There are many public places and parks to get your morning jog going or practice your yoga. But Adam Yauch Park (yes, that’s that same Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys fame) may be the most quiet and serene in the Heights. Even your journey to the park makes you feel like you’re escaping the city as it’s tucked under the BQE. In fact, the park blends right into the overpass as you make the bend on Columbia Place. But the park is quaint and covered with foliage. Even with the cars passing above, you get awash by the sense of calm.
All the exercise has ignited your hunger. And there’s one of the newer breakfast spots that you’ve heard is a pleasant escape from the “Smorgasburg"-type eateries in Brooklyn. You walk into Vineapple and you feel like you just walked into someone’s house. There’s a laid back atmosphere and plenty of room to stretch and go through your emails on one of the communal tables. The menu isn’t overwhelming, but the coffee, highlighted by the Stumptown brews, is the biggest draw.
Beware: lunchtime is the busiest in Brooklyn Heights. It’s best to look for the under-the-radar eateries like Willowtown Takeaway Shop, located a block from Adam Yauch Park on Columbia Place. The general store is one part of two-part beat on the block. There’s the sit-down restaurant called “Iris Cafe, Store No. 9,” known in the nabe for its gourmet home-style cooking. But you are at “Store No. 7,” which could really be described as a fine-dining bodega. For instance, there’s a deli in the back selling sandwiches and you could find locally made chocolates at the register. But the menu includes all local organic products such as granola and the famed avocado toast. Don’t pass up on the meatball hero, if the mood strikes you.
The literary journey has perked your creative senses to the point you start thinking of renting a studio for your own writing explorations and musings. Even in the affluent Brooklyn Heights, you find an affordable choice at the WeWork Brooklyn Heights. The co-working giant occupies the top four floors at 195 Montague Street. Catering to artists and startups, the rapidly growing space has exploded in the city, and their Brooklyn Heights location has a fully loaded kitchen, laid-back atmosphere and three months free if you decide to sign up.
Stomach rumbles, so you ponder your wonderful choices for dinner. For a few moments, you consider Friend of a Farmer, and end up settling on a local favorite, Heights Cafe. The restaurant, granted, is a tourist attraction due to its proximity to the Promenade. The cafe is a local hangout spot with cheerful demeanor. The menu is along the lines of The Cheesecake Factory’s, but executed really well… like the minted raspberry soup for example. The service is beyond accommodating, making the experience utterly memorable.
Enough of the bourgeois pleasures… Vive la France!... it’s time you just unwind and let lose. Conveniently enough, right next door to your decadent French oasis is the perfect bar to make that happen. Floyd NY is laid back and unpretentious. More importantly, you get to play bocce ball indoors. The coolness factors of Floyd NY’s also include its cheap beer, a Ms. Pacman arcade game, and an amazing jukebox. Not a bad way to end the evening, not at all.