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A Minimal-Footprint Family Weekend in Williamsburg for Earth Day

We’ve created the ultimate 36-hour stay in one of Brooklyn’s greenest neighborhoods.

Photo by Matthew Williams/Courtesy of The Wythe Hotel

Our favorite neighborhood for an NYC staycation? The eco-friendly haven of Williamsburg. Just in time for Earth Day, this family weekend has something for everyone—bowling, meditation, shopping, and incredible food—all while being gentle on the planet.


STAY: Check in at Wythe Hotel

Best known by locals for its vibrant rooftop bar, the Ides, the Wythe Hotel does its part to give back to the neighborhood and Mother Earth. It’s housed in a 117-year-old factory, and the designers took care to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. Read a book lit by LED lighting in a bed made from reclaimed ceiling pine and wash up with eco-friendly toiletries from the plant-based line Goldie’s80 Wythe Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets)

PLAY: Roll Strikes at Brooklyn Bowl

Eat delicious grub by Blue Ribbon (don’t skip the fried chicken!) while avoiding gutter balls at the world’s only LEED-certified bowling alley. 61 Wythe Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets)

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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl 

INDULGE: Try the Flavor of the Day at OddFellows

Flavors change daily (sometimes multiple times in one day!) at this ice cream shop serving only locally sourced and hormone-free ingredients. 175 Kent Avenue (between 3rd and 4th Streets)

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Photo courtesy of OddFellows

SPARK ROMANCE: Dine at Have & Meyer

Leave the kids occupied with the hotel flat-screen LED HDTV and enjoy a much-needed date night at Have & Meyer, the cozy all-natural wine bar inspired by the Slow Food Foundation’s movement of protecting our food from the effects of climate change. 103 Havemeyer Street (between Grand and Hope Streets)

Photo courtesy of Have & Meyer


BRUNCH: Start the Day at Lighthouse

Park at a long picnic table outside and enjoy feasting on Lighthouse’s healthy, seasonal Mediterranean dishes, like red shakshuka with grilled toast. All ingredients are sourced from local farmers, and any leftovers will be thoroughly recycled and composted145 Borinquen Place (between 1st and 2nd Streets)

Courtesy of Lighthouse

STROLL: Tour North Brooklyn Farms

North Brooklyn Farms aims to transform our unused urban spaces into bucolic oases. Its newest location, within the recently reopened Domino Sugar Refinery building, has been refurbished as a community center with farm stands and sustainable dinners. The view of the Williamsburg Bridge and Statue of Liberty is an added perk. 325 Kent Avenue (between 3rd and 4th Streets)

Photo courtesy of North Brooklyn Farms

SHOP: Go on a Green Spree Off Wythe

Walk down Wythe and Bedford for an eco-friendly shopping spree. Pick up colorfully patterned reusable bags at Baggu (242 Wythe Avenue). Splurge on a custom-made ring made with recycled or fair-trade gold and conflict-free stones at Catbird (219 Bedford Avenue). Green-ify your home at Package Free (137 Grand Street), which converts tossable household items into reusable or recyclable goods including “unpaper” towels, bamboo straws, and beeswax food wrap. Finally, choose a beautifully designed planter at Sprout Home (59 Grand Street) to bring home some greenery.

FIND CALM: Meditate at MNDFL

After a long day of walking and shopping, your family may need a moment of quietude. MNDFL, one of New York’s premier mediation studios, offers 30-minute classes appropriate for children ages 9 and up. 208 North 8th Street (between Driggs and Roebling Streets)

Photo courtesy of MNDFL/Facebook

PAMPER YOURSELF: Get a Mani-Pedi at [pH7]

Bring your kids along for a mini-me mani-pedi at this soothing nail spa, where the products are all nontoxic and eco-friendly227 Grand Street (between Driggs and Roebling Streets)

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