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This may not be a surprise, but trees are hard to come by in New York. And while Central Park is undoubtedly the city’s preferred patch of green, we’re not such big fans of this oversubscribed landmark in the heart of Midtown mayhem. Prospect Park, on the other hand, has a pretty, peaceful atmosphere reminiscent of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris. Located next to the quiet, residential areas of Park Slope and Prospect Heights, Prospect Park is gently abuzz on weekends with family picnics, twenty-somethings kicking a football around and locals reading or napping on blankets. Our favourite point of interest is the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Garden, perhaps most famous for its dazzling cherry blossoms that appear in mid to late April. Weather permitting, pick up a pulled pork sandwich and baked mac n’ cheese to go from Pork Slope and make a day of it.
The Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn is New York’s answer to the Electric Cinema in London. While it may not have plush leather chairs and cashmere blankets, it’s the only movie theatre in the city to offer a more upscale cinematic experience with food and alcohol. It has taken movies to the next level by creating custom cocktails and menus inspired by the films it’s screening, alongside a classic menu of feel-good favourites like meatloaf, truffle butter popcorn, cheddar pimento grilled cheese sandwiches and soft-serve vanilla nutella swirl ice cream. What we love even more are the cinema’s Brunch and Midnite series – specially curated film programmes made up of cult movies and classics. Is there anything better than spending a rainy Sunday watching Psycho with a burger and beer? We think not.
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A music venue, bowling alley and restaurant, you say? Yep, this Williamsburg hotspot of food and fun has become a favourite for Brooklynites on weeknight evenings. On one side of the venue you can reserve a bowling alley, kick back on the Chesterfield couches and order Blue Ribbon fried chicken and craft beers. On the other side, there’s a stage and space dedicated to live music and DJ sets, so you can get dancing in the lively crowd.
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No New York trip would be complete without doing something a little, well, random. One of our favourite recent discoveries is the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club tucked away in a very quiet part of Brooklyn. Shuffleboard, for those of you don’t know, is an American pastime favoured by senior citizens. Players use broom-like sticks to swish large discs across the floor, aiming for specific targets. Terrible description aside, we promise you it’s a great time – especially if you and your group are looking for a fun activity and bowling won’t cut it. Fab music, plentiful drinks and a surprisingly attractive crowd only add to the fun at Royal Palms. Who knows, you might even be a secret Shuffleboard pro…
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