Its all about meandering. Just walk, walk, and keep those tired little eyes open. All surfaces around Williamsburg will be covered in graffitti, stencil art, and the trusty new "I'm an Artist" medium, the wheat pasted poster. Just get a little off Bedford and walk into the streets you are sure to see something you like whether you consider it art or filth, theres something for everyone. One standout, Swoon, a woman who makes real intricate die cut figure that she wheat pastes all over. Its crazy to see this piece that was so time consuming quickly decay into invisibility.
Even if you live in a highrise in Brooklyn, there's a good chance you could have your own garden. There are a few sites around the city that are set aside for people to keep a garden. It's a very popular urban concept and I think it's a great one. The way the plots work at Gateway National Recreation Area is through a lottery system. The community is pretty tight knit and the gardens are respected (not vandalized). People go out even on the coldest days in the early spring and fall to maintain their plots and the area is beautiful and well managed. I've lived in cities and definitely miss having a yard--it's nice there's an alternative:)
Artist Colony at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park
Located in DUMBO, one of the last remaining genuinely artsy-fartsty neighborhoods left in New York. Reminds me of the days when New York was still cool. There's an outdoor artist colony at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, although I'm not sure how often the exhibits change. The promenade gives incredible views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn/ Manhattan bridges.
Never drive your lovely car to...
Never drive your lovely car to Brooklyn, Always take a train or grayhound to get there. Otherwise, you won't find a place to park forever in New York City.
Bus and Subway are the best way to get around Brooklyn.
an interesting concept: two restaurants in one
I didn't actually eat here, but I had a drink on the lovely outdoor patio, and made a note to plan on eating here on my next trip to Brooklyn. It's kind of a "condominium restaurant" where two establishments share one space: Carmaya, which is "nouveau Italian," and "Hurricane Hopeful," which serves caribbean food and vegetarian chowders. There were several items on the menu I was yearning to try, and my margarita was tasty.The atmosphere is definitely funky and Brooklyn-y.