Nu Hotel http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com Downtown Brooklyn Hotels | Boutique Hotels NYC Tue, 31 May 2016 18:53:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 A Look at Park Slope’s Best Dim Sum Joints http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/look-park-slopes-best-dim-sum-joints/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/look-park-slopes-best-dim-sum-joints/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 21:59:24 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2618 In Cantonese culture, dim sum is a familial pastime that many families gather for once a week. In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, there are a slew of Chinese restaurants at which diners from all cultures can imitate this tradition. If you’re looking for an authentic experience with high satisfaction potential, here a few places where you can either sit for dim sum or take out classic dishes for...

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In Cantonese culture, dim sum is a familial pastime that many families gather for once a week. In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, there are a slew of Chinese restaurants at which diners from all cultures can imitate this tradition. If you’re looking for an authentic experience with high satisfaction potential, here a few places where you can either sit for dim sum or take out classic dishes for your own feast.

C and Y Chinese

A take-out spin on dim sum might defeat the purpose of the meal for some, but nice weather is coming and there are several atmospheric spots where you can share traditional dim sum favorites with your friends or family. Broccoli with black bean sauce, broccoli with garlic sauce, stir-fried bok choy, chow fun, and steamed dumplings are some of the items you can try during a dim sum meal from C and Y Chinese.

C and Y Chinese
399 5th Avenue
(718) 768-1188

Chance Asian Bistro and Bar

Chance isn’t located in Park Slope, but it’s close enough. The restaurant is within walking distance of NU Hotel Brooklyn and has space for a traditional sit-down dim sum feast. Chance has a large selection of dim sum dishes that includes roast pork buns, steamed shrimp dumplings, and chicken shu mai.

Chance Asian Bistro and Bar
223 Smith Street
(718) 242-1515

Hunan Delight

Fresh veggies, hearty dumplings, and savory wonton soup make Hunan Delight another good option for Park Slope dim sum. If you like egg-fried rice, be sure to try their generous portion.

Hunan Delight
752 Union Street
(718) 789-1400

Mr Wonton

Mr Wonton specializes in Chinese comfort food. For dim sum, you might consider barbecue spare ribs, pork-and-veggie dumplings, and hot-and-sour soup. Mr Wonton is also a good option when looking for affordable lunch or dinner near Prospect Park.

Mr Wonton
73 7th Avenue
(718) 398-7088

New China Wok Chinese Kitchen

New China Walk only has a couple of tables. So if you wish to sit and create your own dim sum experience here, arrive early. The egg rolls, lo mein, and shrimp dumplings garner some of the best reviews from this Park Slope restaurant. Located on the northwest fringe of Park Slope, New China Wok is a 15-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.

New China Wok Chinese Kitchen
57 4th Ave.
(718) 638-1898

Unless you hail from a large urban area or have Cantonese heritage, dim sum might be a fairly new concept to you. If you’re fortunate enough to have one of your first dim sum feasts at one of these Brooklyn restaurants, the bar will be set high. Hopefully you’ll find a place to carry on the tradition back home. If not, at least you know there’s a world of delicious dim sum in the vicinity for your next visit to the NU Hotel Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn TV: The Borough’s Most Famous Shows http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/brooklyn-tv-boroughs-famous-shows/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/brooklyn-tv-boroughs-famous-shows/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 20:46:55 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2592 From Los Angeles to Stockholm to Tokyo, urban dwellers the world over are obsessed with Brooklyn. Even Manhattanites can’t stay away. To understand the widespread reach of Brooklyn Fever, one must look no further than the number of popular TV shows and films set there in recent years. Here’s a look at several contemporary Brooklyn-set series, with one golden oldie thrown in for good measure. 2 Broke Girls Based on...

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From Los Angeles to Stockholm to Tokyo, urban dwellers the world over are obsessed with Brooklyn. Even Manhattanites can’t stay away. To understand the widespread reach of Brooklyn Fever, one must look no further than the number of popular TV shows and films set there in recent years. Here’s a look at several contemporary Brooklyn-set series, with one golden oldie thrown in for good measure.

2 Broke Girls

Based on a premise that many Brooklynites can identify, 2 Broke Girls chronicles the trials and triumphs of two twenty-somethings from different backgrounds trying to make it in Brooklyn. The CBS show may not always be believable, but that’s not the point. The laughs it incites is.

Broad City

Speaking of laughter, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson’s Broad City has already been nominated for seven television comedy awards. Based loosely on the lives of its creators, who play themselves, this Comedy Central gem’s humor is something you’ll likely relate to strongly or not at all. Either way, you won’t know until you try it.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Three seasons in, the Fox comedy detective show Brooklyn Nine-Nine has cultivated a loyal following. The show’s protagonist, Captain Ray Holt, has his hands full with a team that is only sometimes competent but always fun to laugh at.

Girls

Lena Dunham’s breakthrough series Girls put Bushwick on the map. Now the artsy Brooklyn neighborhood is known by name across the nation and beyond. This bold show follows a group of college friends trying to succeed personally and professionally in the big city.

Welcome Back, Kotter

Filmed in the 1970s, Welcome Back, Kotter portrays a different Brooklyn than the one we know and love today. The show that kickstarted John Travolta’s career, Kotter follows the oft-hilarious dynamic between a dedicated teacher and his sometimes unruly students.

Brooklyn is not a new setting for TV shows and films, but the surge in production of Brooklyn-based shows is something to marvel at. If you’re heading to the borough soon for a stay at NU Hotel Brooklyn, psych yourself up with a few quality episodes that will expose you to the sights and sounds you’ll experience before long.

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Your Quick Guide to Celebrate Brooklyn! http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/quick-guide-celebrate-brooklyn/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/quick-guide-celebrate-brooklyn/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 03:45:18 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2574 Populated by tough, hardworking individuals who endure brutal winters and a high cost of living, Brooklyn is a wonder to behold in the summer. It’s the season residents wait for all year long. Smiles abound, and all people want to seem to do with their free time is have fun. At Celebrate Brooklyn!, fun is guaranteed for almost all who attend. Here’s why. Celebrate Brooklyn! Venue The music that fills...

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Populated by tough, hardworking individuals who endure brutal winters and a high cost of living, Brooklyn is a wonder to behold in the summer. It’s the season residents wait for all year long. Smiles abound, and all people want to seem to do with their free time is have fun. At Celebrate Brooklyn!, fun is guaranteed for almost all who attend. Here’s why.

Celebrate Brooklyn! Venue

The music that fills the air, performed by talented musicians representing a range of regions  and musical genres, makes Celebrate Brooklyn! great. The Prospect Park Bandshell, a beautiful open-air venue with music-to-your-ears acoustics, makes it even more special. The listening experience music lovers have is rivalled by only a handful of other outdoor venues in the city, but bands also love playing here. Last year, Damien Rice, Interpol, Modest Mouse, Edward Sharpe, and Willie Nelson all took to the Bandshell stage.

Opening Night 2016

The Celebrate Brooklyn! 2016 summer concert series kicks off on June 8th with a performance by Brooklyn funk-soul band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Like all of the non-benefit shows of the 2016 season, the opening concert event is free to attend. However, a $3 donation is suggested.

Anticipated Highlights

Celebrate Brooklyn! has an exciting lineup sketched out for the 2016 season, which is expected to be released in its entirety on May 10th. In addition to local artists like Sharon Jones, international sensations Tame Impala, Ray LaMontagne, Beirut, and The Lumineers are scheduled to take to the stage for special benefit events. The benefit shows help fund the maintenance of Prospect Park and its cultural celebrations.

If you’ll be in Brooklyn between June 10 and the end of August, make sure Celebrate Brooklyn! is on your radar. You may discover a budding artist you really like, or have the opportunity to see one of your favorite bands. With Prospect Park as the backdrop, you can’t go wrong. Pack a picnic, and prepare for a live music experience you won’t forget. The Prospect Park Bandshell, home to each and every Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert, is just 15 minutes from NU Hotel Brooklyn by cab or the “F” train.

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Six Brooklyn Festivals that Should be on Your Radar this Summer http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/six-brooklyn-festivals-radar-summer/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/six-brooklyn-festivals-radar-summer/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 17:53:31 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2519 Brooklyn is a hub of culinary, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Add to this the borough’s reputation as a “hip” destination to live and visit, and it should come as no surprise that Brooklyn hosts a festival almost every day of the summer. Here are a few highly anticipated festivals to look forward to in Brooklyn for the 2016 summer. Celebrate Brooklyn! Kicking off on June 8th and running through the...

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Brooklyn is a hub of culinary, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Add to this the borough’s reputation as a “hip” destination to live and visit, and it should come as no surprise that Brooklyn hosts a festival almost every day of the summer. Here are a few highly anticipated festivals to look forward to in Brooklyn for the 2016 summer.

Celebrate Brooklyn!

Kicking off on June 8th and running through the month of August, Celebrate Brooklyn! Is an ongoing series of concerts of all genres. Held at the aesthetically and acoustically magical Prospect Park bandshell, the shows span a diverse range of music and feature artists from all over the world.

Northside Festival

Hundreds of bands, speakers, and independent films perform and air at dozens of Brooklyn venues during Northside Festival, taking place from June 6th thru June 12th this year. Depending on to what extent you’d like to participate, you can purchase a festival badge or single-event tickets.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

Have you ever watched a film on an enormous outdoor screen? What about on an enormous outdoor screen on the beach? Screening cult classics and award-winning films spanning decades, this weekly event may make you stop mourning the irrelevance of the drive-in movie theater. Films will dominate the 40-foot-screen on Mondays during July and August.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

A particular brand of hip hop has deep roots in Brooklyn, and these influences will take center stage at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival from July 13th thru July 16th. Nas, Fabolous, and Talib Kweli are all slated to play in events, which will be held at Brooklyn Bridge Park, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and The Women’s Center at Medgar Evers College.

Brooklyn Pride Parade and Festival

On Saturday, June 11th, Brooklyn Pride celebrates its 20th anniversary. The event kicks off with a 5k run, which is followed by a festival, stage entertainment, and twilight parade. This year’s festivities will be centered around MetroTech Center, a five-minute walk from Nu Hotel Brooklyn.

Shakespeare at Sunset

The Brooklyn waterfront makes a great setting for some Shakespeare theatre, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy does an excellent job of teaming with talented production crews to host a distinctly Brooklyn variant of Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s show is A Winter’s Tale, and you can catch it between August 9th and 14th at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

If you’ve got a trip planned Brooklyn this summer, you’re in for a treat. The festivals you’ve just read about, plus dozens more, can be reached by foot, cab, or train from the Nu Hotel Brooklyn.

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Seven of Brooklyn’s Most Popular New Restaurants http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/seven-brooklyns-popular-new-restaurants/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/seven-brooklyns-popular-new-restaurants/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:08:41 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2499 There’s a common and largely verifiable belief that, in order to remain in business in New York City, a restaurant must be exceptional. The same is true in Brooklyn. Restaurants that simply can’t cut it where ambience, food quality, or speed is concerned often shut the windows within months of opening. These get replaced by new restaurants, which face the same grueling tests. Here are some recently opened Brooklyn restaurants...

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There’s a common and largely verifiable belief that, in order to remain in business in New York City, a restaurant must be exceptional. The same is true in Brooklyn. Restaurants that simply can’t cut it where ambience, food quality, or speed is concerned often shut the windows within months of opening. These get replaced by new restaurants, which face the same grueling tests.

Here are some recently opened Brooklyn restaurants with reviews suggesting they won’t be closing anytime soon.

Le Garage

An impeccably designed interior is just the brulee on the creme at this trendy French restaurant in the heart of Brooklyn’s trendy Bushwick neighborhood. Roasted squash, braised pork shoulder, and snail-stuffed potatoes are a few of the delicacies you can enjoy here.

Le Garage. 157 Suydam St. 347.295.1700

Tekoa

If you’re looking for a great place to have breakfast or lunch near the Nu Hotel Brooklyn, Tekoa in Cobble Hill is located within walking distance. Choose from a variety of dishes, including an authentic Turkish breakfast, egg-in-a-hole, and an array of pastries baked in-house.

Tekoa. 264 Clinton St. 347.987.3710

El Atoradero Brooklyn

Denisse Lina Chavez established a reputation for her superb Mexican cuisine at Carnitas El Atoradero in the Bronx. The chef’s new Brooklyn kitchen serves the same carnitas, as well as burritos, tacos, and tortas. The menu is not yet fixed, but at the time of writing the mole poblano and lengua en salsa verde are already getting rave reviews.

El Atoradero. 708 Washington Ave. 718.399.8226

Insa

Brooklyn has about as much mouthwatering Korean cuisine as Manhattan’s Koreatown. The newest all-star on the scene is Be Schneider and Sohui Kim’s Insa. Korean barbecue, noodles, dumplings, and seafood pancakes are all on point here. Insa doubles as an Asian-inspired karaoke parlor.

Insa. 328 Douglas St. 718.855.2620

Sushi Ganso

This Atlantic Avenue sushi joint, located next door to izakaya Ganso Yaki, is turning one stretch of Atlantic into a Little Japan. Head here for authentic nigiri and sashimi made from steamed monkfish liver and other exotic sea creature parts. Sushi Ganzo is a nice, ten-minute stroll from the Nu Hotel.

Sushi Ganso. 31 3rd Ave. 646.927.1776

Lilia

A traditional wood-fired oven is used whenever possible at Lilia, a casual mid-range Italian eatery in Williamsburg. Homemade pasta and diligently selected cheeses, meats, and seafood make dishes like grilled clams and milk cheese agnolotti especially enjoyable here.

Lilia. 567 Union Ave. 718.576.3095

Llama Inn

Foodies as far away as San Francisco are raving about Eric Ramirez’s new modern Peruvian restaurant. Located in Prime Williamsburg, this upmarket eatery serves Peruvian favorites like fluke ceviche and lomo saltado. Unless you want to spend all evening waiting in the hopes that you can get a table, reserve a table in advance.

Llama Inn. 50 Withers St. 718.387.3434

Brooklyn is a true foodie’s paradise, and not just for hipsters. During your stay at the Nu Hotel Brooklyn, there is no need for you to venture across the Brooklyn Bridge to eat in Manhattan. Peruse other gastronomic posts on the Nu Hotel Blog.

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The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/story-brooklyn-bridge/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/story-brooklyn-bridge/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:05:18 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2493 Known around the world by both appearance and name, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the 19th century’s greatest architectural and engineering marvels. Take one look at the majestic, cable-stayed structure, and it’s easy to understand its popularity. Read up here on the conception, construction, and living history of the bridge. Roebling’s Grand Plan Prior to its completion, the only way to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan was by ferry....

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Known around the world by both appearance and name, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the 19th century’s greatest architectural and engineering marvels. Take one look at the majestic, cable-stayed structure, and it’s easy to understand its popularity. Read up here on the conception, construction, and living history of the bridge.

Roebling’s Grand Plan

Prior to its completion, the only way to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan was by ferry. As far as John Augustus Roebling—a German immigrant who played a major role in the development of transport infrastructure here and in Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—was concerned, this was unacceptable. As early as 1857, Roebling worked on plans to build a bridge spanning New York’s East River. In 1867, the state legislature chartered a company to build the bridge. While technically a suspension bridge, Roebling’s plan for the Brooklyn Bridge was unique in that it featured a cable-stayed system to fortify the structure’s stability.

Passing the Torch from Father to Son

Two years after New York chartered the project, construction on the Brooklyn Bridge began. While conducting surveys for the project, John Roebling sustained an injury that resulted in a tetanus infection. The tetanus took Roebling’s life just before construction began, but not before he appointed his son, Washington Roebling, as his successor. Three years into the construction of the bridge, Washington Roebling contracted caisson disease. There is consensus among historians that Roebling’s wife, Emily, was at the helm of the project for its final 11 years.

Jumbo over DUMBO: A Circus of a Grand Opening

By the time the bridge was ready for crossing in 1883, 14 years of ingenuity, labor, blood, sweat, and tears were invested. The project’s tally was $15 million, and 27 lives were lost along the way. On May 30, 1883, less than a week after the bridge’s grand opening, a woman crossing the bridge tripped and fell. Spectators freaked out, some shouting out that the bridge was falling, and a stampede that killed 12 and injured 36 more ensued. The following year, P.T. Barnum led Jumbo the Elephant, 20 other elephants and 17 camels across the bridge to demonstrate just how sound its construction was.

Tales from Within

The Brooklyn Bridge is just shy of 6,000 feet long, 85 feet wide, and stands 277 feet above the water. Not visible to most visitors, however, are the bridge’s Cold War bomb shelter and natural wine cellars, known as the “Blue Grotto.” The temperature in the cellars is always right around 60 degrees, the perfect temperature for storing wine.

Well over 100,000 people cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day. Have you been one of them? If you’re staying at NU Hotel Brooklyn during your next visit to the Big Apple, you can walk to this marvel in about 15 minutes.

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10 Facts About Brooklyn That Will Blow Your Mind http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/10-facts-brooklyn-will-blow-mind/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/10-facts-brooklyn-will-blow-mind/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:05:33 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2478 A fascinating destination to visit and exciting place to live, Brooklyn is a dynamic NYC hub, widely considered to be one of the “It” places in the world right now. Beef up your fun knowledge of our favorite borough with these interesting facts. 1. Brooklyn is no longer a city, but it once was. In what is known as, “the great mistake of 1898,” Brooklyn merged with New York City. Brooklyn’s...

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A fascinating destination to visit and exciting place to live, Brooklyn is a dynamic NYC hub, widely considered to be one of the “It” places in the world right now. Beef up your fun knowledge of our favorite borough with these interesting facts.

1. Brooklyn is no longer a city, but it once was.

In what is known as, “the great mistake of 1898,” Brooklyn merged with New York City. Brooklyn’s land borders are exactly the same as those of Kings County, which means Brooklyn is, in a sense, its own county.

2. Brooklyn is larger, both in terms of land area and population, than Manhattan.

The second most densely populated county in the United States (after Manhattan), Brooklyn had 2,621,793 residents to Manhattan’s 1,636,268 in 2014. Brooklyn has 71 square miles of land. Manhattan has 23. If it were its own city, Brooklyn would be the fourth largest in the United States.

3. Brooklyn has 30 miles of shoreline.

Visitors to the city are often surprised to find there are actually nice beaches in and around the borough.

4. Brooklyn is on Long Island, but is not considered part of Long Island.

If you grew up in the Northeast or were stellar at geography as a child, this might not be news to you. But many people across the country and world have heard of both Brooklyn and Long Island, yet are unaware that they share the same land mass. The Brooklyn History Museum was called the Long Island Historical Society until the 1980s.

5. Settled by the Dutch as a farming village in the early 1600s, Brooklyn was originally called Breuckelen.

Breuckelen means “Broken Land” in Dutch. The borough’s official motto is Een Draght Mackt Maght, which translates to “In unity there is strength” in Old Dutch.

6. In 2006, a Cold War bomb shelter was uncovered on the Brooklyn Bridge during a routine structural inspection by city workers.

Inside the bunker were found crackers (more than 350,000 of them, apparently still edible), medical supplies, paper blankets, and water drums.

7. Brooklyn has some 700 arts and cultural institutions.

The most prolific include The Brooklyn Museum, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Historical Center, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum.

8. The median age of a Brooklyn resident is 34.7.

This is a full two years younger than the national median of 36.8.

9. The iconic Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island has been dishing out thrills for just shy of 90 years.

The wooden coaster opened on June 26, 1927, was designated a New York City landmark in 1988, and added to the National Register of Historic places in 1991.

10. Brooklyn’s history is saturated with innovative breakthroughs.

Some products branded, invented or patented in Brooklyn include the deep-fried Twinkie, Sweet’N Low, teddy bears, the country’s first roller coaster, the first bank credit card, and Nathan’s famous hot dogs.

Now that you know facts about Brooklyn that even many Brooklynites do not know, you should be extra excited about your upcoming visit. Staying at NU Hotel Brooklyn, you’ll be close to hundreds of arts and cultural institutions, historic landmarks, and other sites featured on this list. Be sure to check a few out during your stay!

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Beauty, Bliss, and Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn’s Botanic Garden http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/beauty-bliss-cherry-blossoms-brooklyns-botanic-garden/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/beauty-bliss-cherry-blossoms-brooklyns-botanic-garden/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:06:39 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2465 NYC, known as a “concrete jungle” and “city of neon and chrome,” gets a bad rap for having little organic green space. If you seek it out, however, you can find lovely nature retreats in each of the city’s five boroughs. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, home to the largest uninterrupted lawn in the country and a world of treasures at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Here are a few highlights. Cranford...

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NYC, known as a “concrete jungle” and “city of neon and chrome,” gets a bad rap for having little organic green space. If you seek it out, however, you can find lovely nature retreats in each of the city’s five boroughs. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, home to the largest uninterrupted lawn in the country and a world of treasures at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Here are a few highlights.

Cranford Rose Garden

The rose garden at BBG is a marvel of landscape design, natural architecture, animal and plant life. More than a thousand different species are present in the garden each year. When flowers are in bloom, tens of thousands of blossoms fill arches, lattices, and formal rose beds with color. June is the best month to visit the Cranford Rose Garden.

Japanese Garden

Overlooking bucolic pond swimming with koi fish, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, also at the BBG, is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Designed by talented Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota, the garden captures the essence of the traditional Japanese garden. This positively peaceful section of the BBG features a mix of ancient and modern elements, and is lovely to visit alongside the Cherry Esplanade during the early-spring cherry blossom season.

Native Flora Garden

Before being its development into a haven for immigrants coming off Ellis Island, Brooklyn was a massive plot of untamed and largely forested land, home to thousands of species of plants and an abundance of wildlife. The Native Flora Garden is a tribute to this Brooklyn, as well as a source of education and information for those who visit.

Rock Garden

As this blog is being published, some of the most brilliant signs of spring at the BBG can be found in the colorful Rock Garden. Also lovely in summer and fall, the Rock Garden was artfully designed around 18 boulders left behind by a glacier during the Ice Age. Ito’s home to maple and spruce trees, azaleas, rhododendrons, succulents, evergreen pines, and anemones.

The array of diverse flora and fauna sprouting from the soil at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are a sight to behold. Just a ten-minute drive from the NU Hotel Brooklyn, the garden is a great attraction to add to your to-do list if you visit the city in spring, summer, or fall. It’s amazing what a few hours spent appreciating plants and smelling flowers can do for your peace of mind.

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Antiquing in Brooklyn: Four Can’t-Miss Shops http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/antiquing-brooklyn-four-cant-miss-shops/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/antiquing-brooklyn-four-cant-miss-shops/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:13:59 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2450 In some Brooklyn circles, it’s no longer cool to purchase new clothing, decor, or furniture unless whatever you purchase is…not actually new. If you like vintage gems, shopping and a visit to Brooklyn is in the works, then here are four Brooklyn antique houses to check out during your stay. City Foundry Would a pair of retro drapes, a well-aged record player, or an industrial steel coffee table look good...

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In some Brooklyn circles, it’s no longer cool to purchase new clothing, decor, or furniture unless whatever you purchase is…not actually new. If you like vintage gems, shopping and a visit to Brooklyn is in the works, then here are four Brooklyn antique houses to check out during your stay.

City Foundry

Would a pair of retro drapes, a well-aged record player, or an industrial steel coffee table look good in your home? For an eclectic mix of antique wares that will turn your head, and serve a functional purpose, check out this Downtown Brooklyn antique shop. It’s just a three-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.

365 Atlantic Ave. 718.923.1786

Yesterday’s News

Down the street from Brownstone Treasures, Yesterday’s News’s design makes you feel as if you’ve walked into a 1920’s general store. Shop as you would have then, rifling through canning jars, preservation tins, dolls, and handmade decorations. Handcrafted wooden desks, storage cabinets, and other carpentry are all on offer here.

428 Court St. 718.875.0546

Dorset Finds

You need an appointment at Dorset Finds, but it’s not because it’s exclusive. It’s because dealer/owner Justin Dorset wants to give you his undivided attention as you peruse his collection. Dorset Finds specializes in used wares that actually show their use, and the inventory also include toys, clocks, lamps, and other furnishings.

544 Park Avenue. 646.460.2810

Horseman Antiques

Operating now for 50 years, Horseman Antiques is an antique of its own. Everything here is one-of-a-kind, but the furniture is what sticks in the minds and memories of its many visitors. Situated on Atlantic Avenue, between Bond and Hoyt Streets, Horseman Antiques is a three-minute walk from the NU Hotel.

351 Atlantic Ave. 718.596.1048

Downtown Brooklyn is wealthy with antiques. As a guest at the NU Hotel Brooklyn, you’ll be within walking distance of dozens of great antiquing destinations. If you like vintage, handcrafted things, make the most of your proximity to these extraordinary shopping destinations.

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Five Reasons to Canoe the Gowanus Canal http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/five-reasons-canoe-gowanus-canal/ http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/blog/five-reasons-canoe-gowanus-canal/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:30:45 +0000 http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com/?p=2438 Once rumored to be flammable and harbor three-eyed fish, the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn has cleaned up considerably over the past few years. What would have been unthinkable just five years ago may now be one of the most bucolic experiences one can have in Brooklyn. Since relatively few people have been clued into the feasibility of canoeing the Gowanus Canal, it’s something you can do in relative solitude. Here...

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Once rumored to be flammable and harbor three-eyed fish, the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn has cleaned up considerably over the past few years. What would have been unthinkable just five years ago may now be one of the most bucolic experiences one can have in Brooklyn. Since relatively few people have been clued into the feasibility of canoeing the Gowanus Canal, it’s something you can do in relative solitude. Here are five reasons you might consider canoeing the Gowanus Canal.

1. The Canal is Kind of Beautiful

The Gowanus Canal is not what you hear it is. It no longer reeks of refuse, and it offers a wealth   of stunning reflections of the beautiful neighborhood surrounding it. Spending a couple of hours in a canoe may not make the canal your favorite body of water, but it’s likely to help you develop some sort of appreciation for it.

2. Canoeing the Gowanus Canal is Free

Theoretically, you could take your own canoe out on the Gowanus Canal and still call it free. But the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club lends canoes to visitors at no cost, making canoeing the canal a rare free activity of its kind in New York.

3. It’s a Gateway to the New York Harbor

Home to Ellis Island, Governor’s Island, and the Statue of Liberty, the New York Harbor is a destination on most New York visitors’ to-see lists. Kill two birds with one stone by canoeing the short distance from the 2nd Street launch site to the New York Harbor and admiring the Statue of Liberty from your canoe.

4. Canoeing the Gowanus Canal is a Fun Workout

Canoeing the Gowanus Canal is like taking an active, self-guided tour. If you decide to indulge in Brooklyn pizza or a rich pastry following your time on the canoe, you’ll feel like you earned it.

5. The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is Awesome

Responsible for much of the Gowanus Canal’s cleanup and intent on further revitalization, the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is committed to making the canal a source of joy and pleasure for canoers. By canoeing and sharing your experience, you can help the club raise awareness for its cause.

The Gowanus Canal is just a mile from NU Hotel Brooklyn. If you’re interested in escaping the hustle and bustle for a peaceful workout, drop by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club’s launch site between 1pm and 5pm on a Saturday. Canoes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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