A travel journal
to Brooklyn by Cauldar
Quote: Brooklyn was my home for my first 2 years in New York, and I miss it and revisit often.
Prospect Park - Designed by the architects who brought you Central Park, this one is better and less crowded.
Park Slope - Once a run-down neighborhood, this has quickly been restored to its former glory and is now THE place to see beautiful 19th-century brownstones, gaslight street lamps, and trendy New Yorkers toting SUV-sized baby carriages.
Williamsburg - Wealthy hipsters suck down cappuccinos in the remnants of Polish neighborhoods in this trendy extension of Manhattan's East Village.
Coney Island - Kitschy, charming, and sometimes dodgy, this is a hanger-on from a bygone era of New York City. Get it now before it disappears!
The restaurant sits on the second floor at the corner of 7th Avenue and Garfield and has a large mural to catch the eye. Friendly, rotund Mexican servers in bright green shirts serve food when they aren't standing in the back talking to the cooks. The music is primarily of the Mexican/German polka variety, and the decor is simple and mercifully free of memorabilia nailed to the walls.
The perfunctory tortilla chips are tasty and offered in the orange, brown, and tortilla colors. The salsa is a little watery but tasty. The food is pretty standard fare, and if you don't know what mole poblano is, they offer a translation guide on the back of the menu. Don't expect anything too spice at this place, however. Speaking of mole poblano, that has been my primary meal choice whenever I visit.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2005
Rancho Alegre Restaurant
204 Garfield Pl.
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Restaurant | "Chip Shop"
Prices aren't cheap, but the food is awesome and the real deal at this minimally adorned establishment. Haddock, cod, and plaice are all on the menu, as well as many Brit favorites like steak and kidney pie, shepherd's pie, baked beans on toast, and bangers and mash. For dessert, you can try some rice pudding or English port trifle. If you're a yank that doesn't know your banger from Welsh rarebit, they even have a little glossary on the menu.
For you silly, silly folks who go to a place called The Chip Shop and expect something light, well you're in luck, 'cause they'll bake your fish in wine.
But why the heck would you want to do that???
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2005
Park Slope Chip Shop
383 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11215
But did you know that there was one in Brooklyn?
Take the R subway line to 86th Street and you will find a far less congested, but no less valuable, shopping experience within sight of the Verrazano Bridge. Have a slice of pizza in this Italian neighborhood, then buy an Italian suit at 50% off. This is a great place to stock up on office clothes, undergarments, and socks.
Don't miss the Century 21 Home store across the street, where you will find bed sheets, furniture, and other home furnishings.
472 86th St.
Brooklyn, New York 11209
The layout of the club provides plenty of good angles for watching bands. The floor has a couple sets of risers that begin a third of the way back, with seats available for the not-so-young and those who favor fashion over comfortable footwear. The club has a few choice chest-high tables right in front of the stage that you might be able to snag if you arrive early, before the doors open.
Check their website at http://www.spsounds.com for ticket prices and to see a calendar of upcoming shows.
125 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11217
There is something to see all year-round, but especially in the spring, when the cherry trees are in full bloom, and in June, when the roses are in full spring.
The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden is a beautiful, serene space first built in 1915 and features spaces to sit and enjoy the brilliant goldfish and numerous turtles that swim in the pond.
On hotter and colder days, duck into the Steinhardt Conservatory, where 100-year-old bonsai trees are given a special, weather-controlled room and a series of greenhouses offer plants from the tropics to the deserts.
NOTES: Admission is free on Tuesdays. It can get pretty crowded on the nicer days.
There are multiple entrances to the park, but the most hassle-free are at the north end of the park, along Eastern Parkway and beside the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Visit http://www.bbg.org for special events and hours.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
900 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225
You will feel hip the moment you enter the front door and negotiate the narrow path that runs juts out over a placid pool of water. Tables are spaced out and fill up quickly. Many events are free.
Visit their webpage at http://www.galapagosartspace.com.
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
New York, New York