Quirks of a Cooler City

As New York morphs into the winter wonderland we’ve all been expecting, take advantage of the freezing fun only available during the first months of the year.


160108 - bridgeA Brooklyn stroll model

Leading the way in community and environmental programs, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Winter Talks is set to return. Participants will be able to walk the walk and talk New York as guides share some of the borough’s best stories. The Walentase family who purchased Jane’s Carousel and brought it from Ohio to Brooklyn in the 80s won’t be horsing around as they personally take participants on a walk back in time to the 20s during America’s carousel crescendo.

Other talks include a green treet for those looking for insights on winter tree pruning, a workshop to help your stargazing go from woes to pro, a cool canine adventure and more.

Tours are from January 27 to March 5. Tickets are available for purchase. $5 for Conservancy Members and $10 for Non-Members.


160108 - BBGBrooklyn’s botanic beauty

Floating floral will descend onto Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Steinhardt Conservatory through to January 24. The winter pearls will feature Bromeliads and other vibrant plants in a display of kokedama, the crown jewel of the BBG’s annual holiday exhibit.

Designed and constructed by Margarita Poulson, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s curator of Interior Displays & Washington Avenue Gardens, the installation is a mosaic celebrating the diversity of indoor bonsai with the plants encased in a sphere of moss-covered soil – suspending in the air or displayed in a shallow container.

Admission is free on weekdays through to February.


160108 - smorgChilly and cheerful

Brooklyn Flea has been a magnet for hipsters and families alike and in the winter months, New Yorkers have gravitated towards groovy indoor spaces. Drawing the crowds are top vendors in furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques as well as jewelry, arts and crafts produced by local designers.

The institution is entering new terrain this winter and as one 5-star Yelp reviewer put it, “Amidst the broken sidewalks, and the mobs of wholesale shoppers of Costco, exists a wonderland called Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea.”

From now until March, Brooklyn Flea and its scrumptious sibling, Smorgasburg (the city’s iconic giant artisan food market), will call Industry City home in Sunset Park. Hours will be from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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