Fort Greene

Mekong BK

 
 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. This edition takes us to the border of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene for Vietnamese eats.

Mekong BK is a fairly new (and welcome) addition to the Fort Greene dining scene. In an area that can get pricey, Mekong BK offers traditional Vietnamese fare at reasonable prices. Stop by for noodles or a big bowl of pho and then enjoy some drinks at the bar in this relaxing spot.

Recommendations: Bun with crispy spring rolls (vermicelli with delicious sauce); Pho (hearty Vietnamese soup); Bahn Me (Vietnamese sandwich on Baguette with pork and pickled veggies)

Cost: $15 for soup or noodles, $23 for more refined entrees

Where: 250 DeKalb Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 - walk from Our Place in 17 minutes or bike in 5

 

Fort Greene Park

 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. Where do you go to get your fill of green space? Let us know in the comments.

The Northern corner of the Park with the Prison Martyr's Monument peaking through the trees

The Northern corner of the Park with the Prison Martyr's Monument peaking through the trees

The biggest little park in Brooklyn, Fort Greene Park is a neighborhood staple and the perfect place to pass a summer day. A great spot to exercise, relax in the grass, or have an afternoon picnic; its grassy knolls offer views of Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline. With the Prison Martyrs Monument at the crest of its central hill, and it’s role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, there's plenty of interesting history to be had.

 
Farmer's Market - Saturdays from 8am - 4pm

Farmer's Market - Saturdays from 8am - 4pm

 
Spring flowers

Spring flowers

 

Fort Greene Park is the premier spot in the neighborhood for exercise with a one-mile perimeter dirt loop for running, a field often in use by soccer and frisbee players, basketball courts, a playground, yoga meetups, and some of Brooklyn's most popular tennis courts (note: tennis permit required). Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy the Fort Greene’s abundant green space, pups abound especially during leash-free hours after 9pm and before 9am.

 

If you're looking for an outing with a bit more structure, the park is also the site of outdoor movie screenings, a weekend artisanal and farmers market, and a variety of free walking tours.

Cost: Free!

Where: Washington Park St, Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 20 minutes or take an 8 minute bus ride

 
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