Welcome to Brooklyn! Plan Your Visit for Xlab 2018

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Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York. (Translation: It has a lot of cool people and places, you should check it out.) Since you’ll be in town for SEGD’s signature digital experiential graphic design event, Xlab 2018, we’ve put together a cheat sheet of things to do (with help from some member Brooklynites). Enjoy! 


  1. The Green Wood Cemetery Sure, it’s a little morbid, but it’s Halloween season. There is a free exhibit, “Bridging Worlds,” and on 10/31, the cemetery is hosting a tour at 6:30 pm called “Secrets in Stone.” (P.S. A Green Wood Cemetery exhibitwon an SEGD Global Design Award a few years back.)
  2. Brooklyn Museum Check out current exhibitions like “Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art!,” “Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection” and “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.”
  3. Grand Army Plaza A beautiful public park plaza with sculpted arch and fountain right nearby the Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Gardens, both worth a visit.
  4. New York Aquarium Don’t miss the interactive exhibit “Ocean Wonder: Sharks!”at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island that we recently posted about. 
  5. Bushwick Collective Get your Instagram on in this street art haven. (There are photo tours,if that’s your thing.) While you’re in Bushwick, check out Shops at the Loom.
  6. A/D/O Mini’s Amalgamated Drawing Office, or A/D/O, is located in a 23,000 square foot former warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone. It has been converted into a space for creative exchange with a shop, workspace and lectures.
  7. Industry City Shop, browse, snack and even salsa dance at Industry City, a recent adaptive reuse project. (Read about it here.)
  8. Check out 2018 and 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards winning projects City Point and Etsy Global Headquarters
  9. SEGD-exclusive optional Brooklyn Xlab studio tours on November 1: Hush 10a-12p and New Project 2p-4p ($50 each)
  10. Xlab 2018, SEGD’s signature digital experiential graphic design event, with a focus on storytelling for place will be held at BRIC, a leading presenter of cultural programming in Brooklyn on November 2. (Read about BRIC’s graphics program, here.)



  1. DeKalb Market Hall Find exactly what you’re craving, from pierogi to fried seafood to donuts, at 40 vendors in this hip food hall. They even have their own singing cowboy!
  2. Cafe Paulette A cozy french bistro with classic dishes and a daily happy hour (yes, even on the weekend!).
  3. Chuko With two locations in Brooklyn, Chuko means “vintage” in Japanese—a testament to the ramen restaurant’s careful selection of both traditional and novel ingredients. 
  4. Royal Palms Shuffle off to the Brooklyn location of this shuffleboard bar, where tropical drinks and DJs come standard. (Courts are $40 and are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.)
  5. Radegast Hall & Biergarten Need a highly-rated, authentic German bier hall experience to close out the Oktoberfest season? You’ve got it at Radegast Hall & Biergarten.
  6. Pig Beach Weird name aside, this BBQ joint is hot. (P.S. Bust out your costume if you’re there on Halloween.)
  7. Because it’s New York, here are two excellent options for Pizza: Lucali (cash only, BYOB) and Di Fara (a favorite of famous chefs). Need more options?
  8. L’Wren Want a quiet cocktail for a completely reasonable price? The new L’Wren might be your spot.
  9. Devocion Is the ideal spot for a rejuvenating and freshly roasted Colombian coffee—with two enticing cafes in Brooklyn. 
  10. The post-Xlab SEGD chapter mixer, Friday November 2, 6p-8p at Kings Beer Hall is going to be a good time, with bites and drinks—don’t miss it!


Don’t forget the main event: Xlab 2018, November 1-2! Register now to take advantage of special offers.