find all kinds of intresting and beautiful things, including wonderful murals, some pure art and others with great messages. Click for whole image.
Murals in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NYC.


        FOR TICKETS TO SHOWS IN NY:

Below, Prospect Park. Underpass to lawn. Click to enlarge:

        General Brooklyn Links:

tkts DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN
1 MetroTech Center,
corner of Jay Street & Myrtle Avenue Promenade. (across the street from rear entrance of
Brooklyn Marriott).

PROSPECT HEIGHTS PATCH: Good, up to date info about events, etc, in Prospect Heights and surrounding areas.

Prospect Park Tunnel Underpass

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BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN: Sakura Matsuri - Cherry Blossom Festival. Click photos to enlarge:

The Cherry Blossom "Esplanade" at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom festival
Red-Tailed Hawk _Flight_Brooklyn_NY_ Prospect_Heights
Red-Tailed Hawk in Brooklyn, Botanic Garden, NY
Red-Tailed Hawk in Brooklyn, Botanic Garden, NY


BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
Just terrific. Warmly recommended.

NYC.GOV general info about  
Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx,
Queens
Staten Island

Red-Tailed Hawk
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An old paper photo, displaying a memory. From Right: Brooklyn (here, most of the areas across East River - across the image. Beyoynd that: Queens, The Bronx.

Front of image: East River; Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge. In front, just below photographer: Lower Manhattan.

View to 4 boroughs from World Trade Center
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NYC.GOV general info about  Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, QueensStaten Island
 
 
  Verrazano Narrows Tug Boat Dance:
Verrazano bridge boats New York bay
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YOGA:

We absolutely love the Iyengar Yoga Institute, at both locations. Unlike so many "yoga" studios of late, IYNY offers well trained teachers, and precise, meticulous instrucion.
Iyengar Yoga Institute - Brooklyn
525 Pacific Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
Entry also at 540 Atlantic Ave

Both Locations with Maps | About

Iyengar Yoga Institute - Manhattan
150 West 22nd Street, 2nd floor, NY, NY 10012

Sunset as seen from Prospect Heights toward Staten Island (in the background). Glorious New York sunset


Moonlight over East river & Brooklyn. Click to enlarge:
Moon over East River, Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn.
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General New York related links:

View from the promenaade in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Waterfall by Brooklyn Bridge NY

Downtown Manhattan, the Financial District framed by the Brooklyn Bridge. In the summer 2009, Manhattan was a city of waterfalls , enjoying 4 installations by Olafur Eliasson.
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more Brooklyn images:

 

Warmly recommended:
I DECLARE WORLD PEACE

                                   
    WTC towers of light, Manhattan
    Vanderbilt Avenue, looking toward Grand Army Plaza. Corner of Bergen Street.



Panoramic Bridge view of New York Bay. New York Bay, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan Bridge
Leaving Manhattan and arriving in Dumbo, Brooklyn. View of New York Harbor with the
Statue of Liberty / Liberty Island, taxi boats ships, Brooklyn Bridge. New Jersey Cranes
in background. Click on image for a larger view.
      The storm is rushing in from the East, bringing snow to New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Downtown Manhattan. Everything made even more dramatic by the intense colors of the sunset. Storm sunset harbor panorama

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