The Brooklyn Museum is New York's second largest museum with a superb collection and attractive exhibits. If the museum is on your route, don't forget to walk the surroundings. Crown Heights, Prospect Park, Park Slope — you will find many interesting things in the neighbourhood, such as cafes with authentic cuisine, small shops with homelike atmosphere and city’s remarkable sights.
The Breukelen Coffee House
A large café called The Breukelen Coffee House boasts brick walls and pastry from a famous bakery The Baltazaar, which you won't be able to find anywhere else in the neighbourhood. Who will resist a fresh almond croissant? From time to time the place hosts art events and concerts.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Plan your visit for early April to see the annual Sakura Matsuri - the cherry tree blossom. The garden's alleys are covered in pink petals and the trees forma gorgeous crown. Ideal time for picnics or a meditative stroll. If you miss the time, go to see Japanese hill-and- pond garden with golden trees, an artificial island with a small pavilion and splendid landscapes.
Brooklyn Museum is the second largest museum in New Yourk after the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a very big and diverse collection. Here, you will find many pieces of American art, both fine arts and architecture. Going through the painting and installation halls, you will see the American 18th century home decoration or an exhibit of a modern artist. An extensive collection of ancient and regional art is displayed here with the country's largest collection of African art. The museum often hosts big exhibits featuring modern art and certain epochs.
Gloria's Caribbean Cuisine
Gloria's Caribbean Cuisine is a small cafe with a simple exterior and a big loudspeaker playing smooth dub. A huge portion of roti costs $6. This meal featuring vegetables or meat in flat bread with curry is one of the most famous meals in Caribbean cuisine. After meal, drink tasty homemade drinks, such as Ginger Beer, Sorrel and Peanut Punch.
Grand Army Plaza
A square, featuring a triumphal arch, memorials to prominent American figures and a fountain and built in the second half of the 19th century is one of Brooklyn’s trademarks. Married couples come here to take pictures and people hang out on holidays. Saturdays, a farm market is open here with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
P.S. 321 Flea Market/Brooklyn Flea
On weekends, a large flea market P.S. 321 is open here on the playground Park Slope. Today, it is one of the Brooklyn Flea affiliates. First of all, this is the right spot to find a fine piece of antiques – from household stuff, such as ware, old radios and statutes to mid 20th century furniture. Here, you can also buy vintage clothes, handmade things and fresh meals.
The Clay Pot
The Clay Pot is famous for its custom-made wedding rings. Besides them and other jewellery by independent designers, the shop features household appliances, ware, accessories and various attractive things you may gift to your friends or loved ones.
Bogota Latin Bistro
Bogota Latin Bistro is where South American meals are served. The atmosphere is very festive and jolly. Nice décor with paintings and pictures in Latin American style is very pertinent. Empanadas, arepas, fish and meet prepared to traditional Latin American recipes. The menu offers many interesting meals. Bogota Latin Bistro is also a bar and if you are in the mood, take a Margarita.
The futuristic Barclays Center, part of which is owned by a billionaire Russian oligarch Prokhorov and rapper Jay Z, was opened a few years ago. Here, you can see the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and hear star bands, such as Kanye West and Paul McCartney. If you are going to witness an event, you should buy the tickets in advance. Even if sports and big concerts do not attract you, the building is an important part of the neighbourhood. It is worth a look.