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 For evening activities, look to Nitehawk Cinema, an intimate, independent cinema and eatery that treats moviegoers to first-run and repertory films along with tableside food and beverage service. Alternatively, take in a concert or hit the lanes at Brooklyn Bowl—a premier music venue and the world's first LEED certified bowling alley.
Whether travelers stay for a few days or just a few hours, one thing’s for certain: it is spots like these that prove there’s more to discover in Brooklyn than a famous bridge.
Written by Ashley Gartland
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Better in Brooklyn
Take a Walking Tour of This Trendy
New York City Borough
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Located near the Brooklyn waterfront, the stylish seventy-room
Manhattan may entice travelers with Broadway shows, designer shops, and one-of-a-kind tourist attractions. But the bright lights of the big city aren’t the only reason tourists are flocking to New York anymore. In recent years, Brooklyn has emerged as a popular travel destination as well, thanks to its artsy culture and ever-growing assortment of shops, restaurants, and boutique hotels.
Brooklyn Made

From picklers to apron artisans, Brooklyn is known for its independent producers. Here are five products that let you bring a small piece of the borough home.

Apotheke Soaps and Candles
Apotheke uses only the best ingredients (think essential oils and cotton wicks) to make their small batch soaps and clean-burning candles. Try the sage, green tea, and lemongrass soap and the floral Signature candle. www.apothekeco.com

Brooklyn Brine Co.’s Pickles
Handcrafted pickles from Brooklyn Brine Co. redefine what a pickle can be with flavors such as maple bourbon bread and butter pickles. www.brooklynbrine.com

Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters 
Upgrade your cocktail game with the standout bitters from this seasonally driven bitters company. Although there are plenty to choose from, consider the popular Black Mission Fig variety. www.brooklynbitters.com

franny’s: Simple Seasonal
Italian Cookbook

Bring modern Italian dishes from a beloved Brooklyn restaurant home care of franny’s long-awaited cookbook. www.frannysbrooklyn.com

Stanley & Sons Aprons
Made by the grandson of an apron maker, Stanley & Sons’ leather-and-denim aprons promise style and craftsmanship in one well-made package. www.apronandbag.com
 Though each of Brooklyn’s distinct neighborhoods has its charms, Williamsburg is one of the most desirable, interesting, and accessible options for tourists to visit. Located on the Brooklyn waterfront just a quick subway ride from lower Manhattan, this hipster haven caters to artistic types, gastronomes, and cool-seekers alike with a pleasing blend of boutiques, coffee bars, independent restaurants, artisan markets, and trendy hangouts like the buzzworthy Wythe Hotel.
 The seventy-room Wythe Hotel opened in 2012 in the home of a former cooperage near the Williamsburg waterfront. Inside and out, the owners smartly preserved the building’s industrial character, marrying original elements like arched windows and pine beams with more modern touches. A stay here is also defined by well-thought amenities from radiant-heat cement floors and seasonally sourced mini-bar offerings in the rooms to meals at Reynard, the ground floor market-driven restaurant helmed by trailblazing Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.
 Beyond Reynard—and Tarlow’s impressive portfolio of prominent restaurants—tourists can eat very well in Brooklyn from sunup to sundown. In Williamsburg in particular, travelers might start the day at Bakeri, a tiny artisanal bakery where, weather permitting, they can linger on a peaceful back patio with an espresso and scratch-made brioche roll. Later in the day, look to Caracas Arepa Bar for a taste of true Venezuelan arepas (flatbreads made from ground maize then stuffed with irresistible fillings). Or head to Pies ‘n’ Thighs for Southern-leaning American dishes such as crispy fried chicken and waffles, Carolina pulled pork, and fresh-baked pies.
 You can work up an appetite (or walk off those meals) with a stroll along the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, Bedford Avenue. Stop by Catbird to browse the iconic jewelry shop’s carefully curated selection of pieces or pop into In God We Trust for homespun American-made clothing, accessories, and home goods. Shoppers looking to bring a taste of Brooklyn’s culinary artisans home will also find reason to stop for edible souvenirs at the Bedford Cheese Shop or venture just beyond the main strip to Mast Brothers Chocolate.
 Alternatively, consider visiting the Brooklyn Flea. Founded in 2008, this weekly artisan market features hundreds of top local and regional vendors and changes location depending on the day of the week. (It pops up near Williamsburg’s East River State Park every Sunday through late November.) Browse booths filled with vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, art, and antique furniture then head over to the artisan food vendors for a sweet treat like a gourmet dulce de leche doughnut from Dough.
Sharon Medairy, RealtorŪ
Sharon Medairy, RealtorŪ
510-450-1001
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sharon@medairy.net
www.Medairy.net
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