* Shallow DOF, focus on the young girls eyes.

Near the Nu Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn, there is a neighborhood filled with personality, uniqueness and fun things to do. From rock climbing to pie eating to robot building,, here’s how to spend a day in Gowanus.

Brooklyn Boulders

Brooklyn Boulders is the number one spot to try rock climbing in New York City. Their 22,000 square feet of climbing surface challenges visitors with terrain appropriate for novices and experts alike. It’s a good workout and super enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Brooklyn Boulders also offers yoga, acro yoga, capoeira, and fitness workshops.

Gotham Archery

Gotham Archery keeps Gowanus activities unique with some indoor bow-and-arrow fun. First timers can indulge in an affordable $35 introductory lesson with a certified instructor and 45 minutes of practice time on top. A separate 18m/20y area is reserved for experienced archers as well.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Four & Twenty Blackbirds is widely considered one of the best places to have a slice of pie in the city. Started by South Dakota sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen, the Gowanus bakery has that homemade appeal with hardwood floors, plenty of natural light and the constant smell of pie. Their salted caramel apple, chocolate julep, and lemon chess custard pies are all can’t fail options for first timers.

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club is an all around stimulating time. Flamingo-wallpapered bathrooms, upscale cocktails, and boardgames keep the atmosphere  light and easy. On top of it all, there is the main attraction, shuffleboard. Indoor lanes can be rented for just $40 an hour.

Brooklyn Robot Foundry

The Brooklyn Robot Foundry teaches people how to build Terminators, Wall Es, and Iron Giants. Not really, but they do actually host robot building workshops for children and adults. Their weeknight gatherings run from 6:30-8:30, perfect for a fun and educational night out that closes at a reasonable time. If you are looking to party, however, their workshops are also BYOB, so sip some wine, build a robot, and have some laughs with friends.