Wandering Fort Greene’s brownstone-lined streets will lead you to stellar restaurants, where the good food and diverse population foster lively conversation. In hilly Fort Greene Park, locals walk, play tennis and shop at the Saturday farmers’ market. Climb the steps up to the Stanford White–designed monument in the park’s center and look toward Manhattan for an amazing skyline view. The neighborhood is a cultural center too, with arts venues like BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Center and BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) staging cutting-edge dance, theater and music.
Explore the subtly offbeat charms of these historic, culture-rich neighborhoods just a stone's throw from Manhattan.
An unparalleled resource for Brooklyn-area glass artists, Urban Glass not only offers classes for beginners and experienced artists alike on techniques like glass blowing, sculpting, glass staining and glass bead-making; the art center also exhibits innovative glasswork, and the gift shop stocks handmade glassware and jewelry, all created by working artists and artisans.
Modeled after the traditional German beer hall, this spot offers 18 different German microbrews on tap, as well as 30 bottled beers and a menu of snacks like soft pretzels topped with mustard or Nutella, and currywurst (German sausage sandwiches covered in curry ketchup) to fill your stomach.
A local priest blessed this candy store-turned-watering hole when it opened in February 2009, and since then Fort Greene locals have been flocking there to pray to the beer gods while downing everything from microbrews to international bottles such as Singha from Thailand and Jever from Germany.
General Tso's sweetbreads, grilled octopus with mint cilantro jalapeno sauce, chicken liver and pancetta pate, bone marrow tacos, fish crudo served on pickled peaches, the savory Sardinian snack pani frattau, and roasted pork belly with red pepper relish are just some of the inventive, thoughtful small plates served up at this cozy bistro.
Co-proprietors Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo are the masterminds behind this soon-to-open Fort Greene bookshop—founded after Stockton Bagnulo won the $15,000 grand prize for her business plan from the Brooklyn Public Library.
BAMcafé Live features a diverse mix of free live music and performance in BAM's Lepercq Space, a lounge and bar space in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Recent series include the on-going residency with Black Rock Coalition (BRC). This year you can find some of the best artists from Brooklyn and beyond performing on the BAMcafé Live stage every Friday and Saturday night from October through June. The bar is open for drinks and light menu items beginning at 8pm. There is no cover charge and no drink minimum.