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BEST MUSICAL SUBWAY PLATFORM
The Metropolitan G
The Church Avenue-bound side remains the homebase of the much-beloved Joe "Crow" Ryan (train solo!); there, you'll also often find a modest young man named Phillip Racz, pumping his accordion bellows and segueing from Radiohead's "No Surprises" into a haunting version of Angelo Badalamenti's classic theme from Twin Peaks
.�‚ When the G finally arrives, it sounds like Bob screeching through the woods. You reluctantly board the train, sit across from a peculiar lady cradling a log, and find yourself suddenly craving a slice of cherry pie.
BEST URBAN PLANNING
The Kent Ave Bike Lane
The development of the Williamsburg Waterfront has mostly been characterized by a flagrant disregard for the area's infrastructure and demographics, but Kent Avenue's two-way bike lane
is a beautiful, hopeful thing, opening up a previously forbidding industrial artery for communal leisure (especially the sports and live music at East River Park) and providing a valuable commuter channel connecting the 'Burg to the other side of the BQE.
BEST STORE AT WHICH TO BUY SKINTIGHT BOXER BRIEFS PRINTED IN ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW AND BEARING ACROSS THE WAISTBAND THE NAME OF A JOY OF SEX ILLUSTRATION-LOOKING SWEDISH TENNIS STAR OF THE LATE 70s AND EARLY 80s
The Björn Borg Store
Why, of course.
BEST SPORTS OUTING
Red Bull Arena
Just a ride on the PATH train (cheaper than the subway!) away, and with up-close-and-personal seats available for less than you'd spend on beer at a Mets game, Red Bull Arena is perfect for those of you who've decided to care about soccer more frequently than you vote in a presidential election.
Wards & Randall's Islands
Like the demented Siamese twin siblings of Roosevelt Island (itself the forgotten sibling of Manhattan), the joined-by-landfill Wards Island/Randall's Island hosts an abandoned insane asylum, several sports facilities, and some criminally overlooked windblown bike paths, bridge-shrouded barbeque and fishing spots, and beautiful views of the "mainland" you won't mind having left behind.
BEST EXPERIMENTAL ART SPACE ONCE IN A SILO, NOW IN A CAN FACTORY, SOON TO BE IN A BEAUX ARTS ELKS LODGE
The Issue Project Room
If we dreamt up our fantasy Advisory Board, it'd look an awful lot like the one had by Issue Project Room
. But what makes IPR unique isn't the support of notables like Paul Auster, Steve Buscemi, and Yoko Ono; it's their curatorial commitment to blurring boundaries. In the past few months alone, they've hosted everything from Finnish folk to Syrian techno to a Walt Whitman celebration.
BEST FARMS ON THE ROOFS OF LOCAL BUSINESSES
is home to an upscale pizzeria, outdoor produce market, brick oven bread bakery and podcast radio network—what's a little rooftop gardening? Especially when it's on the roof of a reused shipping container? More room for your margherita pizza's basil to grow.
Chef Jacques Gautier's Park Slope brownstone restaurant
is topped with his own rooftop garden, which grows unique Latin American herbs and vegetables used in the menu—as well as bunny rabbits, which are multiplying by the minute. Says Gautier "I started out with two, now I have eight."
Sixpoint Craft Ales
The Red Hook brewery
isn't growing quite enough hops to flavor their signature beers with, but in the name of experimentation they're growing those and more than 30 varieties of vegetables and four egg-laying hens, all of which are used to feed the staff at lunchtime. We're looking forward to a new Brooklyn barnyard ale.