One of the greatest things about living in New York City is the inevitable personal transformation from transplant to insider resident. That is to say, learning the tips and tricks and secrets around the city that most tourists never even think to consider. It makes for a much more unique, “real” way to experience the city. That being said, we rallied a few of our favorite hidden gems for Gowanus locals, which we hope you’ll soon be able to enjoy as a new resident at 363 Bond Street while soaking in the booming Gowanus neighborhood surrounding your new home.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
From the nearby Carroll St. subway station, ride the uptown G train to Greenpoint Ave, and you’re essentially at the front door of this late-night event space. Inside are daily events, ranging from local musicians to art exhibits to street fair–style marketplaces. The always-changing calendar of events guarantees something new just about every night of the week, so you’ll never find yourself growing tired of the “same ol’, same ol’.” You can even book a room for a little karaoke action (on select nights), or satisfy your late-night cravings at the on-site restaurant, which includes a handful of vegan options, like Tibetan-style hand pies and vegetable momo.
This still-under-the-radar neighborhood is great for a variety of reasons. Here, you’ll find a miniature Chinatown that has many of the benefits of the Manhattan version — affordable and hard-to-find foods, trinkets, etc. — but without the hyper-congestion that’s impossible to avoid on Canal Street. But the real claim to fame in this ‘hood is its elevation. Because it’s one of the highest up points in Brooklyn, you’re awarded some fantastic panoramas of the city skyline. Just head to the park — sunset is a particularly perfect time, not surprisingly — and enjoy sights.
Brooklyn Crush Rooftop Pool
Of course, one of the greatest hidden gems in Brooklyn is actually hiding in plain sight, and it’s open to all residents of 363 Bond Street. When the weather gets toasty in the city, the Brooklyn crush rooftop pool at our building is a literal oasis providing respite from the day’s heat. Splash around in the cooling water while soaking in the sweeping views of Manhattan in the distance. There’s really no better way to while away the afternoon.
Hidden gems for Gowanus locals abound and these barely begin to scratch the surface. We’re eager to welcome you into our community so you can begin to explore for yourself. Contact us today to find out more!