In the interest of sociological exploration, we present two maps to Brooklandia. The first is a heat map, showing who and where wild Brooklandians can be found. Secondly, we've broken down points of interest, and what sort of hipster trademarks you can spot in each location. Binoculars and take-along scavenger hunts are, unfortunately, not provided.
Fine dining in your best cutoff shorts.
Five Leaves, 18 Bedford Avenue (between Nassau Avenue & Lorimer Street); (718) 383-5345.
Sometimes, Beacon's Closet is a veritable treasure trove of stylists' leftover scores, sample sale steals of yore, and loads of Phillip Lim. Other times, it just smells like an ex-boyfriend.
Beacon's Closet, 88 N 11th Street (between Berry Street & Wythe Avenue); (718) 486-0816.
No one knows Brooklyn media like the original Brooklyn media, which is now home to the official Emmy-nominated news show.
Vice, 90 N 11th Street (at Berry Street), Suite 202; (718) 599-3101.
Sweaty and wild, 285 is the current capital of the large DIY music scene. Former epicenters include Market Hotel, Party City, House Of Yes, Shea Stadium, and Don Pedro's.
285 Kent, 285 Kent Avenue (between 1st Street & Grand Street); 347-227-8030.
The best part of Union Pool is all the embarrassing and amazing moments you have had there. The worst part is the photo booth, which has sadly captured them all.
Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue (at Skillman Avenue); (718) 609-0484.
A.P.C. raincoats? Check. Isabel Marant Dicker bootie? Gotcha. Lena Dunham spottings? You bet.
Bird, 203 Grand Street (between Bedford Avenue & Driggs Avenue); (718) 388-1655.
Can we say a pizza place transformed a neighborhood? Possibly, but Bushwick is now synonymous with some of the best food in NYC, and that is a pretty huge deal.
Roberta's, 261 Moore Street (between White Street & Bogart Street); (718) 417-1118.
Bossa Nova Civic Club
Because funky, neighborhood-flavored dance clubs are always, always in vogue.
Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue (between Evergreen Avenue & Cedar Street); (718) 443-1271.
Let your inner Burner run free, either ironically...or unironically.
The Lab Banquet Hall, 1428 Fulton Street (at Brooklyn Avenue); (718) 773-1760.
Do Or Dine
Once the slogan of an embattled neighborhood, now it has been repurposed for deviled eggs!
Do or Dine, 1108 Bedford Avenue (between Gates Avenue & Lexington Avenue); (718) 684-2290.
Sure, you may have to take the L train for a while, but honestly, they are really good tacos.
Rockaway Tacos, 95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard; (347) 213-7466.
Small-batch bourbon. Kale. Salvaged wood. Basically, it is heaven...next to the Gowanus.
Lavender Lake, 383 Carroll Street (at Bond Street); (347) 799-2154.
Sure, there is one in Williamsburg, but this is the bigger and more notable of the two.
The Brooklyn Flea, 176 Lafayette Avenue (between Clermont St. & Vanderbilt Avenue); (718) 935-1052.
Like a taste of Williamsburg, except with more space and better drinks.
Weather Up, 589 Vanderbilt Ave (at Dean Street); (212) 766-3202.
Prospect Park Bandshell
Though the acoustics aren't amazing, your favorite modern classic sounds best with boxed wine, the sun setting, and children running about.
Prospect Park, 9Th St & Prospect Park West; (718) 965-8951.
You know that whole new Americana thing that is pretty ubiquitous in the borough? This might be the origin point of farm-to-table, BK-style. Get your hipster history here.
Frankies Sputino, 457 Court Street (between Fourth Place and Luquer Street); 718-403-0033.
Because no Brooklandia apartment is complete without one teensy-tiny little MALM. Truth.
Ikea, 1 Beard Street (between Otsego Street & Halleck Street); (888) 888-4532.