Time to open your eyes, stretch your legs, wiggle your arms and feel the wet nose of your cuddly cocker spaniel in your face. You know you need to rise now. But before you dive into the shower, you need to run your furry friend over to Mount Prospect Park. Keep this “secret” park on the DL. The dog park is the kind of low-key gem that only locals know of. Tucked away between the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Public Library, it is easy to miss. Look for the long stretch of stairs. Once you find it, you’ll see it’s large, quiet and supremely dog-friendly.
Take a class at Brooklyn Brainery! A local favorite, this gem offers affordable classes for curious adults who crave to learn about anything and everything. Classes range from all sorts of things from the history of Brooklyn, professional storytelling, campfire cooking, physics, cyanotype, personal finances, HTML, to buying your first home in Prospect Heights. The list is endless and once you take one class you’re sure to be back for more.
With your day in full swing, your stomach must be starting to bug you… just about... now. Good thing you are in one of the best neighborhoods for food. For lunch — and brunch — Tom’s Restaurant is the place to be. First off, this petite place has been a neighborhood staple since 1936, offering marvelous diner-style grub. But, as locals know, Tom’s is so much more than a diner. The owners maintain the old-school 1940s and 1950s vibe with oldies on the speakers day and night. They also serve the best egg creams and cherry lime rickeys, a wonderful treat from NYC’s bygone soda fountain era. The best thing about this place, however, is the food. Tom's arguably has the best pancakes in the city. My favorite? Banana walnut.
All those books may have you inspired to create your own personal library. If you develop the bookworm itch, take a stroll into The Unnameable Books where you’ll be greeted with a sign that reads “Please do not steal the books.” This bookstore (one of the few left mom and pop owned in the city) is beyond cozy and friendly. The smell of old books permeates the shop as you look through the large collection that includes plenty of Dr. Seuss classics and great reads like Allen Ginsberg’s Howl.
The vibes from the streets inspire you to indulge a little. The one clothing store in Prospect Heights that you’ll find difficult to stop going to is O.N.A. NYC. The women’s boutique clothing store fits the bill for the casual and classic dresser alike. The best thing about O.N.A. NYC? It only features designs from local and emerging designers.
Skip dessert at The Vanderbilt. It’s no offense to the restaurant at all. It’s only because you could go across the street to Ample Hills. ‘Nuff said. The creamery is easily the best in the borough and you will need to find room for its many deliciousnesses. Small-batch ice creams made from local, organic ingredients? Awesome, sure, cool, yeah. But you definitely need to try their salted crack caramel flavor, and maybe even the ooey gooey butter cake.
The night winds to a close but you are still searching for more. Then, the musical sounds charm you over to The Way Station. The musical venue is the ultimate late night destination. There’s replica of TARDIS, the time machine from Dr. Who; and the curated diet of live bands is sure to leave a lasting smile on your face for the rest of the night and into the following day.