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How to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge—Manhattan to Brooklyn, Brooklyn to Manhattan
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. It's free. It's beautiful. It's historic.

Cool Things to Do This Week in Brooklyn
Hello, December! And farewell, 2011! There's a lot going on this month: school vacations, and Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa celebrations, not to mention New Year's Eve! This listing is a work-in-progress, please check back frequently to see what's new.

Flea Markets in Brooklyn — Discovering Brooklyn's Vintage Markets
Discover ten great places for flea market style shopping in Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn's awash in great flea markets. Some run year-round. Others are seasonal. Find out where to shop for vintage clothes, antique housewares and cameras, old jewelery and retro, mid-century modern furniture and more, from Coney Island to Williamsburg.

Kids at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Japanese Hill & Pond — A NYC Family Day Trip
The Japanese Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden makes for a wonderful, peaceful, and educational outing with young children. Whether you're a Brooklyn resident, a New Yorker interested in exploring the city, or tourists and visitors, don't miss the Japanese pond and garden area. It's a year-round attraction.

Which Restaurants Participate in Brooklyn Restaurant "Week" (Really, 10 Days)
Get the list of Brooklyn restaurants participating in the borough's restaurant week, held in March.

8 Things to Do in Brooklyn to Fight February Doldrums
Bored in February? Here are eight things you can do to get involved, get interested and have some fun in February..in Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate Chinese New Years in NY in Sunset Park, Brooklyn's Chinatown
Don't miss the colorful local parade in Sunset Park celebrating Chinese New Year.

Things to Do in Brooklyn: December Holidays!
Things to Do in Brooklyn, New York: Whether you're looking for Brooklyn events, Brooklyn parades, museums in Brooklyn, or just a place in Brooklyn where you can find some peace and calm, you'll find it here. Information on Brooklyn festivals, activities, and more.

Special Tours of Brooklyn

Bored just because of the February doldrums? Don't be! Go explore Brooklyn. Here are six different mini-tours of corners of Brooklyn that may surprise even long-time residents. These tours can take from one to three hours.

Live Theater and Film Festivals
Brooklyn hosts numerous film festivals. It also boasts several of New York's most famous independent theaters, dedicated to staging edgy, provocative productions and high quality performances on tour from Europe and other nations. The venues include the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s Harvey Theater and the BAM Opera House, St. Ann's...

Brooklyn Brewery
Visit the now famous Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

5 Romantic Places in Brooklyn for Marriage (or Other) Proposals — Mostly Free
Looking for a great, romantic, unusual, place to propose marriage to your honey in New York City? Take a gander at what Brooklyn has to offer. Just to give you a taste of the options, here's a list of five fabulous, funny but romantic places to propose marriage —or to propose romance— in Brooklyn, including the NY Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo,...

Coney Island: A Year-Round Destination

Coney Island is a destination for all seasons, not just summer. The amusement park and beach are closed off-season, but there’s plenty to do from September through May. Just come prepared for brisk ocean breezes.



Summer in Brooklyn
Soak up some sun and maximize your summer fun with these Brooklyn events and summer activities.

Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
A guide to the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, which offers free music, movies, spoken word performances, and more.

7 Ways to Observe Women's History Month in Brooklyn NY, From Steinem to Deneuve
A brief listing of some of the many things going on in Brooklyn, NY in observance of Women's History Month, 2011.

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2010 Schedule
Celebrate Brooklyn! is back, and the 2010 line-up is better than ever.

Brooklyn Holiday Guide - Guide to the Holidays in Brooklyn
The Holiday Season can set everyone into a tizzy. Suddenly it's November, then Thanksgiving, and before you know it, it's December 23rd and you haven't bought presents for anyone on your list. Don't let that happen this year! Here's a list of ideas about where to shop, what gifts to buy, where to eat, and where to drink in Brooklyn over the...

Brooklyn Christmas Activities - Things to do in Brooklyn this Holiday Season

For some, Christmas brings a blessed amount of time off from work to spend time with our loved ones and friends. But what is there to do with all this free time? If you are more ambitious than staying in and baking cookies while wearing a snuggie, here are some holiday events and activities to keep you occupied this year.

Fourth of July in Brooklyn
From fireworks to franks, your guide to celebrating the Fourth of July in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn New Year's Concerts and Shows - NYE Music Events Brooklyn

For those who want to party but find New Year's Eve parties to be stuffy and awkward, why not attend a concert this year? Many of Brooklyn's finest music venues put on concerts from big names or shows featuring local performance artists and ticket costs incorporate open bars and champagne toasts!

Hanukkah Events Brooklyn - Things to Do Hanukkah in Brooklyn

Don't be intimidated by the Christmas events that dominate the Holiday scene. In Brooklyn, Hanukkah holds its own with the Sephardic Music Festival, Hanukkah parties, Dreidel competitions, and giant Menorah lightings. Can you taste the potato latkes? Happy Hanukkah!

The Mermaid Parade
Information on Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade, the largest art parade in the U.S.

Labor Day in Brooklyn
Find information on Labor Day fun in Brooklyn.

West Indian-American Day
This annual extravaganza is a colorful celebration of Caribbean-American culture. Find out more about this festive parade (it's New York City's largest!).

West Indian-American Day Photos
Photos from Brooklyn's popular West Indian-American Day celebrations.

The Atlantic Antic
Everything you need to know about the annual Atlantic Antic street festival.

Brooklyn Book Festival
Celebrate all things literary at Brooklyn's annual Book Festival.

Five Free Things to Do this Fall
Just because you're strapped for cash doesn't mean you can't live the good life. Here are five free activities guaranteed to keep you entertained this fall in Brooklyn.

Halloween in Brooklyn
Whether you're looking for a great Halloween costume, a kid-friendly parade, or just something spooky to do in the borough, you'll find it here.

Brooklyn New Year's Eve Guide
Plan your New Year's Eve celebration with this useful guide.

Super Bowl in Brooklyn
Where will you be on Super Bowl Sunday? Try catching the game at one of these Brooklyn bars.

Valentine's Day Events
From the romantic to the irreverent, Valentine's Day events for everyone.

Free Things to do in Williamsburg

Even if you don't have a huge hunk of cash to spend on a swanky meal or a night sipping fancy cocktails, there's a great deal of fun to be had in Williamsburg totally FREE. Most of the action takes place around McCarren Park, but whether you're into alcohol, music, or art, these ideas won't cost you a dime.

The Meat Hook and Brooklyn Kitchen
Learn more about The Meat Hook and The Brooklyn Kitchen, a butchery and foodie haven in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Address: 100 Frost Street Brooklyn, NY. Phone: (718) 389-2982

Holiday Gifts for Foodies in Brooklyn - Brooklyn Foodies Gift Ideas

Christmas shopping can be nerve-wracking, especially when you are running low on gift ideas. For those on your list that love cooking and eating, look no further. Brooklyn is the heart of the new foodie movement, with great communities and classes sure to impress any foodie on your gift list.

Where to Visit Santa in Brooklyn - Christmas Santa Photos Brooklyn

Santa is in high demand this season in Brooklyn. Luckily for you, he'll be at several malls and locations, so ready your list and be on your best behavior until December 24th.

Brooklyn New Year's Dining - New Year's Eve Restaurants Brooklyn

New Year's Eve can be more of a laid-back, romantic holiday for those who want to avoid the crowded bars and parties. If your idea of the perfect NYE is a delicious dinner with experted mixed cocktails, these eight restaurants are sure to fit the bill. Make your reservations now!

Brooklyn New Year's Eve - Activities for New Year's in Brooklyn

Stumped on how to celebrate 2011? Here you'll find a list of ideas on NYE in Brooklyn, from concerts to performances, where to eat, bars to visit, and children's activities. Happy New Year!

Brooklyn New Year's Bars - Where to Drink in Brooklyn New Year's

The choice of bar can make or break your New Year's Eve. Here are a few ideas of great bars from dives to fancier haunts where the New Year's spirit is sure to keep the drinks flowing well into morning.

Brooklyn Kids New Year's Activities - Activites for Kids Brooklyn New Year's

For those with children, New Year's can be a difficult night to navigate. Luckily, in Brooklyn there are kid-centric events so you can spend some quality time with your tykes while celebrating 2011.

Where is Brooklyn Flea? Locating Brooklyn's Biggest Vintage Marketplace
Brooklyn Flea is a fun weekend vintage market and event that operates in different Brooklyn neighborhoods, and out of different indoor and outdoor locations, depending on the season. Find out where you can shop Brooklyn flea in summer, autumn, winter and spring.

5 Best Valentine's Day Books, Brooklyn Style, for Him, Her, You & Teens
5 Best Brooklyn-y Valentine's Books— For Him, Her, You & Teens Of course! What's the best Valentine's Day gift for a certain kind of person in Brooklyn? BOOKS! Books make great Valentine's Day gifts. Here are 5 best picks for sexy, funny, poignant Valentine's Day books, Brooklyn style. After all, aren't we the most literary...

Valentine's Day What to do - Williamsburg Brooklyn

Whether you're attached, single, or somewhere in between, here are a few ideas of how to spend February 14th in the 'Burg.

Williamsburg Brooklyn Anti-Valentine's Day Guide

Does Valentine's Day make you want to reach for the Pepto? Well, have no worries. There are plenty of non-sappy, non-couple-oriented activities for you in Williamsburg. Celebrate your singlehood or ignore the holiday altogether.

Literary Brooklyn: Storytelling, Slams, Lectures and Literary Readings
Where to find readings, slams, literary gatherings, and storytelling in New York's creative hub: Brooklyn.

How to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge & Where to Stay in Brooklyn-Visitors Guide
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge in spring, summer, winter, fall. It's one of those New York things to do. Find out here when to go, things to know, and more--about the Big Apple's favorite bridge.

4 Best Things to Do After Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge—DUMBO
4 Best Things to Do After Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge—DUMBO

Cool Things to Do This Week in Brooklyn, NY
Things to Do This Week in Brooklyn

March 19 Super Moon in Brooklyn: Where Can You Watch The Super Moon Rise?
March 19 Super Moon in Brooklyn: Where Can You ?

Brooklyn Museums Children Love — Activites For Parents & Grandparents
Tips on family friendly outings to museums in Brooklyn.

Best Brooklyn Views of Empire State Building—Photo Op
The Empire State Building is one of New York City's iconic landmarks, and one can see it from miles away. There are several parts of Brooklyn with great views of the Empire State Building. Best of all, it's lit in colored lights at night, making for a dreamy vista from Brooklyn.

Sunset Over Statue of Liberty & NY Harbor — 8 Best Views from Brooklyn
Eight places in Brooklyn with spectacular sunset views of NY Harbor include the tony River Cafe, ferries, a promenade on a bluff overlooking the Harbor, and a tiny park tucked away in Red Hook.

Great Brooklyn Views & Photo Ops — Manhattan, Sunsets, Statue of Liberty
Where to Go for Great Brooklyn Views & Photo Ops — Manhattan,Sunsets,Statue of Liberty

Can You Walk or Jog Across the Manhattan Bridge?
The answer to the question: Can you walk or jog across the Manhattan Bridge, which runs from Downtown Brooklyn to Chinatown in Manhattan?

10 Things to Do in DUMBO on Front Street
One of Brooklyn's most unique waterfront neighborhoods, DUMBO combines old industrial architecture with chic shops, interesting restaurants, and killer views of Manhattan and Brooklyn's famous Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Here are a few things to do one one of DUMBO's main streets, Front Street.

DUMBO, Near the Brooklyn Bridge — A Tour of Trendy Front Street
DUMBO is the Brooklyn neighborhood closest to Manhattan, on the southern tip of the island. And, it's a huge destination for tourists, visitors and Brooklynites looking for great views of New York Harbor, interesting architecture, and a uniquely Brooklyn experience of walking under both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

How to Walk Across the Williamsburg Bridge
Tips on how to walk or bike across the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan.

Play Tennis Outdoors in Brooklyn April to November, Under $20 a Month
A list of the outdoors public tennis facilities in Brooklyn.

Things to Do with Kids During Spring Break in Brooklyn
Things to Do with Kids During Spring Break in Brooklyn

How Far is the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyns Botanic Garden—Miles & Kilometres?
How Far is the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in Miles or Kilometres?

What's Nearby? 10 Places Near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden That Are Worth a Visit
Enjoy ten interesting destinations within walking distance or a short subway, bike, or car ride from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Here's a list of where else visitors to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens can go after seeing the cherry trees in bloom or visiting the Japanese Garden and Pond.

How Many Roller Coasters are there at Coney Island?
How Many Rollercoasters are there at Coney Island?

Coney Island Gets Two New Roller Coasters
On April 20, 2011, Coney Island underwent a historic change. Known for decades for its historic wood framed Cyclone roller coaster, Coney suddenly became home to not one, but three roller coaster rides.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens—When to Go, What to See, How to Get There
The famous Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a must-see destination for NYC residents and visitors. Learn when to go, what to see in different seasons, year-round attractions, special festivals and plant sales—and where to have lunch. Discover the Japanese inspired Japanese Garden, cherry blossoms, and vast collection of bonsai trees. This cultural...

Best Fun Spots for Picnics in Park Slope
One of Brooklyn’s nicest traditions is a Picnic in Park Slope, whether sitting on a brownstone stoop or on a bench in a leafy park.

9 Only-in-Brooklyn Destinations: Urban Adventure
Here are nine different places to go for Mothers Day or Fathers Day to have a family outing. Forget busy, expensive brunches at restaurants and Hallmark cards. Get out, have fun, and bring a camera to make a video or photo album of the day. It's memorable, spontaneous, noncommercial family fun. These destinations will appeal to everyone: moms...

The Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg - Food Vendors
A few ideas on what to eat at the Williamsburg branch of The Brooklyn Flea.

Williamsburg Beer Gardens
A list of Williamsburg's best beer gardens.

Loreley - Williamsburg
Loreley is biergarten oasis underneath the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

June Outdoor Summer Concerts in Prospect Park—Celebrate Brooklyn
The June schedule for Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park is jammed with interesting music, and events. Admission is free with a $3 recommended contribution.

A Brooklyn Flea Market Tour: Half-Day Vintage Itinerary for Locals and Tourists
Brooklyn's known for its unusual shopping — and especially for cool flea markets. Here's a simple half-day itinerary for a Flea Market Shopping Trip in Brooklyn. It includes PS 321 in historic Park Slope and a trip to the famous Brooklyn Flea, located in Fort Greene during the warm months. Plan on shopping for a few hours, and allow some time at...

Spuyten Duyvil
Spuyten Duyvil, a beer bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has over a hundred and fifty European beers to choose from and a beautiful outdoor garden.

Free Outdoor Movies in Brooklyn Bridge Park DUMBO: Summer Schedule
In Brooklyn over the summer? Don't miss the schedule of free Thursday night films in Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Getting From Brooklyn to Governors Island: When and Where Can One Get the Ferry?
One of the most popular outings in New York City is a trip to Governors Island, a 170-acre site oused for over 200 years for military training purposes, and long abandoned until its re-opening several years ago. It offers miles of biking and walking , interesting buildings, views of New York City, New York Harbor, the Brooklyn Bridge and more....

Where & When is the Metropolitan Opera in Brooklyn? (Hint:Brooklyn Bridge Park)
Find out when the Met is coming to Brooklyn.

When Does the Ferry or Water Taxi Run from Brooklyn to Manhattan?
New York Water Taxi provides a fun service, ferrying passengers on a route that includes Manhattan, Governors Island, and Brooklyn. What's the current schedule, and where precisely can you catch the water taxi? When does the ferry, AKA the NY Water Taxi run from Brooklyn to Manhattan?

3 Cool Tips for Tourists Visiting DUMBO:Water Taxis,Bike Rentals,Brooklyn Bridge
Three Cool Tips for Tourists Visiting DUMBO: Water Taxis, Bike Rentals, Brooklyn Bridge

Top Summer Things to Do in Brooklyn
Summer! There's tons to do in Brooklyn in the summer, from running in the parks to attending a wonderful First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. You can eat pizza in Bensonhurst, ice cream in DUMBO and calzone in Carroll Gardens. Watch firework at Coney Island, go fishing off of Sheepshead Bay, and much more. For starters, here are some great...

Brooklyn Bridge Park, A Visitors Guide to New York's Newest Waterfront Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park, nestled on the shore across from lower Manhattan, is a sports and cultural venue, with a lively calendar of concerts, summer outdoor movies, outdoor exercise classes, chess instruction, kayaking and more. Brooklyn's newest large public park.Many Brooklynites haven't visited yet, but should: it has spectacular views of New...

Visitors Guide to NY's Barclays Center: Brooklyn Nets Basketball,Concerts,Shows
To be opened in September 2012, Barclays Center is a huge stadium for sports and entertainment in the heart of Brooklyn located near the transportation hub at the Atlantic Terminal. It will be home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, and as many as 200s sporting and entertainment events annually, according to its developers. Find out the...

Williamsburg Visitors Guide
A visitors guide for those interested in visiting Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and for Brooklyn residents whose guests are curious about this much-publicized neighborhood.

7 Fun & Unusual Things to Do In Brooklyn: Twilight Boats, Bat Tours & Pow Wows
Here are seven unusual outings for a date or family trip for those in-the-know folks in Brooklyn who want to do something a little different in the borough. Ideas include a bat tour, a visit to a huge pow-wow, and a canoe ride on the Gowanus Canal.

Things to Do on New Years Day in Brooklyn
New Year's Day in Brooklyn: What is there to do? What's open, what's fun, and where can you spend the first day of the year? January 1st is a federal holiday, so many stores are closed. A lot of people spend time with friends and family, or relax and recover from parties the night before. But if you have some get-up-and-go, here are some New...

10 Best African Restaurants in Brooklyn: Ethiopian, Senegalese, Nigerian & More
African restaurants in Brooklyn! To expand your culinary universe, or to celebrate Kwanzaa, African American History Month, or simply to explore the many diverse tastes available in New York's Brooklyn, try these ten (or more) African restaurants. Many are located in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, not far from the Brooklyn Bridge, Downtown...

10 Best Things to Do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg, Brooklyn is many things: a place with great music, bars and restaurants; home to a beautiful new pool, and the host to some fabulous summertime outdoor entertainment and fairs. Find out more.

7 Ways to Observe Women's History Month in Brooklyn NY, From Steinem to Deneuve
A brief listing of some of the many things going on in Brooklyn, NY in observance of Women's History Month, 2011.

Brooklyn! 20 Best Places to Go, Things to Do THIS Weekend
By popular demand, we've put together a Weekend Guide to Brooklyn, covering at least 20 (and often more) activities. Find out about free events, concerts, festivals, fairs, things for kids and more. The listing changes for every weekend.

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