Things To Do In Brooklyn
The best things to do in Brooklyn can be accessed right from our doorstep. A flourishing art scene makes Bushwick home to the art galleries everyone’s talking about. Bars and restaurants are popping up left and right throughout Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, and Buswhick. Performance art is exploding and the music scene is coming alive once again.
Welcome to Bushwick, Brooklyn
BKLYN House is the perfect home base for a trip to New York City. Here in Bushwick, you’ll experience a diverse neighborhood with a mix of newcomer creatives and long-time locals. More than a dozen art galleries are within walking distance of our hotel, while fantastic restaurants and bars dot the landscape along the way.
In downtown Brooklyn, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do. Catch a concert at Barclays Center. Visit the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, or Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Spend the day shopping at City Point and Atlantic Terminal Mall. Or take a tour of Pratt Institute with your prospective student. Need more ideas? Ask our concierge for suggestions on the best stops to visit in the neighborhood and we’ll be happy to help you plan out your days.
Shopping in Brooklyn
Local shops pepper the streets of Brooklyn where business owners personalize the shopping experience. Discover an up-and-coming designer or a new, authentic brand that you won’t find anywhere else.
Local Bushwick Shopping near Our Hotel
Jakamo (0.5 mile) – Owners Katy and Allison utilize their background in theater to operate this store offering embellished vintage fashion
Collections (0.5 mile) – Classy vintage offerings made of pleasant materials
Harvest Cyclery (0.5 mile) – A full-service bicycle repair shop and showroom specializing in vintage, custom, and antique bicycles from the late 1940s to 1990s
Worship (0.8 mile) – Ex-bandmates Sara and Vashti proudly offer a collection of clothes for the rock star on a day off
Urban Jungle (1 mile) – An enormous selection of skirts, dresses, denim jeans, leather everything, boots, sneakers, workwear, shirts, oddities, and much more
Chess and the Sphinx (1.1 miles) – High-end fashions from nearly every decade of the 20th Century, but also some adorable everyday items
Vinyl Fantasy (1.2 miles) – A music shop selling mostly classic rock, jazz, and blues records, with plans to stock comic books soon
Dining & Nightlife in Bushwick
Inventive food and creative cocktails are thriving in restaurants and bars throughout Bushwick, Brooklyn. Check out a few of our favorites and be sure to share your thoughts on social media.
Local Dining & Nightlife near Our Hotel
Cholulita (0.3 mile) – The best Mexican food you’ll find around these parts
Arancini Bros. (0.3 mile) – Authentic Sicilian street food, including deep-fried rice balls filled with anything your heart desires
SKYTOWN (0.4 mile) – Hip hangout with exposed brick walls serving comfort food, cocktails, beer, and coffee, plus a great brunch
Bizarre (0.4 mile) – Edgy cocktail bar offering craft cocktails, creative snacks, and live shows
Momo Sushi Shack (0.5 mile) – Japanese tapas and sushi featuring extensive vegetarian and vegan options
Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen (0.5 mile) – Movie theater showing recent and classic films that also offers a bar and restaurant for the coolest movie experience in Brooklyn
East Wick (0.5 mile) – Casual restaurant and bar known for good food, good music, and good people
Roberta’s (0.5 mile) – Named after the owner’s Italian grandma, this restaurant is a tribute to real Italian-style pizza
The Narrows (0.5 mile) – Art deco cocktail bar with a huge backyard that serves great cocktails, craft beer, and upscale eats, plus live music performances
Don Pedro (0.5 mile) – Also called “Casa of Rock,” this pub hosts live music shows for free or very affordable prices, so you can spend those extra bucks on savory Mexican food
Express Yourself Barista Bar (0.6 mile) – A funky cafe that keeps things local, with coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company and food from Dough, Margo’s Pastries, and Bagelsmith
Sweet Science (0.6 mile) – A cool corner bar-restaurant known for its burgers where you would be late on Saturday night, and back for brunch Sunday morning
Sincerely Burger (0.9 mile) – Locally sourced British fare served in a cozy, candlelit space with equestrian décor
Miles (1 mile) – This intimate bar welcomes everyone as a regular and serves classic and signature drinks and small plates
Brooklyn Brewery (2.2 miles) – Independent microbrewery offering a variety of craft beers, as well as tastings and tours to give you an idea of the creation process
Live Music & Concerts
Brooklyn is home to a flourishing music and night-life scene where exciting live performances and up-and-coming performing artists define the experience of the neighborhood. Explore the dozens of venues that are a short distance from the BKLYN House.
LIVE MUSIC & CONCERT VENUES IN BROOKLYN
Market Hotel (0.5 miles) – A neighborhood staple and legendary event space for over 50 years serving the Bushwick & Bed-Stuy communities. The mission of Market hotel is to find common ground between nightlife, culture, and community service.
Brooklyn Steel (1.7 miles) – Located in a former steel fabrication shop on the corner of Frost and Debevoise Streets, Brooklyn Steel is the biggest general-admission space in the borough, actually, with 20,000 square feet of space and an 1,800 person capacity.
C’mon Everybody (1.8 miles) – A live arts space in Bed-Stuy with a 1970’s New York feel. C’mon Everybody strives for a safe environment where all walks of life can co-exist as one, united by the power of art & music.
St. Ann’s Warehouse (3.3 miles) – St. Ann’s Warehouse plays a vital role on the global cultural landscape as an artistic home for international companies of distinction, American avant-garde masters and talented emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale.
Music Hall of Williamsburg (2.4 miles) – Music Hall of Williamsburg (formerly known as Northsix) is a New York City venue located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The venue is operated by The Bowery Presents, a group stemming from Bowery Ballroom.
The Bell House (4.4 miles) – A converted 1920’s warehouse space in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn that now houses some of the area’s best music, comedy, and live performances.
Forest Hills Stadium (5.4 miles) – During its first heydey in the 1960s and 70s, the stadium hosted The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, and Simon and Garfunkel. Today, icons such as Paul Simon, Alabama Shakes, and Mumford & Sons are back on stage.
Irving Plaza (4.4 miles) – In 1978, Irving Plaza was converted into a rock music venue and has since hosted acts such as Talking Heads, the Ramones, U2, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, establishing its history as the premier music venue in New York City. Today, Irving Plaza continues to be a major stepping stone on the career paths of hundreds of artists every year.
Highline Ballroom (5.5 miles) – The Highline Ballroom is a 700-capacity standing, 400-capacity fully seated venue located in the heart of Chelsea. Long known as the artistic heart of New York replete with its artist lofts, gallery spaces and charm, the Chelsea neighborhood was the perfect location choice for the space
Terminal 5 (7.4 miles) – Terminal 5 is a New York City music venue in Hell’s Kitchen, located at 610 West 56th Street, west of 11th Avenue. It has a multi-level event site with five distinct room environments and on most nights, a smoking section and bar are open on the roof deck.
Madison Square Garden (6.7 miles) – Madison Square Garden, The World’s Most Famous Arena, is located in Manhattan on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. Tickets to events at Madison Square Garden are available at the Garden Box Office, and Ticketmaster online, phones and outlets.
Barclays Center (3.1 miles) – In the heart of Brooklyn, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclays Center is setting a new standard as the showcase venue for the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events.
Citi Field (7.7 miles) – Citi Field is a stadium located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens. Completed in 2009, it is the home baseball park of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.
Kings Theater (4.9 miles) – The restoration of this former movie palace marks the rebirth of an historic venue, and a transformation into a state-of-the-art live performances theater that will revitalize the Brooklyn arts scene.
Museums, Galleries & Theaters in Brooklyn
World-class installations, renowned performances, and undiscovered talent can all be found at the museums, galleries and theaters throughout Brooklyn, NY.
Visit These Local Museums & Theaters
Brick Theatre (1.5 miles) – This former auto body shop is home to a not-for-profit theater company offering world premieres, monthly performance series, and seasonal festivals
Annoyance Theatre NY (1.8 miles) – Casual theater for bold, uncensored improv and sketch comedy as well as musicals
The Billie Holiday Theatre (2 miles) – 218-seat theater featuring original theatrical works by African-American playwrights and performers
Brooklyn Children’s Museum (2.3 miles) – Circa 1899, this museum was billed as the world’s first just for kids and features more than 30,000 objects and hands-on exhibits
Building 92 (2.3 miles) – Brooklyn Navy Yard museum offering exhibits and tours Wednesday through Sunday
Music Hall of Williamsburg (2.6 miles) – Triple-tiered club with three bars and a stage offering live music performances
Kumble Theater (2.9 miles) – State-of-the-art theater at LIU Brooklyn showcasing theater, music, and dance productions
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) (3 miles) – Performing arts venue open since 1861, well-known for progressive and Avant-garde performances
Brooklyn Historical Society (3.3 miles) – Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library, and education center preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s 400-year history
New York Transit Museum (3.3 miles) – Housed in a 1936 subway station, this museum features historical artifacts and exhibits of the New York City Subway, bus, commuter rail, and bridge and tunnel systems
Brooklyn Museum (3.5 miles) – Beaux Arts landmark museum featuring an art collection of 1.5 million works, including ancient and modern art collections and world-class temporary exhibitions
The Wyckoff House Museum (4.9 miles) – Historic home and museum located in Milton Fidler Park, built in 1652
Kings Theatre (5 miles) – Located in Flatbush, this landmark theater offers regular concerts, performances, and events in a spacious, ornate interior
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (5.6 miles) – Brooklyn College concert hall presenting outstanding performing arts and arts education programs reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities
Check Out These Art Galleries in Brooklyn
Grace Exhibition Space (0.2 mile) – Devoted exclusively to Performance Art, this gallery offers an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists, whether emerging, mid-career or established
SILENT BARN (0.3 mile) – Basically bridging all public spaces at Silent Barn are murals and art done by artists that submit to the barn and create work that can be up for three months to years in the space
LOFT 594 (0.3 mile) – Curates experimental, socially relevant, contemporary art exhibitions
The BogArt (0.6 mile) – The BogArt is home to major non-profits, galleries and artists, and all lofts have at least 108-inch windows that offer great light for painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers, and craftsmen
NURTUREart Non-Profit Inc (0.6 mile) – Former factory building that provides resources and exhibition opportunities for emerging artists, curators and local public school students
Microscope Gallery (1.5 miles) – Presents film, video, sound, performance, new media, and other time-based artists through exhibitions, screenings, and other events
I.M.A.G.E. Gallery (1.6 miles) – Founded in 2014, I.M.A.G.E. is connected with the raw and organic culture Brooklyn has to offer, and showcases some of the finest contemporary artist from around the world
Apostrophe (4.5 miles) – Apostrophe is more than just a gallery; it’s a communal gathering spot for artists, musicians, and the public to collaborate and revel in each other’s art, intellects, and good looks
Silver Project (4.8 miles) – A project space for analog photography, silver nitrate, and analog processes; time-based media; light sensitivity; and black and white, halftones, second place, near misses, and failed attempts
Luhring Augustine Gallery (7.3 miles) – This well-regarded Chelsea gallery recently opened its own Bushwick annex
Our Hotel is Near The Barclays Center
In town for a concert or game at Barclays Center? Find comfort and affordability at our hotel near Barclays Center. From BKLYN House, it’s only a 22-minute drive to Barclays Center. Hop in an Uber, Lyft or taxi for a night to remember.
Stay with Us When Attending Events at Barclays Center
Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Barclays Center is a multipurpose arena that hosts basketball games, hockey matches, concerts, conventions, and many other sporting and entertainment events. It is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders, and boasts one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed. Cheer on your favorite team or artist with 19,000 other screaming fans.
The state-of-the-art arena is LEED© Silver Certified by the New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Congress, the first professional sports and entertainment venue in the New York metro area to achieve this status. It has received several major awards and is one of the most popular venues in the world, ranked top five globally for gross revenue and attendance by Billboard and Venues Today.
Our Hotel is Near The Brooklyn Navy Yard
Whether you’re in town for business or just want to learn about its unique history, the BKLYN House offers affordable accommodations near the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY). We offer 113 guest rooms and a generous selection of amenities to suit every traveler, all just over 2 miles away from the Yard.
About the Brooklyn Navy Yard
For more than 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was one of the nation’s most storied naval shipbuilding facilities. During that time, the facility built and launched America’s most famous fighting ships, including the USS Maine, USS Arizona, and USS Missouri. Today, the 4 million-square-foot industrial park is home to more than 300 businesses that employ more than 7,000 people. BNY also hosts a large group of working artists in an effort to support NYC’s creative capital.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 is the public’s gateway to the BNY. Open since 2011, BLDG 92 celebrates the past, present, and future of the Yard, and promotes the role it plays in local job creation and sustainable urban industrial growth.
During your visit, you can learn about the history and innovation of the BNY through exhibits, tours, educational programs, and archival resources. BLDG 92 offers guided bus and bike tours as well as self-guided exhibit tours of BNY. You can even grab a cup of coffee for the journey in the Brooklyn Roasting Company Cafe, located just off the atrium.
Admission is free and the Yard is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.
Our Hotel is Near The Pratt Institute
In town for a visit to Pratt Institute? Whether you’re taking a tour of the campus, attending an alumni event, or want to explore the Pratt Sculpture Park, BKLYN House offers affordable accommodations just 2 miles from the Brooklyn campus. We’re also only 5.3 miles from Pratt’s Manhattan campus.
New York City is one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business, making this city an exceptional learning environment for students. Pratt Institute is a “living lab of craft and culture” with a 25-acre campus here in Brooklyn and another in Manhattan, plus a satellite campus in Utica, New York. The Brooklyn campus is located within the historic Clinton Hill neighborhood, adjacent to the emerging Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
Pratt’s programs and faculty are consistently ranked among the best in the country. Founded in 1887, the Institute offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences.
- Brooklyn Campus – 24-acre main campus in historic Clinton Hill that is home to the schools of art and design, architecture, and liberal arts and sciences
- Manhattan Campus – 80,000-square-foot Romanesque Revival building that serves as the home of the School of Information, associate degree programs, and graduate programs in Arts and Cultural Management, Design Management, Facilities Management, and Real Estate Practice
- Utica, New York Campus – PrattMWP College of Art and Design is the Institute’s 11-acre extension campus, also home to the renowned MWPAI Museum of Art
Pratt Sculpture Park
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Pratt Sculpture Park. The park is the largest of its kind in New York City and has been recognized as one of the 10 best college and university campus art collections in the country by Public Art Review in 2006. More than 65 sculptures from well-known and emerging artists, faculty, and graduates are located throughout the 25-acre campus.
Our Hotel is Near Steiner Studios
BKLYN House is located just 2 short miles from Steiner Studios, making us the perfect choice for production groups and film crews of all types. We’ll even be happy to set up group room blocks for small or large groups. If you’re in town for filming or production, your stay is sure to be comfortable and convenient at our Brooklyn hotel near Steiner Studios.
A Brooklyn Studio like No Other
Steiner Studios is a 580,000-square-foot, Hollywood-style production facility located at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. The studio has been producing feature films and major television shows since opening in 2004.
Steiner Studios has a host of features for a variety of production and filming capacities including a 26 acre private enclave with 24/7/365 security, ten soundstages, totaling 131,000 square feet, the largest stage (27,000 square feet) on the East Coast, and more. Filmmakers, producers, and actors of all levels of fame stay in NYC to use this studio. And, staying at BKLYN House puts you walking distance away from this spectacular facility.
New York City is not only the most diverse city in the world; it also has the largest, loudest and most powerful LGBTQIA+ community. Queer culture is a part of New York’s identity that came to public prominence at the Stonewall Uprising in 1969.
In 2019, New York City hosted WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the uprising with 5 million attendees, the most ever. This civil rights movement is celebrated on the last Sunday of June and starts with activities all over the city including the world-famous Pride March.
LGBTQIA+ culture is celebrated all year-round in the Big Apple. From Broadway Theater to the cutting-edge drag scene, from storied nightlife to epic art installations. You’ll never be far from the action at BKLYN House. Just 2 blocks away from the M train or a 20-minute Uber ride to Manhattan. We look forward to welcoming all travelers from the LGBTQIA+ community at BKLYN House.
NYC political Attractions
As the birthplace of United States democracy, New York City has a lot of local points of interest related to American politics. From museums & monuments to historic homes & neighborhoods, learn about them here and explore them during your next New York City getaway.
New York City Political Attractions & Historic Sites
Alexander Hamilton Grave & Monument – Now that you’ve seen the musical, head to Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan and pay homage to one of our country’s Founding Fathers.
Federal Hall – Know as the “Birthplace of American Democracy,” see where George Washington was sworn in as our First President. This site and museum was also the first home to Congress and The Supreme Court.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum – From 1892 – 1954 this processing station served as the gateway to America for 12 million immigrants. Learn about their stories at this famed museum.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace – Visit the boyhood home of the first President that was born right here in New York City.
Weeksville Heritage Center – Head to Brooklyn and discover this museum that is dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community, Weeksville.
Tenement Museum – See and hear the stories of New York immigrants as you take a trip back in time and tour through actual tenement buildings on the Lower East Side.
Morris-Jumel Mansion – As Manhattan’s oldest residence, the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum presents American life from the colonial era to the present by preserving, collecting, and interpreting history, culture, and the arts to engage and inspire diverse audiences.
Fort Wadsworth – One of the oldest military installations in the nation. The site occupies 226 acres on the northeastern shore of Staten Island, on the Narrows of New York Harbor. Rich in history and natural beauty, it’s definitely worth discovering.
Fraunces Tavern Museum – Built by the De Lancey family in 1719, 54 Pearl Street has been a private residence, hotel, and one of the most important taverns of the Revolutionary War. View a photo archive that will take you back in time to explore Fraunces Tavern’s illustrious history as the oldest standing structure in Manhattan!
BKLYN House in Brooklyn, NY
Our boutique hotel offers 113 loft-style rooms, free Wi-Fi throughout the property, free continental breakfast every morning, and a convenient location near local attractions and the J and M subway lines.
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