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Long home to artists, writers, musicians, and entrepreneurs, Brooklyn never fails to inspire. You can’t avoid discovering something new in this borough of rebirth.

About the Mural

About the Mural

This 23ft by 41ft mural stood large at the intersection of Wythe and North 10th, just a short walk from the Williamsburg Hotel, to serve as an ode to Brooklyn’s ceaseless creativity.

Industry City

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Industry City

Situated in a series of old warehouses that stretch across 30 riverside acres, Industry City is a thrilling microcosm of modern Brooklyn in all its creative glory. The six million square feet of space houses coffee shops and bakeries, a distillery, a salumeria, and food stalls (tacos, anyone?). There are also performance spaces, a rooftop movie theater, and frequent craft fairs.

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

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Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

The landscape of Brooklyn is ever-changing, but beloved stalwarts endure. Since opening his funky industrial-chic Red Hook bakery in 2002, Steve Tarpin’s key lime pies have reached cult status. Whether you opt for the delicately tart original pie or a Swingle, a chocolate-covered pie on a stick, you’ll know right away why it’s a Brooklyn classic.

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Brooklyn Academy of Music

There’s hardly an art form that goes unrepresented on Brooklyn Academy of Music’s jam-packed calendar. International theater productions, musicians, opera companies, dance troupes, and authors grace the stages of this historic performing arts complex while the cinema shows new releases and foreign films. A dedicated exhibition space is slated to open in October.

Spectacle Theater

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Spectacle Theater

Cinephiles, rejoice! This no-frills theater housed in a former bodega is as indie as it gets. Arthouse films, B-movie classics, thought-provoking documentaries, and horror flicks make up a small sampling of the types of movies screened here. Or catch a comedy show or a movie accompanied by a live orchestra.

Brooklyn Grange

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Brooklyn Grange

Only New Yorkers, famously hard-pressed for space, are resourceful enough to create one of the world’s largest rooftop soil farms in a densely packed urban setting. The three Brooklyn Grange locations (including one in Queens) make up a total of 5.6 acres with 135,000 square-feet of growing space that yield 80,000 pounds of organic veggies a year. The Sunset Park location, which opened in August, offers open houses and kids’ events on Sundays.

Cultural Trendsetter

Brooklyn is a diverse mix of hipster neighborhoods, epic parks, reclaimed warehouse districts, tony brownstone-lined streets, and immigrant enclaves. Take the time to explore and you’ll find unique restaurants and bars, cultural offerings, and creative specialty shops throughout each.

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