Below are sample of fun places to visit, or check these other websites:
New York Transit Museum
Located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights
From LIRR’s Atlantic Terminal, take the Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall or R to Court Street.
The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation.
- Hours of operation: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM
- Closed Mondays and major holidays.
- Admission: Adults $7, Children 2 - 17 years of age $5, Senior Citizens (62+) $5, Seniors Free Wednesdays
Museum members: Free. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Barclays Center is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn. Take the train and purchase LIRR tickets at ticket offices/machines to "Atlantic Terminal" Brooklyn. The stadium is across the street from the station.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Hanami is the Japanese cultural tradition of viewing each moment of the cherry's flowering season—from the first buds, to the luminous blossoms to the waterfall of petals cascading from the trees. For many New Yorkers, Hanami marks the traditional—if unofficial—start of spring. With over 220 specimens of 42 different flowering cherries, BBG's world-renowned collection is unmatched outside Japan in the number and variety of Prunus trees in one place. The Garden celebrates its iconic collection with a series of seasonal programs throughout April into the beginning of May, including a dynamic online blossom-tracking map; special free weekend tours led by trained Garden Guides; new cherry tree interpretive material; and Sakura Matsuri, BBG's two-day festival of Japanese culture, arts, and performances for all ages. Over nearly 30 years, Sakura Matsuri has evolved into one of the city's most anticipated weekend events.
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Dating from its first performance in 1861, BAM has grown into a thriving urban arts center that brings international performing arts and film to Brooklyn. BAM facilities include the Howard Gilman Opera House, the BAM Harvey Theater, the Lepercq Space (BAMcafé), and BAM Rose Cinemas. These venues are located just north of our new Atlantic Terminal. See lists for: calendar of events or restaurants/shops in the area.
BAM Opera Festival
This March, the stately sounds of the 17th century descend on New York for BAM's inaugural Opera Festival, curated by the visionary conductor William Christie with an eye towards the Baroque. An indispensable figure at BAM, Christie and his gifted ensemble Les Arts Florissants made their debut in 1989 with Jean-Baptiste Lully's enchanting Atys, marking the dawn of the city's infatuation with the ensemble and the exhilarating fire and pathos it lends to the Baroque opera experience. On the occasion of their 30th anniversary, Christie and Les Arts Florissants return to New York to transform BAM into a musical panorama of Restoration-era England (and beyond) with two opera masterpieces by Purcell-Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen, the French Baroque jewel Actéon, an intimate recital with Christie, Baroque cabaret, and more.
Brooklyn Children's Museum
The all-new Brooklyn Children's Museum is filled with fun-filled learning experiences for children, families, and school groups. The new exhibits feature hands-on activities, role-playing opportunities, authentic Museum specimens and artifacts, and hundreds of new things to discover in the arts, culture, science, and the environment!
Great Hall, 1st Floor
A space-altering, site-specific architectural installation created by Situ Studio, a Brooklyn-based creative practice specializing in design and fabrication, will inaugurate the first phase of the Brooklyn Museum’s project for the 10,000-square-foot colonnaded hall on the first floor. The installation, reOrder, reimagines the classically ordered space to serve as a hub—a place for Museum visitors to congregate, relax, view temporary exhibitions, lectures, and, occasionally, see a performance. Situ Studio’s design consists of a series of stretched fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profile of the existing monumental columns.
This project will be the first installation in the Ennead Architects–designed renovation of the Great Hall, which was built in the early twentieth century as a part of the original McKim, Mead & White architecture. The space will include four freestanding walls reaching almost to the ceiling that will separate a central gallery from a perimeter circulation path. The installation will embrace the unique details of McKim, Mead & White’s iconic design with the goal of transforming the scale of the hall and creating a series of spaces that alternate between the colossal and the intimate. Situ Studio was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York. Concentrating on research, design, and fabrication, the firm works at the intersection of architecture and a variety of other disciplines to engage a wide range of spatial projects.
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