We’re finishing our tour of great desk escapes in the New York Metro area with one of our favorites, in Downtown Brooklyn. We love our Brooklynite friends, who seem to believe with all of their being that living and being from Brooklyn means that you’ve passed both an intelligence and coolness test that the rest of us (including all of us at hopara, which is based near the East Village in Manhattan) clearly lack. So we’ve saved some of the best activities for you guys in Brooklyn who can’t stare at your computer monitors anymore. As always, we’ll give you a few activities that take about an hour and give you a break from your day. Here goes:
Downtown Brooklyn Great Desk Escape Activity #1: Tour the Kings County Distillery
Alright, this is really a bonus activity, since these tours are only offered informally from 2:30p to 5:30p on Saturdays, and you can’t call to find out if there’s actually anyone there to offer the tour (there usually is). But if you’re a banker or consultant or some other mucky-muck that works 24/7, this would definitely count as a good break from the day or, at the very least, quiet revenge on your friends who could meet for brunch hours earlier. Besides, the whiskey is pretty good, and it’s the only time you’ll see a still within city limits that’s there legally.
Downtown Brooklyn Great Desk Escape Activity #2: Gallery Tour!
Our friends in Brooklyn — admittedly, many of them are artists — hate the Brooklyn gallery scene. We think that this is because they all dream of being paid $100,000 per painting and having a massive solo show in Chelsea… and while it’s true that the most recognizable stuff is in Manhattan, there are a lot of great artists who get their start or get a lot more freedom in Brooklyn. We think that the best way to do this is to bike down to Brooklyn Bridge Park (come on, you have a bike, right?) and follow Water Street under the Williamsburg to Gay Street and then circle back around, visiting the many, many small galleries in Vinegar Hill along the way. We’d give you a recommendation as to our favorites here, but that’s not really fair — some of these galleries put on a great show sometimes, and a lot of them put on bad shows other times. You just have to visit them all to figure out which one is actually good!
Downtown Brooklyn Great Desk Escape Activity #3: See if you’re a real badass skater punk at McCarren Skatepark
Yup, that same McCarren where people keep getting stabbed by the pool. Don’t worry, the skate park is a little more chill, as long as you’re not a dick to everyone (like, don’t drop in on someone when they’re in a ramp). This is about a 20-minute ride on the G, but we still think that this qualifies under our hour or so time limit because, well, you’ve probably forgotten how much doing tricks on a skateboard hurts and how tiring it is to move your entire body with one leg. But, on the bright side, this is way more fun than you remember it being, and is probably our favorite way to blow off steam for a bit when we’re tired of working!
Downtown Brooklyn Great Desk Escape Activity #4: Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
We had to give you this one, as it’s one of our favorite places in all of New York. Yes, it’s best with the cherry blossoms in the spring, but if you’re only going there then, you’re missing out! It’s 15 minutes away from downtown Brooklyn on the 2, and it’s even worth visiting on a rainy day (we can easily kill an hour marveling at the plants in the aquatic house in the rain or watching the pitter-patter on the glass roof of the arboretum). It’s also about as far as you can get from feeling surrounded by giant buildings and people who care more about the next presentation than the air we breathe and… oh, wait. We’re starting to sound a bit like hippies. So, instead of us prattling on about how this place is an awesome break, try it out next time you need to escape your desk and tell us - did it relax you?