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‘36 Hours in Brooklyn’ touts borough’s underrated attractions

June 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BOROUGHWIDE — BROOKLYN’S HIDDEN AND AFFORDABLE TREASURES were showcased in a New York Times article by travel writer Ingrid K. Williams, a Brooklyn resident. She started by emphasizing that she skirted “overdeveloped areas like Williamsburg and DUMBO” and instead chose some of Brooklyn’s free treasures. Topping Williams’ “Key Stops” are the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series at Prospect Park’s Lena Horne Bandshell, named for the Bed-Stuy native who became one of America’s iconic entertainers and civil rights activists. Williams also suggests taking in an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, which celebrates its bicentennial in 2024, and a walk on Coney Island’s Riegelmann Boardwalk paired with attending a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game. The Pratt (Institute) sculpture Garden and The Word is Change, a second-hand, social-justice-oriented bookstore on Bed-Stuy’s Tompkins Avenue are more choices.

And of course, there’s food: Williams recommends Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst; Radio Bakery in Greenpoint; UnTable, a Thai restaurant, and Malai, an ice cream shop in Carroll Gardens that serves South Asian-inspired flavors like masala chai, lychee and mango and cream — both in traditionally-Italian Carroll Gardens.

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