Prospect Park: Summer Concert Series

We checked out Metric at Prospect Park the other night as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Concert Series.

Most concerts are free or have a suggested donation of $3 or so (like Metric did).

It’s worth the trade-off for a concert in a park as overgrown as NYC parks get where you can grab a slice of Two Boots Pizza, some wine or beer, and camp out on your own little blanket with your own little friends in your own little peaceful place, buried in the heart of Brooklyn.

By: Elizabeth Seward, Photo By: Ben Britz

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Tea Lounge: Park Slope, Brooklyn

Before I went to the Tea Lounge, I’d heard from my friend that he’d heard from his friend that Tea Lounge was too trendy and too Park Slope. My friend, a fellow Park Slope resident, seemed to disagree as we braved the cold, past the park, and toward the coffeeshop/bar/lounge hybrid. Conclusively, and I’ll tell you this now to quench your curious thirst: I too disagreed.

Tea Lounge is a big space. Particularly for New York. It may just be a medium space outside of New York. Who knows. But the space is bigger than you’d expect and isles of plush couches, probably hand-picked from the streets of New York on trash night, fill the room between chairs and mismatched tables. At the far end of the room, a smallish stage brings in musicians from Wednesday nights on through Saturdays. Jazz-infused and heavily effected guitars created a lounge music vibe which, well, catered to the lounge-ness of the place.

It was a week day night and bustling just the same as I’d expect on a Friday or Saturday night. Studious laptop users sat beside romancing couples and chatty friends and I have to say, between licking the whipped frosting off of my OREO cupcake and sipping a glass of Riesling, I was immediately at ease–especially when my friend bought me a second glass. So yes. Conclusively, I like Tea Lounge. Is it a perfect place to work? Eh. Maybe not. Is it a good place for a date or a drink with a friend? Definitely.

By: Elizabeth Seward, Photos By: Ben Britz