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Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York City

What to do with teens in Brooklyn?

I want to take my family (wife and three teens 13-16) to NYC and see Brooklyn.  We like to walk and get the flavor of the place.  We are looking for recommendations for good, cheap eats ($), cool spaces/places off the beaten track, art, great museums, puppet shows, performance art, markets, cafes that are interesting.  What are the must-sees/dos?  We plan to spend the day in Brooklyn and the evening in Manhattan where we are staying overnight.

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top answer by
Courtney from Los Angeles

I would definitely check out the Brooklyn Museum. They usually have something a little edgy going on. Also, check out Proteus Gowanus which is sort of artist's collective that showcases performance artists, visual artists, etc. You might want to check out their website, though before you go--sometimes the shows can be a little risqué and/or controversial so make sure there's nothing you object to going on there. 

You also might want to check out a bowling alley called The Gutter. It's all vintage lanes and they usually have some pretty good musical acts. 

I'd also take them to the Brooklyn Flea Market which is a lot of fun if a little contrived. All kinds of artists and crafts people sell their stuff there and there are always great food trucks. 

If you want a really great view of Manhattan, I would go for a walk on The Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. Not only is the view incredible, but it's a great people-watching spot! 

Of course, a trip to Brooklyn isn't complete without a visit to Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk and a ride on the Cyclone. I don't know if it still does this, but they used to rig it so that the last car went off the track. Sit in the back and let me know if it still does!!!

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answered by
Joe from Brooklyn (New York)

DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a fun half day spot. You have amazing views of Manhattan, a couple parks right on the water, and shops and restaurants. If you are visiting after the winter, check out the  Smorgasburg Dumbo event every weekend. The shops range from mom and pop boutiques to furniture stores like West Elm and  BoConcept. Eat pizza  Grimaldi's Pizzeria, get a drink at  Superfine or  reBar. Check out  Jane's Carousel for the view or the ride. When you are done with Dumbo, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge!

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answered by
Kevin from Bronx

Brooklyn Museum is awesome, has large Egyptology section including mummies. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden are close by as well.

There's also the New York Transit Museum which has actual subway trains from different time periods.

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answered by
Peter from New York City, New York

Wake up super-early and take a walk about Prospect Park, then jump on the subway to Coney Islandfor an original Nathan's Hot Dog.

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BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn is interesting for performance art/modern theater shows. Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is amazing for any age. Rent a citibike and you can bike over it! MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center is in Queens. It is housed in an old public school and if you take the subway, you can experience a different neighborhood. Long Island City and Brooklyn Bridge Park has amazing waterfronts with parks, interesting food vendors, outdoor movies in the summer and always amazing views! Have fun doing it all!!

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  7. Long Island City (neighborhood)
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answered by
Dylan from New York City

Brooklyn Bowl might be fun -- Most times you don't need to be 21+, as long as youre not going late at night. It's in Williamsburg close to the waterfront. If youre going on a weekend try to see if Smorgasburg is open. Highly recommended! 

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Raven from Las Vegas

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  2. Glasslands Gallery (attraction)
  3. La Soiree at Union Square Theatre (attraction)

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