If it’s Sunday, you can also spend some time perusing the vintage and local design offerings of the Brooklyn Flea. Down the street more vintage, art, design and food finds are housed in Artists & Flea open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 7pm. There are tons of quirky finds: bowls made from storm-destroyed trees, blackberry pear popsicles, filet mignon jerky, handmade spirit jugs, hard-to-find records, jewelry made from typewriter keys and more. Don’t worry if it’s not a weekend – can always wander down Bedford Avenue and the parallel avenues any day of the week to browse the numerous local boutiques.
After you’re done shopping, make a stop at the nearby Mast Brothers Chocolate, great for those with a sweet tooth as well as people on a budget. In their factory you’ll see first-hand how their sustainable chocolate is produced, as well as enjoy free samples of their different bars (I love their dark chocolate bar topped with sea salt!).
What goes better with chocolate than wine? About a two-minute walk away is The Four Horseman, a winery, bar, eatery that is owned by local and international legend James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. This 40-seat bistro sports a rather impressive wine menu including orange wines from abroad.
Nitehawk Cinema offers a unique dining experience, combining dinner, booze and film. According to the cinema, they’re the reason laws in New York were changed to allow drinking in movie theaters. Check their schedule for times and films. They also put on a number of signature series events, like Nitehawk Naughties (dirty films shown at midnight), Film Feasts (movies paired with film-inspired eats), Live Sound Cinema (live music against silent film) and Local Color (movies made by local filmmakers).
If you’re a night owl, spend the evening dancing to energetic DJs at The Good Room, which hosts an array of up-and-coming names as well as well-known acts. Their rooftop is amazing, and the drinks are surprisingly affordable. The main draw, however, is the sound system, which fills the room with sound in a way that won’t allow you to not dance.
Dancing not your thing? Head to one of Williamsburg’s many rooftops for an after-dark cocktail and spectacular evening views, like Westlight, Night of Joy and Berry Park.
Expert Tip: Check out the events calendar for McCarren Park. Throughout the year the park offers farmers markets, outdoor film screenings, a public pool, ice skating and more. So no matter your interests in food, culture and shopping, all of this and more can be had just steps from your new Luxury Williamsburg Apartment at 420 Kent in Domino Park.