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Fort Greene Park
In 1847, Fort Greene Park was officially designated Brooklyn's first park. While it was originally a space used as a military stronghold (hence the name), those days are long-gone and the park is now one of the more peaceful places in the borough. Unless, that is, you happen to picnic near a child's birthday party. Then you will feel like you are in Dante's Fourth Circle of Hell, about which he said:
I saw multitudes
to every side of me; their howls were loud
while, wheeling weights, they used their chests to push.
They struck against each other; at that point,
each turned around and, wheeling back those weights,
cried out: Why do you hoard? Why do you squander?
Yup! That sounds like just about every child's birthday party I've ever witnessed. Anyway, find a peaceful spot—there really are many options, and enjoy food from a place like Luz, where you can get arepas, or the Smoke Joint, where you can get a BBQ spread to take with you to the park. You can't lose. Just stay away from all those kids!
Luz; 177 Vanderbilt Avenue, Fort Greene
The Smoke Joint; 87 S Elliott Pl, Fort Greene