Brooklyn for film, theater & art lovers

This guide to Brooklyn’s cultural attractions is a work-in-progress. If you have suggestions or would like to contribute ideas or content, please contact Poor Stuart.

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Local sources

 
The Brooklyn Eagle – daily news
Spectrum News NY1 | Brooklyn – NY1.com

 

Bklyner. – Neighborhood news, especially South Brooklyn.
Arts Gowanus is a not-for-profit organization working to support, promote, and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community.
Public art:
New York Magazine daily listings
New York Times arts listings
Theater news & reviews: Show-Score – “TripAdvisor for theater” by fans, for fans – Theatre Is EasyCulturebot OffOffOnline
WFUV concert calendar
Food & drink guides
The Infatuation best restaurants in BushwickConey IslandGowanusProspect Lefferts Gardens
Zagat best restaurants in Brooklyn Heights/DumboCarroll GardensFt. Greene/Clinton HillGreenpointPark SlopeNear Prospect ParkWilliamsburg

New Yorker Today (iOS app)
Getting around: The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) is perpetually jammed.
CitiBike
Uber, Lyft available everywhere

East River ferries


Annual events:

Next Wave Festival – Theater, dance and opera at Brooklyn Academy of Music MAP (September-December)
Gowanus Open Studios – Visit local artists in their workspaces (October)
New York City Marathon (first Sunday in November)
Celebrate Brooklyn – Touring musicians and a relaxed vibe at Prospect Park bandshell as kids run around with glowsticks, June-August.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade each June
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival – Two boisterous nights of Balkan music and public dancing in mid-January – The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Folk Festival, April in Brooklyn Heights
Popular Brooklyn Half – Biggest half-marathon in the USA, running from Brooklyn Museum to Coney Island (May)
Brooklyn Half Marathon, October – Course map

Movies

Showtimes today

BROOKLYN NORTH
(Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick)
By theater By movie title
BROOKLYN DOWNTOWN
(Downtown, Ft Greene, Park Slope, Cobble Hill)
By theaterBy movie title
OUTER BROOKLYN
(Bay Ridge, Lindenwood)
By theaterBy movie title
ALL NYC
 

Curated film series & festivals

BAMcinematek presents classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives year-round, and mounts BAMcinemaFest in June to showcase independent films. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, eight days in October, and Nitehawk Short six days in Noverber, based at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg.
Rooftop Cinema Club at two sites: the YOTEL (570 Tenth Ave) in midtown Manhattan and OfficeOps in East Williamsburg (57 Thames St).

Theater

Standout stages – Brooklyn
Theatre for a New Audience‘s new home at Polonsky Shakespeare Center combines an Elizabethan courtyard theatre with modern theatre technology- 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn NY (866) 811-4111
Brooklyn Academy of Music – Showcases emerging artists and innovative modern masters – 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 636-4100
St. Ann’s Warehouse – Adventurous productions in the versatile open space of the old 1860 Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park – 45 Water Street, Brooklyn NY (718) 254-8779
Ticket services and other resources

Museums

Current exhibitions


Jasper Johns: Mind / Mirror
The most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to Johns’s art, featuring his most iconic paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures from 1954 to today. Displayed in two distinct parts, the exhibition appears simultaneously at the Whitney and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Museum directory

Whitney Museum

Brooklyn Museum – – 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY (718) 638-5000

Galleries

 

A sampling of notable galleries. For comprehensive listings see artnet event listings, artforum artguide or New York Magazine

Gallery directory

Pioneer Works – Red Hook, cross-disciplinary arts center

Performance venues

Kings Theatre

Barclays Center – Home to Brooklyn Nets, New York Islanders, premium concerts. New York City’s only LEED© Silver Certified venue. With turf on top. Up to 19,000 seats for concerts, with 101 luxury suites – 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
The Bell House
Eclectic music and live events venue in Gowanus – 149 7th St, Brooklyn NY (718) 643-6510Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

– Multiple venues in Ft. Greene: BAM Harvey Theater at 651 Fulton St and Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave Brooklyn NY

Brooklyn Steel – Live music spot in East Williamsburg – 319 Frost St, Brooklyn NY (888) 929-7849
Kings Theatre – Massive hall in French Renaissance Revival style, recently renovated – 1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg – Indie-rock music space with 3 bars – 66 N 6th St, Brooklyn NY (718) 486-5400

Rough Trade – Vinyl record superstore and performance space in Williamsburg – 64 North 9th St, Brooklyn NY (718) 388-4111

Jazz clubs

ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Gowanus, Brooklyn (646) 820-9452)

Bookstores & music shops

Greenwood Cemetery
Books Are Magic

Downtown & central
Books Are Magic Indie bookstore in Cobble Hill. 225 Smith St., Brooklyn NY 11231 718-246-BOOK
Community Bookstore – New books, a garden, a cat and a turtle in Park Slope. 143 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Also owns nearby Terrace Books – 242 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Greenlight Bookstores (718) 246-0200 – Fort Greene: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn NY. Prospect Lefferts Gardens: 632 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY
Powerhouse Arena – Gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance and events space – 28 Adams St, Brooklyn NY (DUMBO) (718) 666-3049
Unnameable Books – New and used, readings and events – 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn NY (Prospect Heights) (718) 789-1534

Black Gold – vinyl & espresso – 461 Court St, Carroll Gardens
Almost Ready Records – records and tapes, particularly punk – 135 Huntington St, Carroll Gardens
Bene’s – funky vinyl shop with world music & obscure treasures – 360 Van Brunt St, Red Hook
Jalopy Theatre – sells house label records – 315 Columbia St, Red Hook
Union Max – tiny vinyl selection plus vintage clothes – corner Union and Columbia St, Red Hook
Beacon’s Closet – small vinyl selection – 92 Fifth Ave, Park Slope

Williamsburg & Greenpoint
Archestratus – New and vintage cookbooks – 160 Huron St, Brooklyn NY (718) 349-7711
Book Thug Nation – Used fiction, film, philosophy, and special events – 100 N 3rd St, Brooklyn NY
Quimby’s Bookstore NYC – Zines, small presses, alt magazines and photography, with Desert Island comics next door (Williamsburg) – 536 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn NY (718) 384-1215
Spoonbill & Sugartown – New & used – 218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 387-7322
WORD – Neighborhood indie – 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn NY (718) 383-0096
McNally Jackson new store at 76 N. 4th St, Unit G, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 387-0115

Rough Trade – Vinyl record superstore and performance space in Williamsburg – 64 North 9th St, Brooklyn NY (718) 388-4111

Queens

Astoria Bookshop – Intimate and diverse – 31-29 31st St, Astoria NY (718) 278-2665
Book Culture – 26-09 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY

Brazenhead

Shakespeare & Co returns [nytimes]
Meet 50 independent booksellers in their habitats
What It Takes to Open a Bookstore [NY Times]

Haunts & hangouts

Jane’s Carousel

A/D/O creative space is located in a 23,000 square foot former warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone – 29 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint
The Freehold – airy, hotel-like space in Williamsburg – 45 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg
McCarren Park, Williamsburg
Brooklyn Bowl – “rock and roll” on 16 lanes with live music nightly and specialty food in Williamsburg – 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn NY
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Prospect Park
McCarren Park, Williamsburg/Greenpoint

The Way Station, nerdy vibe bar in Prospect Heights with themed talks on sci-fi topics, live music includes Geeks Who Drink trivia

Dog-friendly – Pig Beach, Gowanus; Lavendar Lake, Gowanus; Habana Output, Ft. Greene; Lucky Dog, Williamsburg; The Springs, Greenpoint; Brooklyn Cider House, Bushwick; The Breakers, Williamsburg; Forrest Point, Bushwick; https://www.theinfatuation.com/new-york/guides/dog-friendly-restaurants-bars –

Local radio

WFMU 91.1FM – Longest-running free-form station in the country. From East Orange NJ
WFUV 90.7FM – Listener-supported radio from Fordham University, with performance videos on VuHaus
WNYC 90.9FM – One of the country’s biggest public radio outlets
WQXR – 105.9 FM – Classical. The WQXR mobile app (music alarm and sleep timer)

References

Guidebooks

Brooklyn Mom & Pop, a little handbook by Karen McBurnie and Jon Hammer, published by UK guide company Herb Lester Associates — 99 restaurants, bars and grocers that have stood the test of time
Walking Brooklyn by Adrienne Onofri (2017, Wilderness Press), maps out 30 walking tours to explore neighborhood history, architecture, ethnic heritage and role in Brooklyn’s renaissance
The Brooklyn Nobody Knows – An Urban Walking Guide, by William B Helmreich, a professor at City University of New York (2016, Princeton University Press). Based on the author’s 816 miles of walking the borough.

RESEARCH NOTES

Local papers: Brooklyn Daily Eagle Red Hook Star-Revue, monthly, founded 2010, web site www.star-revue.com – Covers city planning, has arts & music calendarBrooklyn Downtown Star, weekly, independent serving Brooklyn “The Biggest Little City in the World” – professions and politics, with local classifieds. Entertainment section with Queens Ledger.Home Reporter and Sunset News, weekly from Brooklyn Eagle Group, publisher EBrooklyn Media, with digital edition by email. With police beat blotter for 68th Precinct and 62nd Precinct, 2nd Department/Public Legal Notices. brooklynreporter.com

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Brooklyn has BAM, BRIC, Polonsky Shakespeare, Mark Morris dance, St. Ann’s Warehouse. There are 7 Michelin-starred restaurants.
There is Prospect Park, nearly the size of Central Park but far less crowded, with its own 60-acre lake, skating rink, zoo and, next door, the Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Museum.
More than 300 miles of bike paths, bike lanes and greenways (see Brooklyn bike map)
Running trails: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Greenway in Williamsburg (6 miles completed of planned 14), and remarkable, super-hilly Green-Wood Cemetery
(New York Road Runners)
Ferry service to and from Manhattan (map)
Google – Wikipedia: Biggest borough of New York City, population-wise, with more than 2.5 million residents. Totals 97 square miles (250 km2) in area, of which 71 square miles (180 km2) is land (73%), and 26 square miles (67 km2) is water (27%);

  • Busiest subway stations
  • Atlantic Ave – Barclay Center (2-3-4-5-B-D-N-Q-R) – 15.6M
  • Jay St-Metrotech (A-C-F-R) – 13M
  • Court St (R)-Borough Hall (2-3-4-5) – 10.7M
  • Bedford Ave (L) – 9.6M
  • Crown Heights-Utica Ave (3-4) – 9M
  • Myrtle-Wykoff Aves (L-M) – 7M
  • Dekalb Ave (B-Q-R) – 6.5M
  • (source MTA subway statistics 2017)

Creative people in Brooklyn Audiences Patrons Artists – High-profile entertainment industry types and overall artist counts by neighborhood (2015)

How to subdivide Brooklyn ….-
North Brooklyn, encompassing Greenpoint, Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, connected to Manhattan by the Williamsburg Bridge and the L, J, M and Z subway lines
South Brooklyn (Downtown and central Brooklyn), connecting to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, and subways Q,R,2,3,4,5, F, G, this realm of Brooklyn fans out from downtown (Borough Hall) along the East River shore from the Navy Yard to Red Hook, embracing the neighborhoods surrounding Green-Wood Cemetery and Prospect Park, and the surface streets of Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, encompassing
Downtown, the Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill,
Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, South Slope, Windsor Terrace, Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope South, Kensington, Crown Heights,
Sunset Park, Ditmus Park Outer Brooklyn, a vast swath from the Verrazano Bridge and Bay Ridge to Coney Island to the Gateway National Recreation Area
The first two, given their proximity to Manhattan, will get the greatest share of attention. The third, lighter treatment for now.

Maps: NYC sources: NYCityMap NYC City Planning maps of landuse, demographics

Built environment Brownstone Brooklyn High-Rise Brooklyn

The big workplaces — Google, Wall Street, are in Manhattan — but after work, about 400,000 people commute home to Brooklyn.From the Clark Street (2-3) subway station in Brooklyn Heights, 1.7 million commutes began in 2017 according to xxxx. Neighborhood associations: Cobble Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association,

Brooklyn regions are tricky: “South Brooklyn is an historic term for a section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, encompassing areas of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, DUMBO, Red Hook, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Boerum Hill. It is roughly encompassed by Brooklyn Community Board 6, which in turn approximates the southern half of the 18th century Town of Brooklyn. It is named for its physical location, the southern portion of the original Village of Brooklyn.” — http://southbrooklyn.com/neighborhoods

Population by neighborhood (see NYC OpenData – https://data.cityofnewyork.us/City-Government/New-York-City-Population-By-Neighborhood-Tabulatio/swpk-hqdp/data)

bklynr: Brooklyn’s a huge and complex place, but too few of its neighborhoods get the coverage they deserve. Bklynr tells in-depth stories about all of Brooklyn, and it tells them in a new way.
updated: Bklyner is your go-to source for Brooklyn news, one neighborhood at a time. News, Food, Events, Neighborhoods. Previously a network of neighborhood news sites: Bensonhurst Bean, Ditmas Park Corner, Fort Greene Focus, KensingtonBK, Park Slope Stoop, Sheepshead Bites, South Slope News, and Sunset Park Voice.

(from announcement of Shirley Chisholm statue design winner): The imposing sculpture is the brainchild of artists and architects Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous, a Crown Heights resident. Although Williams is from Chicago, she calls Brooklyn her “second home,” and said that in addition to Chisholm’s legacy, the borough itself played a key role in the inspiration behind the project. “There’s something that is so exciting and fresh about Brooklyn and its personality,” Williams told the Brooklyn Eagle. “I knew that when I started going there in the early ’90s. Now, having gotten to know Shirley Chisholm through her autobiography and the documentaries about her bid for the presidential election, I can see how she’s just so Brooklyn. “She embodies so many of the things that I love about Brooklyn. It’s okay with itself. It loves itself. It’s not trying to be Manhattan. It’s potentially eclipsed Manhattan in its popularity at this point in time in the way we’ve seen it develop and evolve over the past 20-plus years.” “It’s just so bold and so self-assured, and that feels like two things that describe everything that I know about Brooklyn.”


But its cool quotient grows steadily. Brooklyn has undergone a renaissance since XXXX??
New York City is a galaxy of performing arts, visual arts, television, media and music centers and home to Broadway theater. Its cosmopolitan audiences support bookstores, art-house cinemas, original performances and restaurants of all descriptions. Williamsburg, Ft. Greene and Bushwick overflow with artists, writers and performers.

Brooklyn Cultural District – “The Brooklyn Cultural District, home to diverse cultural groups representing nearly every artistic discipline, stretches across Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The breadth, diversity, and density of these organizations, ranging from the 18,000+ seat Barclays Center to one-room galleries in Vinegar Hill, is unmatched and represents one of the City’s great cultural destinations.”