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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.)

Tom's Diner
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!

Enid's
560 Manhattan Ave., BKLYN

Bar Below Rye
247 S 1st St., BKLYN
@ryerestaurant


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. 

King Noodle
1045 Flushing Ave., BKLYN
@kingnoodlebk


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.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
302 Beach 87th St., QNS 
@rockawaybeachsurfclub

Playland Motel
97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd., QNS
@playlandmotel

Rippers
8601 Shore Front Pkwy., QNS
@rippers86

 

 

LAUREN CHUNG IS A STYLIST, WRITER, DJ AND DESIGNER. HER CLIENT LIST INCLUDES PHILLIP LIM, MIU MIU, PRADA, AND PROENZA SCHOULER. SHE CURRENTLY WRITES FOR MEDIAPLANET.

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