While Central Park is the most well known of NYC’s parks, there are actually about 1700 parks in the city. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s second largest public park, and also home to the Prospect Park Zoo.
Along with lots of great nature walks, running trails, and green lawns, the park also offers events throughout the year, from sports events to performances. So if you’re looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Prospect Park is the perfect place to lounge about on a beautiful day.
Prospect Park also borders the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, another great place to bring a date.
Estimated Cost: Free!
Hours of Operation: 5AM – 1AM daily
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11225
Often overshadowed by more popular types of curry, Japanese curry is nevertheless a hearty meal for those who are looking for something to stave off the wintry blues.
Located in the heart of Nolita, Goemon curry serves Japanese curry in a rustic interior. Choose among soup, roux, or vegetable based curries with an extensive list of toppings to personalize your meal. Rich and filled with umami, the Premium Classic Curry ($13.5) is a must try for those who haven’t tried Japanese curry before or if you’re feeling adventurous, the Vege Neva Curry ($16) made of natto (fermented soy beans) is a dish you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Looking to impress a literary-inclined date? The Franklin Park Reading Series invites a group of emerging and established authors each month to read at their venue in Crown Heights. Featuring everyone from best-selling authors like Roxanne Gay and Jennifer Egan, to contemporary experimental writers like Christine Schutt and Diane Williams, there’s something for every kind of reader.
Hidden between an apartment building and the bustling Franklin Avenue, Franklin Park is a beer garden open all throughout the year. In addition to the reading, the bar will offer $5 drafts as well as a free raffle for the featured authors’ books.