One of Brooklyn’s off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, Carroll Gardens, offers a plethora of cultural activities. From bars and parks to record stores and arts and crafts shops, we profile ten things to do and see in Carroll Gardens.
La Casita Yarn Shop
Knitting is the new trend, but there are surprisingly few places to meet others in the knitting community. La Casita Yarn Shop offers the opportunity to do just that; knit, shop, drink coffee, and meet other people with the same interests as you. Classes are frequently offered by the fire place, so come by for a hot drink and a pastry or a glass of wine, and get knitting.
Offering a semi-private space for parties of 15 to 20 people, Bar Great Harry gives you the real Brooklyn experience with exposed brick walls and a laid-back atmosphere. A small bar with pinball for some extra entertainment, Bar Great Harry offers your late-night favorites, from reasonably-priced ciders to beers and wines.
Vintage clothes, vinyls, old magazines, forgotten books, antique furniture, and post cards are just some of the things you’ll find at Yesterday’s News. The perfect place to lose yourself for an afternoon, take home some one-of-a-kind gems left over from the days of yore.
Clover Club has all the elegance and luxury of an Upper East Side bar infused with the relaxed vibes of Brooklyn. Enjoy the company of friends and family next to their cozy fireplace while you listen to jazz on one of their many jazz nights. This bar offers both evening and brunch cocktails, including the ‘Bloody Maria’ – a twist on the classic cocktail with blanco tequila.
Named after the American Revolutionary leader Charles Carroll, Carroll Park is the third oldest park in Brooklyn. With amenities such as playgrounds, recreational courts, and Wi-Fi hotspots, this is the perfect place to unwind.
Offering a selection of organic coffees, teas, and juices, Milk Bar Brooklyn is the place for caffeine lovers to get their daily fix, paired with a selection of salads, sandwiches, and eggs. Their Australian iced coffee – a shot of espresso over two scoops of locally-made vanilla bean ice cream – is a crowd favorite.
The Painted Pot is the perfect weekend pastime for aspiring artists of all ages. Paint your own pottery or glassware, or create your masterpiece on canvas. Reservations are not required, so when creative genius strikes, just walk on in. Open to anyone and everyone, The Painted Pot’s only requirement is creativity.
Other Half Brewing Company is not your typical bar; this brewery only offers local beers, including Laatse Ronde, Doug Cascadian Dark, Green Diamonds Double IPA, Falsa Noctis, and more. The taproom is available for special events, so gather your beer-loving friends and have a one-of-a-kind party – the Brooklyn way.
Debuting in 2010 with an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Smith Street Stage’s mission is to bring quality performance art to the people. From theatrical performances of philosophical matters to full Shakespeare adaptations, Smith Street Stage is the Carroll Gardens go-to for all of your theatrical needs.
Specializing in vintage and pre-owned bicycles, The Bike Truck is the place for anyone who’s looking for a new (used) ride. A full tune-up is offered, so stop by to trade in your bike or pick up a new one, and get out to explore the neighborhood on wheels. By Elena CalvoElena Calvo is an aspiring journalist and a lover of New York City and Paris. She is currently working on her new clothing line “Elena Calvo Design” while attending Plattsburgh State University. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, clothing design, and writing.