Brooklyn Neighborhood Guide


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Welcome to Brooklyn, N.Y., where the EVEN Hotels Brooklyn makes it easy to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Enjoy the hotel’s Athletic Studio, in-room fitness zones for private workouts, and Cork & Kale Market and Bar, where it’s easy and delicious to eat clean. Even Hotel Brooklyn is also near major attractions, like the Barclay Center, and just a short hop from the landmark Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan. Here are some favorite places to work out, take a class, eat well and explore on foot.

Great Gyms

As you walk into the homey Yogasana Center studio off busy Third Avenue, your body and mind will immediately unwind, preparing you for the relaxing experience ahead. The teachers here are well-versed in different schools of yoga but draw in particular from Iyengar, which focuses on posture and alignment. Small classes, individual attention, and creative uses of props make this locale special.

A wonderland of climbing walls, Brooklyn Boulders offers some 22,000 square-feet of gravity-defying exploration, whether you want to climb on your own or take a class. You’ll find bouldering and auto belay areas here, as well as cardio and strength equipment, Ping-Pong tables, and a co-working area, as well as a passionate community. In other words, you may never want to leave.

Must-Try Classes

Have you always wanted to learn how to make dumplings? Weave a tapestry? Learn sign language? Brooklyn Brainery offers eclectic classes from experts in all sorts of fields, and the lineup changes every month to keep things interesting (although you can look forward to repeats of the most popular offerings). You’ll also find one-off evenings of a few hours where you can master Australian desserts or studying clouds, as well as one- to two-week offerings.

Quirky shop Twig has mastered the art of creating gorgeous terrariums, glass globes and jars with “little green worlds” inside. Think moss, succulents, cacti and tiny figurines of campers, superheroes, and even the famous David sculpture. Learn to make your own in one of the shop’s many one-hour workshops, usually held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Healthy Eats

Vegetarians and vegans will love the wide selection of plant-focused options at LuAnn’s Wild Ginger — all with an Asian fusion theme. The menu includes standards like miso soup, pineapple fried rice and jap-chae (sweet potato noodles with vegetables), as well as unique dishes like watercress and buckwheat noodles with peanut dressing, and mango soy protein with mixed veggies and brown rice. Finish with a cup of green tea, and you’ll feel as light and clean as your meal.

Taiki delivers big sushi flavors in a small locale. Sit at the bar and watch chef-owner Taiki lovingly prepare each piece of sushi, then present it to you with heartfelt enthusiasm. Consider doing the omakase menu, which lets the chef choose the freshest cuts for you. Beyond raw fish, you’ll also find a variety of salads and vegetables, like eggplant with soy dashi and tofu sautéed with mushrooms and seaweed.

Amazing Trails

Make an afternoon or a whole day out of the outdoor beauty of the 526-acre Prospect Park in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. You’ll find trails, wide-open green space (a rarity in New York City) and even a roller skating rink if you’re feeling playful. If you’re traveling with your pup, visit before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m. for off-leash hours and a world of Brooklyn dogs. Regardless of when you visit, be sure to pack a picnic and take a much-deserved break after exploring the trails.

Although some might not consider the Brooklyn Heights Promenade a proper trail, the walkway provides a scenic route for after-dinner strolls and urban-style treks. On your way to the promenade, admire the well-kept brownstones. Once there, take in stunning views of the New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan’s skyline, as seen in movies like Annie Hall and Moonstruck.

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Megan Giller