Explore Brooklyn: McCarren Hotel & Pool
STAY Since Brooklyn has been christened "the new Paris" and so many world-class cities are clamouring to be just like it, why not just head directly to Williamsburg — arguably Brooklyn's coolest 'hood and the defacto homeland of plaid-wearing, craft-brew-sipping creative types. Drop off your bags at the McCarren Hotel & Pool (its 64 sleek ’60s-inspired rooms come complete with mirrored headboards) and head straight to the salt-water pool for the retro party that will be under way on any given hot summer night. READ MORE: Weekend getaway to Long Island City
Explore Brooklyn: Stinky Bklyn
TASTE Let David Naczycz, of Urban Oyster Tours, be your guide around the local foodie scene, which spans nearly every culture and dietary restriction. (As a gluten-free pescetarian, I was delighted when he directed me to an assortment of specialty mom-and-pop shops.) At Stinky Bklyn, try cheese (the Mohawk mist, made from goat milk from New York’s Mohawk Valley, is a standout) paired with honey that’s harvested on the rooftops of local brownstones. READ MORE: Explore Long Island City, the next Brooklyn
Explore Brooklyn: Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
TASTE Over at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., the fish tacos (with corn tortilla wraps) are delish, and Vinny, the owner, will talk you into trying an oyster shot. READ MORE: A food tour of Quebec City