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about the writers, the artists, the drinkers and the thinkers”. It’s an
entertaining and inspirational afternoon, punctuated with beer breaks,
that will have you revising your library list. Tour departs 1pm Saturdays,
fee US$20. Seewww.literarypubcrawl.com
3. NEXT BEST IN BROOKLYN
Everyone knows that Williamsburg is the hipster heart of Brooklyn,
across the East River from Manhattan. The problem is, the district has
become so popular that it’s lost its edge. Where to go?
East – to the district known as Bushwick. Still a patchwork of
residential neighbourhoods, light industrial zones and commercial
strips, this area is now attracting arty types priced out of Williamsburg.
The result is a fascinating ’hood dotted with street art, cool eateries and
cutting-edge bars and shops.
Catch the L train to the Morgan Avenue subway station to check
out the artist’s studios within the BogArt building at 56 Bogart St(www.56bogartstreet.com
); locally made clothing and art at Better than Jam
at 20 Grattan St(www.betterthanjamnyc.com
); the wood-fired pizzas of
Roberta’s at 261 Moore St(www.robertaspizza.com
); and the contemporary
cocktails of Tutu’s at 25 Bogart St(www.tutusbrooklyn.com)
. Walk along
Wyckoff Avenue to enjoy great coffee at Wyckoff Starr, 30 Wyckoff
) and authentic Mexican food
at budget taco outlet Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos, 271 Starr St.
Finish the day at Northeast Kingdom, 18 Wyckoff Ave (www.north-eastkingdom.com
), a restaurant which specialises in dishes created from
locally-grown (sometimes foraged) ingredients.
4. WEIRD ANDWONDERFUL
They say two things are certain – death and taxes. This Brooklyn
institution, within a former nightclub in the gritty Gowanus district,
is devoted to the former. Founded in 2014, its collections focus on
funerary art and other “intersections of death and beauty”.
So far it’s hosted exhibitions of historic anatomical waxworks, death
masks, biological curiosities under glass and magicians who claimed to
contact the spirit world. There’s always something interesting on display.
Visitors can also browse the well-stocked library with its many
volumes exploring esoteric subjects and even have a snack and a drink at
the café on the ground floor. After all, you only live once. At 424 Third
Ave, Brooklyn, admission US$8. Seemorbidanatomymuseum.org
5. DISCOVER QUEENS
To the north of Brooklyn is Queens, a somewhat overlooked part of
NYC. However, this borough contains some gems such as the Queens
Museum. Refurbished and reopened in 2013, this art gallery and
museum is housed within one of the few buildings left over from the
1939 New York World’s Fair. Around it stretches Flushing Meadows-
Corona Park, reached via the Mets-Willets Point station on the 7
subway line. This sprawling green swathe was home to both the 1939
and 1964 World’s Fairs, and a remnant of the latter is the impressive
Unisphere sculpture, a steel globe of the world in a pool outside the
Inside its walls is an eclectic collection of Tiffany lamps, along with
contemporary art. What’s of most interest, though, is the collection of
memorabilia from the World’s Fairs and the Panorama of the City of
New York, left in place from the 1964 fair.
The Panorama is a huge architectural model of New York City,
spread across almost 900 square metres of floor space which is regularly
updated. Visitors can inspect its 900,000 model buildings from glass
walkways high above. At New York City Building, Flushing Meadows
Corona Park, entry US$8. Seequeensmuseum.org
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