Each June, designers are recognized at the CFDA Fashion Awards for their talent and innovation. Design awards are distributed, along with acknowledgements for excellence in journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement. The Brooklyn Museum will play host to the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards, hosted on June 3rd. Even if you aren't joining the fashionable crowd for the night’s revelries, the museum and surrounding area are worth a visit. With over 1.5 million works of art, a current David Bowie exhibition, and the next-door botanic garden, the museum—and area surrounding it—provides for an ideal summer excursion.
Blue Marble Ice Cream
You'll inevitably want ice cream after digesting thousands of works of art. Blue Marble Ice Cream, a shop created by two friends, serves certified organic dairy scoops. With flavors ranging from classic (vanilla and strawberry) to more considered (green tea and Mexican chocolate), there is something for every type of sweet tooth.
Vogue executive editor Jessie Heyman feels so strongly about this place that we had to get her official take: “I have told pretty much anyone who would listen that Olmsted is the best meal I've had in New York. For most people, this will read as hyperbolic. But, to me, Greg Baxtrom's Prospect Heights restaurant is the platonic ideal: an unfussy space, a funky wine list, and remarkably good food. The dinner menu consists of roughly a dozen vegetable-forward small plates, many of which are sourced from their backyard garden. It makes for incredibly fresh, incredibly pretty food. (Olmsted's carrot crepe—a perfect orange circle and topped with wildflowers and littleneck clam—is Instagram catnip.) You'll be tempted to order the entire menu—not a mistake—just make sure you save room for dessert: homemade s' mores, complete with a mini campfire set up.”
A jack of all trades, Park Delicatessen is your one-stop shop for flowers, skateboards, and a new outfit. Affectionately known as Park Deli, the eclectic space was founded and curated by Michael J. Sclafani and Valentine Leung, both of whom have experience in fashion (Sclafani with window displays, and Leung styling photo shoots for the likes of Teen Vogue). Bring home a bundle of blooms, and a t-shirt or flowery ball cap from their clothing collection while you're at it.
Founded in 1936, Tom's Restaurant is a borough staple, especially for fans of a classic all-day breakfast. Their pancake selection should please the biggest petit dejeuner lover, as they offer everything from sweet potato cakes to a lemon-ricotta version. The family-owned joint is open until 9 p.m., and good go-to when you're craving breakfast for dinner after walking around the museum.
After exploring New York's third-largest museum, take a stroll in Brooklyn’s second-largest park. If you're interested in seeing animals of all sizes, from a miniature horse to a Hamadryas Baboon, try the Prospect Park Zoo. For a dose of the past, make your way to Lefferts Historic House, a home built in 1783, which depicts Brooklyn family life in the 1820s complete with a working garden and period rooms. There is also a carousel from 1912, hand-carved animals and all.
If a drink is more up your alley, the courtyard at Franklin Park should do the trick. The space, located on St. Johns place, offers indoor and outdoor space for groups of all sizes. On the weekends, you'll find DJs and on the second Monday of every month, a reading series that features emerging and established fiction writers, memoirists, and poets. If you're feeling particularly knowledgable after browsing the museum, stop by their trivia night, each Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Located just a few blocks from the Brooklyn Museum, Bunsmith brings delectable Korean food to hungry visitors, meaning buns, bowls, and creative cocktails. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are readily available, making this spot doable for any type of eater.
Maybe you're a big fan of Riverdale or maybe you just really like gourmet vegan cheese; either way, this specialty shop is worth a visit. Riverdel carries quite a selection of dairy-free fromage along with fresh bread and other delicious accompaniments. Create the perfect picnic before venturing into Prospect Park.
You don't have to head to the west coast for amazing tacos. Just a few blocks west of the Brooklyn Museum, El Atoradero serves unforgettable tacos in a casual spot. You'll find the fuel (and frozen margaritas) you didn't even know you needed.