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What to Do in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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Now, Fort Greene is the neighborhood that filmmakers, musicians, writers, and dancers call home. The streets are filled with boutiques and wine bars, though you still find the laid-back style and some of the Jamaican fast-food places from the old days.
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686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
At this independent bookstore, sunlight streams onto industrial tables covered by books. They’ve got a range of titles about New York, Fort Greene, and photography.—Jason Lampkin
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660 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
by Jason Lampkin “Frank’s is the real deal—the kind of old-school New York bar found only in period films. On Friday nights, there’s a dance party upstairs with live house music.” 660 Fulton St., between S. Elliott Pl. & Lafayette Ave., (718)...
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87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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by Jason Lampkin “Here’s a barbecue spot that draws a diverse crowd. It’s run by two visionaries (one black, one white, I’m pleased to say) and staffed by locals. Order the beef short ribs, spicy French fries, and Boylan’s sodas.” 87 S. Elliott...
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69 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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by Jason Lampkin “Want to run into film industry heads? Have breakfast or lunch at this neighborhood diner. Locals meet up and network from booth to booth. The challah French toast—my first experience with any bread other than Wonder Bread—is...
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90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
“This weekend flea market is off the hook. You’ll see a lot of Brooklyn-made items and rare 12-inch records. Its winter location is the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank, with chandeliers, marble floors, and high ceilings that remind me of a ’...
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195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA
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Grab dinner at a funkyCheers-type South African restaurant that celebrates Nelson Mandela. This is one of the top hip spots—and I don’t ordinarily like using the wordhip. —Jason Lampkin As told to Linda Dyett. See all ofJason Lampkin’s favorite...
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80 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
by Jason Lampkin “MoCADA is a sleek, modern space where pressing issues are explored. I loved last year’sPink Elephantexhibit, about gentrification in Brooklyn.” 80 Hanson Pl., at S. Portland Ave., (718) 230-0492, mocada.org. As told to Linda...