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Brooklyn, NY 11232
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Founded by Brad Estabrooke, the Breuckelen Distilling opened its doors in 2010 amidst a lot of speculations. Thankfully all have been laid to rest, as this artisan gin and whiskey distillery has climbed the popularity charts of gin and whiskey lovers all around the city. The spirits are handcrafted and only raw and organic ingredients are used. Time consuming but well worth the effort and patience. Located in an old boiler room in Sunset Park, this comparatively smaller distillery has certainly carved a niche of its own.
Located in Brooklyn, within the historic Green-Wood Cemetery, is the famous Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel. This Chapel is the place where mourners seek solace, after the loss of a loved one or just come over to pray. The architecture is absolutely fantastic with a beautiful chandelier in the main hall and fantastically designed tainted glass with beautiful designs of Jesus Christ and important Biblical figures on them. The Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel is a visual treat and a must-visit for those on a sightseeing trip of the city.
Created in 1838 as a pastoral park, this breathtaking cemetery covers 478 acres landscaped with lakes, gardens, rambling paths and of course, some of the finest cemetery landmarks in the country. Often used by New Yorkers as a day trip to escape the noise of the city, the serenity of this place is often overwhelming. It has been noted that Frederick Law Olmsted used Green-Wood as a basis for his original designs of Central Park. Notable residents include the composer Leonard Bernstein and stained-glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.
If you are in the mood for fresh IPA or Pale Ale, Other Half Brewing Company is the place to go to in Brooklyn. The beers have flavors of citrus and pine and the tasting menu offers visitors an opportunity to sample various types of beers. Owners Matt Monahan and Sam Richardson ensure the quality of beer is consistent and the taste of the local craft beer remains well balanced.
In the midst of the concrete jungle of Brooklyn lies a blossoming field called the Red Hook Community Farm. A former playground, this waterfront site was transformed into a nurtured garden by Added Value, a not for profit organization promoting sustainable food. Established in 2003, it has empowered the local teens by working in the farm and growing many organic fruits and vegetables. From planting seeds, making compost to selling the produce, the teenagers are trained in urban agriculture. A visit to the Red Hook Community Farm will not only be an eye opener but also a refreshing experience.
The story of this park is entwined with the story of the resurgence of the Red Hook community. Once a thriving port, Red Hook lost a lot of its business in the early and mid-20th Century, and the community suffered because many settlers left the area. However, by the 1970s, with government intervention, the community rose again from the ashes, and a process of redevelopment and revival began. The Red Hook Park was recognized as a community park in 1934, and has since then been a major gathering point for the community, with a range of events taking place here. Do call for more details.
Besides being home to the Bartel-Pritchard Circle War Memorial, the Circle is also the location of a farmer's market that takes place weekly from May through November.
Recently renovated, the Gil Hodges Community Garden has bloomed into a natural haven within the industrial Gowanus neighborhood. The area is home to many community groups and a diverse population that comes together to tend the garden, play chess in the park and enjoy the fragrance of the collection of flowers. The park is also environmentally friendly, as it has been designed to repurpose rainwater from the flood-prone area. It serves as a great outdoor space for families with children, and the community garden provides an opportunity for kids to learn about plants and gardening.
This beautiful Brooklyn park was created by the same architects responsible for the splendid Central Park in Manhattan. Unlike its more famous cousin in Manhattan, Prospect Park sits pretty amidst a primarily residential area and is not surrounded by skyscrapers. Many Olmsted fans dub this 526 acre (212.87 hectare) park his crowning achievement. It features horseback riding, ice skating, tennis, paddle boats and a carousel, as well as the Prospect Park Wildlife Center. There is a band shell for concerts, and Prospect Lake is often teeming with ducks, geese and swans.
A tribute to Charles Carroll, Carroll Park is a pleasant park in the bustling Brooklyn neighborhood. Divided in three sections, the park has recreational and sports facilities for visitors. The areas are spacious, and there are benches and shady trees for families to relax and enjoy the serenity of the peaceful surroundings. The children and teens have plenty of play areas, biking paths and there are three basketball courts, a bocce court and a baseball diamond too! During summer, visitors can cool off with the sprinklers and there are various happenings like children's concerts and other community events that take place on a regular basis. The Carroll Greenmarket, held right across the park, is a much loved place for visitors to shop on some fresh produce.
Prospect Park Carousel is located in the "children's corner" of the Prospect Park. The carousel features 53 animals which are intricately carved and painted. It was created in 1912 and later restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990. The carousel charges USD2 for a ride for adults as well as children and is one of the few carousels which are wheelchair accessible. The carousel is also rented for parties and special occasions. Check website for details.
Urban Meadow is a community park in every sense of the word. This is not a simple green patch or a picnic spot, but this is the place where variety of cultural and social events are hosted. It touches base with a wide spectrum of avenues and involves the entire community. Urban Meadow plays host to a variety of events including the annual Red Hook Jazz Festival, fund-raising plant sale, gardening workshops, special competitions for kids and local festivals. Be it a simple evening stroll or a community meeting, Urban Meadow is always the preferred choice.