Who needs a well dressed neighbor with an ever shrinking closet to find the good threads in with Beason's Closet in the Neighborhood? Buy and sell your trendy clothes to keep your wardrobe fresh. Seasional and Picky this is no salvation army. They also sell some CD's, new sunglasses, jewlery and other accessories. Tight racks, but navigatable. Like all thrift stores, inexpensive.
Learn Salsa from the masters! La Salsa de Hoy Dance Studio offers classes for every level, teaching over 50 moves and innumerable combinations. Their instructors regularily attend workshops and teach at national conventions. They know and dance different styles as well as both the male and female parts. It is a super fun way to get excersize and learn how to move!
Ozzie's on 5th ave. offers two couches, numerous tables, and a number of computers for pay internet access. The decor is cute, very coffee processing. The drinks themselves are good, and "educational" information is displayed on the wall for those of us who wanted to know the differnt types of roasts and why we like them. However with as much free wireless as is available these days I was disapointed that they offer pay as you go. (You can connect to neighboring airports though.) The couches are uncomfortable and kind of gross. They do host Poetry readings twice a month, and ship thier coffee anywhere in the US.
PROS: Good Coffee
CONS: Pay Internet
The Tea Lounge on Union St. might possibly be the biggest coffee shop in Brooklyn with 5 couch seating circles, and numerous tables. It offers live music and a full liquor bar for the night crew, of course coffee and tea and some munchies for the day people and features local artists on the walls. Free Wireless Internet tops the coffee cake. Day time can get overrun with stroller gangs, but there is always room to cozy up in another part of the lounge.
PROS: Atmosphere, drinks,
CONS: stroller gangs
Good sandwiches, salads, pasta meat and fish dishes with a brooklyn Italian twist. Brunch features delecious egg meals and great drinks! Dessert might be the best part with fabulous cookies, awesome tarts and famously good cupcakes (far better than Magnolia)! A great meal everytime! The old brooklyn pictures on the wall and friendly staff make everyone feel at home.
Good footing carries comfee casual and dress casual shoes for men and women. From Merrell to Dansko to Wolki the quality comes in numerous styles. The employees are cheerful, knowledgable and helpful. The prices are competitve as well. Spacious and well stocked Good footing is a pleasent place to buy shoes.
PROS: Selection, Customer Service
Carla's eye is amazing. Her photo's are beautifully balanced and brilliantly laid out. From magazine shoots to models to career headshots she does it all. Check out her portfolio online.
PROS: Creativity, Ability, price
Highline bar is a trendy creatively designed new lounge. With beds to dink on upstairs and a glass bubble fountain downstairs the decore is as much art as scene. The drinks are somewhat pricey, and the people are usually dressed to impress, but it is not pretentious or annoying. A great place to start the night, close to Greenwich village and Chelsea, the local is good and scene is fun.
The Brooklyn Museum of Art is rather impressive. Do not make the mistake that all the good art museums are in Manhattan! The ever changing exhibits range from anthropological collections to modern local art heros to classics. The museum also pairs multiple disiplines for a more comprehensive artistic experience, for instance the Walt Whitman exhibit combines his poetry with related Brooklyn paintings. A beautiful collection of visual and audio art. The museum is inexpensive and a great asset to the community of Brooklyn.
The front door opens to a regular bar with a huge variety of alcohols. Past the bar is a jukebox, pool table and dart board. And beyond that...Couches!! Rather large for a New York City bar, Loki is laid back, cozy and chill. The pool table though usually dominated by expert players is open to anyone with quarters and the regulars are nice and fun to challenge. The dart board usually has less of line, and the couches are plentiful. Weekends are busier, of course, but the bar tenders are always nice and crowd is chill.