My Brooklyn Is Better Than Yours

Manhattan? Fuhgeddaboudit. These days, the most interesting part of New York is across the East River.

My favorite entertainment spot in Brooklyn, Pete's Candy Store, holds a special place in my heart as the site of my first date with my boyfriend. Pete's serves tasty drinks and bar food, but is best known for its weekly events, like a reading series, stand-up comedy, and even a spelling bee. Grab a pint and make a night of it. You'll be glad you came.

  • McCarren Park Pool Lorimer St. and Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, 212/639-9675, nycgovparks.org
  • Floyd, NY 131 Atlantic Ave., Carroll Gardens, 718/858-5810, floydny.com
  • Barbès 376 Ninth St., Park Slope, 718/965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden 900 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights, 718/623-7200, bbg.org, $5, closed Mon.
  • Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy., Prospect Heights, 718/638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org, $8, closed Mon. and Tues.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Dumbo, 718/802-0603, brooklynbridgepark.org
  • Rooftop Films 718/417-7362, rooftopfilms.com
  • Southpaw 125 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, 718/230-0236, spsounds.com
  • Moto 394 Broadway, Williamsburg, 718/599-6895, circa1938.com
  • The Riviera 103 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, 718/599-5589, seeyouattheriviera.com
  • Prospect Park 718/965-8999, prospectpark.org
  • Coney Island 718/372-5159, coneyisland.com
  • Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, 718/302-3770, petescandystore.com

    Use these handy maps to explore Brooklyn. Just print and go!
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