What’s Doing in Brooklyn?

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Indoor Attractions

Barclays Center

Barclays Center

Walking is a time-tested way to become acquainted with cities, but weather may not always cooperate. Luckily, Brooklyn, with its bounty of museums, keeps the adventurous heart happy when rain or snow disrupts best laid plans.

Check out the Transit Museum (Borough Hall – 2, 3, 4, 5 & Jay St MetroTech – A, C, F, N, R) in downtown Brooklyn and explore the history of subways, buses, cars, trains, tunnels and bridges in New York City.  In the museum’s interactive ElectriCity exhibit learn how subways are powered.

Should clouds dampen a day at the beach (more on beaches in a moment), take shelter in the New York Aquarium (W 8 St – NY Aquarium – F, Q) at Coney Island. Don’t forget to say hi to the sea lions!  Over 350 species of aquatic wildlife call this 14-acre (5.7-hectare) sanctuary home.

The Brooklyn Museum (Eastern Pkwy – Brooklyn Museum – 2, 3, 4) houses nearly 1.5 million works of art, the second largest collection in the city. Prepare to be delighted to discover new creations and recognize old classics.

Catch a show at  Barclays Center (Atlantic Ave – 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, Q, LIRR), the new indoor venue that can accommodate thousands of viewers for sports events or concerts.  Programs change daily, so be sure to check out what’s currently going on when you’re in town.

When the sun comes back out, pay a visit to the Prospect Park Zoo, where you can wander around the 12-acre (4.9-hectare) property and get in touch with your inner animal.

See a Movie

Memorial Arch, Grand Army Plaza

Memorial Arch, Grand Army Plaza

Head to Nitehawk (Bedford Ave – L), the indie film cinema (it gets many mainstream movies, too) where you can watch a movie and grab dinner at the same time! Nitehawk offers good food and drink, served subtly and silently to keep the viewing experience pleasant and uninterrupted.

Do Something Different

Stop by Brooklyn Boulders (Union St – D, N, R), the city’s largest rock climbing gym, to challenge yourself to a new sport. You’ll get a great workout, see some amazing stunts, and without a doubt snap a new profile picture before you leave with your arms aching.

Need to escape from it all? Take the subway out to Coney Island (Coney Island – Stillwell Av – D, F, N, Q) to enjoy the New York City beaches directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Or catch a ride on a roller coaster at Luna Park’s amusement center.

Explore Green-Wood Cemetery where you will find beauty and tranquility. Go on a scavenger hunt to look for some of the famous people who now rest in the gorgeous, well-maintained grounds. Try to find Henry Chadwick – the man who dedicated his life to the promotion of baseball, arguably making it the well-known sport that it is today.

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