You’ve already tried something new with learning MMA. So, naturally, you now want to learn to dance salsa. Welcome into the melting pot! The best studio in the area? La Nueva Salsa de Hoy Dance Studio. The studio offers a beginners’ program (that may even work for the likes of me, and my two left feet), and the staff is trained, and willing to gently push you to perfect your steps.
I feel like waking up a little more, so I head over to Parkette Brooklyn. The small cafe offers the best coffee around. The baristas take pride in their espressos and Stumptown brews. The pastries? Beyond delectable, adorably presented Dough Doughnuts. But the decor takes the cake here. I can never have enough of the tin roof, circular marble tables, massive windows, or muzak.
The name of the game in Sunset Park is being active – and nothing spells “Sunset Park” better than cycling. The best bicycle shop in the area is Mr. C’s Cycles. Mr. C’s is home to an impressive collection of premium bikes – from Cannondale to Bianchi. What makes this shop special? Their fitting studio, sure to give you the best custom fitting for your new bike.
Time for the traceur in me to live a little. I head over to Industry City, literally a mini city. If you have ever been to Chelsea Market in Manhattan, there is no doubt you will fall in LOVE with this once delapidated warehouse that has been painstakingly transformed into an artistic and commercial hub. The Brooklyn Nets have claimed the top floors to use as their practice facility (with the waterfront views you can’t really blame them.) There’s so much to see and do. You have eateries like Blue Marble Ice Cream, Burger Joint, Ends Meat (an Italian Salumeria) and Fashion Chef (gourmet pastries). Food choices feel like they are endless, though there are just 10 storefronts. Add to the menu shopping, Design Within Reach, Brooklyn Brine (pickles), and Roche Bobois (furniture). The resident artist enclave includes the Industry City Gallery, art classes at BHQFU and Roof Top Films. The famed Open Studios Collective has their office stationed in the IC too. For the control freak always on the look not to miss out on any developments – with the sheer numbers of events constantly taking place at the IC, best sign up for their newsletter. If you still have any strength left for your parkour, shuffle over next door to the Bush Terminal Park and Piers, and take in the stunning city views and the many excitements of a sports complex like no other.
You will be hard pressed to find pretentious eateries in Sunset Park. Some of the best food comes out of those muted restaurant storefronts like Kofte Piyaz. The Turkish cuisine here is undoubtedly the best you’ll have a chance to delight to in Brooklyn. Reacquaint your palate (or experience for the first time) with Cacik (yogurt, cucumber and garlic crushed with mint oil). And don’t pass up a chance to have the Turkish meatball main course. The mouth-watering experience alone is worth the visit.
Let loose, look at the hour! First off, there aren’t many spots in the area that offer craft cocktails. But if you can get past that, like most of us can, you’ll find solace in plentiful old-fashioned watering holes. And the most fun is to be had and shared at The Spot Bar & Lounge. The young, friendly confines offer plenty of beer and a full bar to go with a pool table. The lounge also, of course, offers plenty of space to dance and stretch your legs. That is, if the day has left any dancing energy in you intact.