Where to Go/What to See in Stuyvesant Heights for 1st Time Visitor

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    Thanks to a forum poster I was able to secure a short term rental in the Stuyvesant Heights neighborhood for a mini-vacation. Since I would like to live like a local for my stay and tend to avoid the touristy spots I am seeking suggestions on family friendly places and activities to do while we are there. This will be our virgin visit to this neighborhood and we are excited about exploring everything Brooklyn has to offer. We will have a car and would appreciate comments and suggestions on the parking situation and/around Bainbridge Street where we are staying, as well as tips for using public transportation. If it helps we are not into the bar scene but love food of all kinds, enjoy visiting flea markets, and corky little stores that cater to the budget minded and has unusual merchandise. We will also have our 13 year old daughter in tow so the places we go would need to be appropriate for her also. Our visit is April 15-18 if there is any local events going on that you can recommend as well. Thanks in advance for all your help!

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    1. There is also a really cute “soda fountain” ice cream place on Stuyvesant near Halsey. I’ve never tried it though.

    2. If the weather is especially nice that Sunday, you might see some spectacular ladies dressed up for church strolling around the neighborhood, perhaps as you were on your way to Peaches for brunch, say.

    3. Oh yes, everything BedstuyMaven says. And yes, Bainbridge is amazing. Many of the blocks there are very nice for walking and gawking. If you make it up to La Table Exquise, check out Hancock St. between Tompkins and Nostrand — some of the finest residential architecture in Brooklyn, soon to be landmarked. You can also hop on the C train and stroll around the Brooklyn Flea on the weekend. If Cafe Habana were open at this time of year, that’s a great place to have lunch near the Flea, but I think it’s closed. The Brooklyn Botanic garden, Brooklyn Museum, and Children’s Museum are also close by and fun. If you go to the former two, be sure to have lunch at the Islands — amazing Carribean food and also relatively inexpensive.

    4. The A and C trains are just 2 blocks from you…enter through Fulton park. Take C to Fort greene (Lafayette stop) and to Boerun Hill (A or C to Hoyt Schermerhorn).

      No need to drive anywhere…there will be no better parking than where you live.

    5. If you want to spend some time outside of Stuyvesant Heights you might want to visit Orospect Park, the Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Museum; only a 10 minute drive.

    6. For restaurants you are right around the corner from Peaches – great soul food, bbq-ish kind of food – Macdonough and Lewis. On the corner of Halsey and Lewis is Saraghina, which is not to be missed, authentic Italian, brick oven pizza. If it is a nice day out, take a walk to the corner of Putnam and Tompkins for the most amzing croissants this side of the Atlantic Ocean at La Table Exquise – they also do a wonderful all you can eat brunch on Sundays from 11:00 – 4:00 (closed on Monday).