Brooklyn Winery - Williamsburg

Brooklyn Winery gives the traditional wine bar a DIY Williamsburg twist. The big draw is the Brooklyn Winery Wines, hand-crafted small batches made by the resident winemaker Conor McCormack. The bar offers ten or so tap, including “The Bruno” Chardonnay, made without yeast or sulfites, and the “Brooklyn Noir” Pinot Noir, with its cherry and vanilla notes. They are available in half pour, full pour, or 750ml carafe. A number of these wines can also be purchased for $30 to $40 per bottle.

The Perfect Nothing Catalog - Greenpoint

The Perfect Nothing Catalog is a store and space for art and non-art by local artists and non-artists dealing summer supplies: knives, bathing suits, rocks and herbs, ceramics, records and surf and skate stuff. Set in an abandoned shack in a garden in Greenpoint, The Nothing will be hosting artists and non-artists in a series of micro-residencies throughout the summer. Offering small work space, garden access, and event opportunity. 216 India Street Wednesday-Saturday 12-8 http://www.

The Hill Cafe - Clinton Hill

Just off Fulton St. in Clinton Hill is an intimate restaurant perfect for a date or catching up with good friends. The Hill Café has a speakeasy feel, with its exposed brick wall, candlelight and wooden tables, but none of the pretention. A backlit bar sits in the center of the restaurant offering all the basic drinks as well as its own homemade pressed ginger juice. The restaurant offers French cuisine with an American twist, or American cuisine with a French twist, depending on how you approach it (with a little Italian mixed in).

Bluming Studio - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Bluming Studio, located in a beautiful warehouse in Williamsburg, has achieved the trifecta of wellness, by aligning body, mind and soul. Upon entering the Pilates studio for the first time, I instantaneously felt a sense of calm and centeredness, and knew that this was a place I could come to release stress and tension, while simultaneously strengthening my whole body. One of the primary benefits of a regular Pilates practice, is that its movements by nature, result in a lengthening and stretching of the muscles, as opposed to other forms of conventional exercise which often have the undesired effect of creating bulky muscles.

Caracas - Brooklyn

For too long, the Arepa has been one of the lesser-known Latin American staples in New York City. Caracas, a hit restaurant in the East Village and now with a location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (not to mention another location in Rockaway), is doing much to change this. Staying true to the street-food roots of the ground cornmeal patties, Caracas manages to elevate the dish to impressively creative and delicious heights.

Shooting Rockstars @ The Brooklyn Museum

Alex Palmer Madonna, The Beatles and Elvis were three of the first pictures I saw on entering the “Who Shot Rock and Roll” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. That they opened with such rock royalty seemed to say that we’d be dealing with the big names and their most iconic images in this exhibit. I was ready for a tour through the famous album covers, most memorable magazine shoots and famous tour photos that convey “rock and roll.