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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!
SEE & DO
- 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.)
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Industry City Shop, browse, snack and even salsa dance at Industry City, a recent adaptive reuse project. (Read about it here.)
- Check out 2018 and 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards winning projects City Point and Etsy Global Headquarters
- SEGD-exclusive optional Brooklyn Xlab studio tours on November 1: Hush 10a-12p and New Project 2p-4p ($50 each)
- 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.)
EAT & DRINK
- 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!
- Cafe Paulette A cozy french bistro with classic dishes and a daily happy hour (yes, even on the weekend!).
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Pig Beach Weird name aside, this BBQ joint is hot. (P.S. Bust out your costume if you're there on Halloween.)
- 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?
- L'Wren Want a quiet cocktail for a completely reasonable price? The new L'Wren might be your spot.
- Devocion Is the ideal spot for a rejuvenating and freshly roasted Colombian coffee—with two enticing cafes in Brooklyn.
- 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.