Brooklyn

Ah, Brooklyn. It doesn't really get much better in New York City. The streets are wider and less crowded, you can find a seat in your favorite bar and walk into a new restaurant without reservations. This is what I did, late Saturday night, when friends and I decided on a whim to try a recently opened establishment, The Pines.

Tonight Jay-Z performs the fifth of eight sold-out shows to celebrate the opening of the Barclays Center, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn-born rapper, who is a partial owner of the Nets, also opened a third location of his bar The 40/40 Club inside the venue.

This past Friday, I went to a going away party at the popular pizza joint in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Roberta’s. The place doesn’t take reservations, so we spent some time chatting on the back patio while waiting for the rest of our party to arrive. I can’t speak for everyone, but I think most of us would have been content to spend the entire evening in the patio.

If you can’t make it to the Caribbean, why not check out the next best thing—the West Indian-American Day Carnival held along the Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

In NYC, all the cool kids go to flea markets. I mean, think about it—you basically have a one-stop shop for unique vintage threads, handcrafted furniture, vinyl records, artwork and probably anything else you can imagine. If you're looking to hang with the popular crowd this weekend, I suggest a trip to the Brooklyn Flea’s Fort Greene location.

If you are observant, you might have noticed fewer people on the subway this morning or walking down the city streets. No, it’s not the apocalypse; it’s a typical summer Friday in New York City. Most New Yorkers look forward to this time of year—they check out of work early (or don’t come in at all).

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