The holidays are around the corner, and Brooklyn’s got adventures, shopping, food and more waiting for you to explore it!
From historic tours and sports activities, to shopping and dining, there are endless ways to spend winter days in Brooklyn. Here are some of our favorite things and places to explore, shop, play and eat, this holiday season!
Thanks so much to Scott Demel of @marvelarchitects and Nicko Elliott of @macroseamotors & @newlab for their great @archtober Building of the Day tour. We learned a lot about the transformation of this former machine shop into a center of technology hardware innovation. . . . . #brooklynnavyyard #brooklyn #waterfront #industrial #industry #manufacturing #newlab #architecture #marvelarchitects #archtober #buildingoftheday @centerforarch
Turnstile Tours offers one-of-a-kind public and private guided tours of lesser-known places and stories of Brooklyn, built around rigorous research and in partnership with various nonprofit organizations and local businesses. With tours about local architecture, waterfront history, Brooklyn’s importance in the First and Second World Wars, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, locals and visitors alike will leave inspired and intrigued by our borough’s history!
#localsknow the best neighborhood shops in Brooklyn sell local foodstuffs – @stinkybklyn has an entire section dedicated to products made in the borough _________________________ The food revolution is alive in Brooklyn – you can find locally made beer, chocolate, coffee, pickles, and more – it's almost too easy to #shoplocal
With small tour group sizes and the slogan #LocalsKnow, Urban brings local shopping to life with a mix of history, tastings and group fun. As New York is experiencing a boom in small-scale manufacturing, the newest tour from Urban Adventures will take you to one of New York City’s largest and most amazing creative hubs, giving you a local’s look into the city’s contemporary manufacturing and design industries!
Tis the season for chocolate, so we decided to team up with A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours on creating a Chocolate Trail Map, launching soon! With bus tours departing Union Square in Manhattan and an option to join the tour at the first Brooklyn location, these tours make Brooklyn easy to get to for those visiting for the first time. Whether you are looking to feed your sweet tooth with the mouthwatering Chocolate Tour, check out the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, or discover the best slice in Brooklyn on a pizza tour. Additionally, bus tours are a great way to stay warm while exploring Brooklyn!
Reva Cooper, who has promoted the arts in New York (Broadway, music, dance, film, visual arts) for four decades, will take you through the opulent, architecturally landmarked areas of the borough – fusing history, culture, visual highlights and personal stories of the famous figures and events in the fabled borough. From walks through neighborhoods with iconic Brooklyn brownstones, to a ferry ride from DUMBO to Williamsburg while learning about the various waterfront neighborhoods, Reva will make sure to take you to the coolest spots in the borough!
Veteran Brooklyn tour guide Norman Oder has designed his tours to be wider-ranging and faster-paced than most by hopping on the subway with his guests, giving them a true Brooklyn experience. Most of Oder’s tours require walks of two to four miles, but these miles are enjoyable at a steady pace. Learn the history of neighborhoods you pass through the borough that would be the nation’s third largest city, if it were independent. For an extra dash of holiday cheer, join Oder on his Dyker Heights Holiday tour! General topics of exploration across tours will be Brooklyn’s fascinating and uneven rebirth, and witness its diversity, complexity, charm, and current local challenges.
Despite its name, this is a real and actual retail store! The store serves as a headquarter for 826NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting some 4,000 New York City students, ages 6-18, with their writing skills every year. In-store you can enjoy a free cape testing, sit in the vintage mind reading chair, and browse superpowers for sale, such as buckets of humbug and instant winter.
372 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope
Closest subway stop: 4th Avenue-9th Street stop on the F, G, and R.
Hours of operation: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day.
This neighborhood favorite was established in 2003 as a weekend market to bring together the creative and the curious, and soon became a vital destination for the community of artists, designers, vintage collectors and makers eager to set up shop and connect with their audiences in person. The market opens its warehouse doors every weekend, with more than 100 individual artists selling hand-crafted arts, jewelry, and gifts, as well as sellers providing beautiful vintage and antique items.
70 North 7th Street, Williamsburg
Closest subway stop: L train at Bedford Avenue
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. every weekend, plus December Fridays from 12 – 7 p.m..
“Femininity is raw, it’s bold, it’s beautiful. It’s a rite as a woman, and it’s meant to be owned every day, not just saved for a special occasion.” says Brooklyn Fox’s website. This Brooklyn lingerie shop celebrates the female body and the art of delicate lingerie. Whether you are looking for something to make yourself feel special, or a gift for a loved one, Brooklyn Fox is filled with pretty little things that adorn, support, and flaunt in sizes ranging from AA to H.
200 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
Closest subway stop: L train at Bedford Avenue
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 12 – 7 p.m. Saturday – Sunday.
Located in Clinton Hill in a former chocolate factory, Body by Brooklyn is just minutes away from lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. Take a deep breath and relax in the warmth of the spa’s jacuzzis, soaking pools and variety of saunas: Russian Sauna, Swedish Sauna, and Turkish Aroma Steam Room. Detox, energize or cure a holiday hangover for only $49 a day!
275 Park Avenue, Clinton Hill
Closest subway stop: G train to Clinton-Washington Avenues
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday – Saturday. Closed Tuesdays.
Brooklyn United Ties is a privately-owned necktie, bow tie and women’s scarf company with a focus on supporting local Brooklyn communities by working closely with locals and donating a percentage of proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Made locally in the borough, the unique Brooklyn-inspired designs are hand drawn before the fabric is made. Then, the fabric is cut and stitched into a tie – making each tie unique. There is something for everyone, and you can carry your Brooklyn pride and passion with you when you wear these ties!
I'm very excited to announce that I will be exhibiting at the #metalandsmith show this August. It's been a summer of extra long studio hours, hammering away at new designs/concepts, and making mistakes and fixing them until everything came out perfect -well perfectly imperfect because I always believe that handmade should look handmade. Anyway, the show is not open to the public but to buyers, press, and stylists. It overlaps with the same timing as NYNow (8/21) and is around the corner from the Javits Center. If you'd like to come and visit please DM me or email me and I will send you directions on how to get into the show. I'm very grateful for this opportunity and hope to continue to evolve as a designer and push myself to create work that my friends/customers/neighbors/peers believe in. 🙏🏼 #ladyjjewelry
In May 2012, Lady J +1 opened in Prospect Heights as the first ‘Brooklyn-only’ showcase featuring indie local artists. With the Icicle Collection quickly becoming the best-selling line of Lady J Jewelry, the artist and store owner, Jessica D’Amico, proudly received the worldwide ‘Originality In Fashion’ award from ORGNL.TV & Stoli in 2012, and in 2015 The Cradle Ear Cuff was featured in Brooklyn Magazine’s 100 Brooklyn Design Objects We Love. Whether you are looking for unique indie stocking stuffers or one-of-a-kind jewels for a loved one, D’Amico has a stunning collection waiting for you.
679 Classon Avenue, Prospect Heights
Closest subway stop: A or C train to Franklin Avenue
Hours of operation: 12 – 7 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Most young New York City residents have at least attended a show at Rough Trade, or visited the extensive record shop for vinyls, CDs, books and music merch. Tickets to shows played at Rough Trade are a great gift idea, as you will get to see the artists up close and personal. For future shows, please see the events calendar.
64 N 9th Street, Williamsburg
Closest subway stop: L to Bedford Avenue or G to Nassau Avenue
Hours of operation: 11a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday.
Did you know that this is the world’s first museum created for children with learning and play in mind? The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was founded in 1899, and is housed in a multi-level space, with changing exhibitions taking place in the various spaces, it includes a roof deck for summertime play. With help from local artists, the museum is currently planning a “Block Party” exhibition focusing on the history and culture behind Brooklyn’s famous block parties!
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Crown Heights
Closest subway stop: C train to Kingston – Throop Avenues or 3 train to Kingston Avenue
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Court 16 is the first, and only, kids tennis club in New York City. Developed by an international network of tennis experts and cultural creators, Court 16 tennis pros created the club with a vision for a modern approach to teaching tennis. Offering children’s tennis camps, adult social mixers, private lessons and pro courses, this place is bound to make you dream of the U.S. Open!
526 Baltic Street, Gowanus
Closest subway stop: D, N, Q, R or W trains to Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center or F and G to Bergen Street
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Wednesday. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday – Sunday. Closed Thursdays.
The present facility first opened as a city zoo on July 3, 1935, and was part of a larger revitalization program of city parks, playgrounds and zoos initiated in 1934 by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. The Prospect Park Zoo presently offers children’s educational programs, is engaged in restoration of endangered species populations, runs a wildlife theater and reaches out to the local community through volunteer programs! So head over to the zoo, and meet the 630 animals representing about 101 species, right here in Brooklyn!
450 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Park
Closest subway stop: B, Q or S trains to Prospect Park Station
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. every day.
Once known as Loew’s Kings Theatre, this stunning theatre is today a live performance venue. Home for concerts, theater performances, comedy shows, photo shoots and more, Kings Theatre truly adds to any visit, as visitors soak in the stunning 1930s aesthetics. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, the venue is a great place to take a date, celebrate a birthday at a show, or take a loved one to wow him or her with a one-of-a-kind gift! For future shows and events, please see the Kings Theatre website.
1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
Closest subway stop: 2 and 5 trains to Beverley Rd/Nostrand Ave or Q train to Beverley Rd
Hours of operation: Dependent on showtimes and public tours.
Once known as the Daily News Garage, this warehouse turned into a climber’s heaven in 2009 when Brooklyn Boulders opened its doors. To the team at Brooklyn Boulders, “Brooklyn is more than just a city; it’s a state of mind. It’s about the creative clash of cultures that creates a diverse community, filled with passion and the drive to make things happen.” So bring your toughest attitude and get ready to climb to new heights!
575 Degraw Street, Gowanus
Closest subway stop: D, N, R and W trains to Union Street
Hours of operation: Class schedule available on the Brooklyn Boulders website.
Brooklyn Metal Works is a metal art studio that offers space to rent for the development of work in the metalsmithing field, as well as concept-based classes and gallery space to promote artists, designers and makers. Whether you are intrigued by jewelry making or metal designs, or hope to create your very special someone a gift he/she will never forget, Brooklyn Metal Works has classes for you to learn and create in! Choose from a Jewelry class, Intro to Goldsmithing, and the Objects class, and maybe even gift a shared creative experience to a friend or loved one this year!
640 Dean Street, Prospect Heights
Closest subway stop: 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains to Bergen Street, or B and Q train to 7th Avenue
Hours of operation: Class schedule available on the Brooklyn Metal Works website.
Close your eyes and feel the gelato take you back to summertime, with rich flavors such as banana, Soul Fuel Espresso, and Serious Chocolate. If you are not in the mood for ice cream, stay warm with some delicious affogato the traditional Italian way on cold winter evenings or take home a mouthwatering seasonal pie for the holidays!
305 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
Closest subway stop: NYC Ferry to Red Hook or F and G train to Smith-9th Street
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
We’d love to thank @tastesofbrooklyn and @seedsinthemiddle for giving us this opportunity to be part of their Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill Fall Food Crawl! 🍫☕️🍁 ———————————————————————— We would also love to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed all the local businesses Brooklyn has to offer! 😄 • • • • #thechocolateroom #chocolate #dessert #tastesofbrooklyn #seedsinthemiddle #darkchocolate #darkhotchocolate #whippedcream #sample #thankyou #gratitude #nyc #nyceats #brooklyn #brooklyneats #parkslope #cobblehill #carrollgardens #localbusiness #TheresAlwaysRoomForChocolate
The excitement of going somewhere after dinner or after a movie, or relaxing with friends over an exceptional dessert, was the beginning of the creation of The Chocolate Room concept. Jon and Naomi, the creators and owners of the two locations, “created a place we would like to come to ourselves; a refuge from the increasingly chaotic world we live in.” This means enjoying these quiet, rustic cafes they created, with incredibly delicious chocolate, award-winning desserts, ice cream, coffee, wine, and good company. Do you live or stay 4 miles from the Cobble Hill location? Great! Postmates will bring you delicious chocolate treats right to your door!
269 Court Street, Cobble Hill
51 5th Avenue, Park Slope
Closest subway stop: F or G to Bergen Street (Cobble Hill) and 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Atlantic Ave – Barclays Center (Park Slope)
Hours of operation: 12 – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday – Saturday, both locations
This boutique urban winery is set in the heart of Williamsburg, one of the borough’s most vibrant and creative neighborhoods. Winemaker Conor McCormack produces its premium small batch wines, combining the quality of tradition with the freedom of innovation. Tour the winery to learn about how the wines are produced, then settle into the wine bar and sip artisanal wines while indulging in some seasonal treats and delicious dishes. In need of last minute wines in Brooklyn for the holidays? Check if you are within the delivery radius for Brooklyn Winery on Postmates!
213 N 8th Street, Williamsburg
Closest subway stop: L train to Bedford Avenue
Hours of operation: 5 – 11 p.m. every day. Check the Brooklyn Winery website for tour hours.
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While “raaka” means raw in Finnish – a word and meaning that captured the essence of their chocolate bars. Why raw, you said? Without roasting the cocoa beans, the team at Raaka is able to work with the unique flavors in each batch of cocoa beans to create delicious flavor combinations like bourbon cask aged chocolate, coconut milk chocolate, and smoked chai. All of the chocolate is created from cocoa bean to bar, in Red Hook, so definitely pay Raaka a visit when you are in town (Raaka does not have Oompa Loompas, but it does have tons of chocolate to taste!). As a gift idea, we highly recommend signing up for the monthly subscription to cast votes on monthly flavor specials that only VIPs get to try!
64 Seabring Street, Red Hook
Closest subway stop: NYC Ferry to Red Hook or F and G train to Smith-9th Street
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 12 – 7 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
Opened in 1973 in Brooklyn, this Italian bakery is a neighborhood favorite all year round. The family-owned bakery prides itself with generations of pastry chefs, serving sweets that only leave the counter if they meet the owner, John Zito’s old world pastry standards. This season, the specialties served in addition to iconic Italian treats will be homemade marzipan and panettone, as well as delicious struffoli and fig cookies!
6822 Bay Pkwy, Bensonhurst
Closest subway stop: N, Q or W trains to Bay Park Station
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday