Brooklyn Itinerary: Cherry Blossoms and Prospect Heights‏

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Hanami:
Cherry Blossom Viewing

Cherry-blossom viewing, known as hanami, is a centuries-old Japanese
custom, a springtime occasion for merriment and the contemplation of
life’s beauty and transience. Visitors and locals can
partake in this tradition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, home to
scores of flowering varieties for public enjoyment. Guided tours
focusing on the blooms are held on Wednesdays during the April viewing
season, and the more-frequent garden highlights tours
touch upon them as well (bbg.org/cherries).  

35th Anniversary Sakura Matsuri – From April 30 to May
1, Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts the weekend-long Cherry Blossom
Festival, known in Japanese as Sakura Matsuri. During the Festival,
which is celebrating its 35th year at Brooklyn
Botanic Garden, visitors can enjoy an array of events and activities
celebrating Japanese culture, including J-pop concerts, traditional
Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, martial arts, bonsai-pruning
workshops, tea ceremonies and manga art (bbg.org/sakura_matsuri). 

Culture & Entertainment

Barclays Center – The 18,000 seat Barclays Center is home
to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and, most recently, the NHL’s New York
Islanders. The venue is also host to boxing, circuses, family shows and
concerts, including Florence and the Machine (June
14), and Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas (July 8) this summer (barclayscenter.com). 

Brooklyn Museum –Brooklyn Museum possesses an extensive permanent
collection of ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European
painting, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art, in
addition to rotating cutting-edge exhibitions and programs
(www.brooklynmuseum.org).  Current exhibitions on display at the museum include:

·        
This Place
This Place explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank,
as place and metaphor, through the eyes of twelve internationally
acclaimed photographers (through June 5, 2016).

·        
Agitprop!
Agitprop! connects contemporary art devoted to social change with
historic moments in creative activism, highlighting activities that
seek to motivate broad and diverse publics (through August 7, 2016).

·        
Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull) – This site-specific installation recalls the birth of new public art in Coney Island,
and the emergence of a uniquely American and wholly “Coney Island” style of painting.

Brooklyn Public Library – Visitors can take in the stunning architecture of the Brooklyn Public Library and enjoy its collection of
1.5 million books and magazines (bklynlibrary.org). 

Prospect Park – Go horse-back riding or ride the carousel, visit
the Prospect Park Zoo, walk through the breathtaking Long Meadow, and
ice skate at LeFrak recreation center. Attend the BRIC Celebrate
Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell,
New York’s longest-running, free outdoor performing arts Festival
featuring live music (prospectpark.org). 

Dining

Ample Hills
Offering creative flavors such as Snap, Mallow, Pop (marshmallow ice
cream with buttery Rice Krispies clusters) and The Raw Deal (vanilla ice
cream with
chocolate flakes and homemade brown butter chocolate cookie dough),
Ample Hills is a great spot to take the kids, in addition to anyone with
a sweet tooth (amplehills.com). 

El Atoradero– a Poblano Mexican joint that originally operated in
the Bronx, El Atoradero features homemade Mexican eats and outdoor
seating, ideal for the warm spring weather (elatoraderobrooklyn.com).
 

Chuko Ramen– Chuko Ramen serves up ramen and Japanese inspired dishes with unexpected ingredients and flavor combinations (barchuko.com/chuko-ramen). 

The Islands– The Islands gives visitors a taste of the Caribbean with savory jerk chicken and calypso shrimp (zomato.com/the-islands). 

Tom’s Restaurant
A family owned and operated diner known for its pancakes, egg creams
and key lime rickeys, Tom’s Restaurant is an iconic diner in New York
City’s
restaurant scene (tomsrestaurant.net).    

The Vanderbilt– A seasonal American gastropub with an intimate and stylish setting, The Vanderbilt serves everything from eggplant
lasagna to grilled pork chops (thevanderbiltnyc.com).  

Nightlife

Tooker Alley
Serving up classic and modern cocktails, Tooker Alley is a speakeasy
that gets its name from the location of Chicago’s famed Dil Pickle Club (tookeralley.com). 

Weather Up– The old-fashioned cocktail bar and popular local hot-spot is the perfect place to relax with a high-end drink (weatherupnyc.com).  

Shopping

O.N.A. – The trendy woman’s boutique features bold, modern clothing and accessories from local designers (onanyc.com). 

1 of a Find Vintage– Don’t leave Brooklyn without purchasing some vintage items, whether it’s clothing or home goods (1ofafindnyc.com). 

Empire Mayonnaise– For unique souvenirs from the
neighborhood and a taste of Brooklyn’s artisan culture, Empire
Mayonnaise sells a wide variety of mayonnaise flavors including Bacon,
Roasted Garlic, Sriracha and White Truffle (empiremayo.com). 

Unnameable Books
– For the book worms, Unnameable Books sells new and used books and
also hosts events including talks, book launches and readings (facebook.com/unnameable). 

Transportation

Prospect Heights
borders main streets Atlantic Avenue, Eastern Parkway and Flatbush
Avenue. It is a quick ten minute subway ride from Lower Manhattan and
less than a half hour from Midtown. The 2, 3, 4, 5,
B, D, N, Q, and R trains all stop in the neighborhood, as do public
buses, making for a smooth and seamless commute from no matter which
borough one is staying. 

Additional information is available on www.nycgo.com

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