READ: MARIA HERNANDEZ PARK
Usually from the comfort of my own home, but when it's nice out I do enjoy a little R&R time at Maria Hernandez Park (Bushwick). It's nice to take Raf, my dog/child, to the dog park and catch up on some light reading.
Maria Hernandez Park
Knickerbocker Ave. and Starr St., BKLYN
Eat: Tom's Diner
A landmark diner that opened in 1936 in Prospect Heights. Good ol American diner feels at this joint, especially when you see the kitschy decor and family style photos lining the walls from years passed. Also, I have a soft spot for Suzanne Vega's song "Tom's Diner" and always try to sit in the booth with her lyrics and signature framed above. (Supposedly it was written about the Tom's Diner up on 112 + Broadway in Manhattan, but I think it's all a Seinfeld-related conspiracy.)
782 Washington Ave., BKLYN
Dance: Enid's or Bar Below Rye
Enid's: I feel such a nostalgic connection to this place as it was my first neighborhood bar in Brooklyn. Many nights and memories at this place, perfect for dancing and having a few too many Frozen Harrisons.
BBR: I'm a little partial since I DJ here twice a month, but with chill staff and drinks what more could you ask for? I play on Saturdays, offering up a mix of r&b/hip-hop/dirty south throwbacks. Also, the food here is bomb!
560 Manhattan Ave., BKLYN
Take a guy friend: King Noodle
Super rad and quirky restaurant offering up inventive Pan-Asian cuisine and Tiki style drinks. The Grilled Miso Corn and Mapo Tofu Chili Cheese fries are so dope! They also serve Scorpion Bowls (on fire!) if you're with a group or wanna get super wavey solo.
Tourist Attraction: Rockaway Beach
A mini escape from the city and so many great spots to hit up - Rippers, Playland Motel and Rockaway Surf Club to name a few.