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A Day on the River in Brooklyn’s Columbia Street Waterfront District

A small but hopping stretch of the borough is worth a deep exploration.

Photo by Sayaka Ueno

This historic, 22-block enclave running along the East River features some of the most innovative food, drinks, and shopping in Brooklyn. Go forth and enjoy!

DO: Get Into the Swing of Things at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music

On weekends and evenings, live bluegrass is often on the menu here, and the action continues most days of the week with workshops for the young (and young at heart) and instrument-building intensives for burgeoning DIY musicians. 315 Columbia Street

EAT: Heartily at the Longshoreman

Originally catering to the dockworkers laboring at the waterfront, the Longshoreman now acts as a post-work reprieve for locals craving some carbs. The tagliatelle and gnocchi are made fresh daily, as are brick-oven–fired pizzas topped with lovely stuff like wild mushrooms and pickled chilis. 215 Columbia Street

SHOP: Cozily at Freebird Books & Goods

Don’t worry: no Skynyrd in sight at this charming indie book shop. Rather, Freebird’s stacks are packed with city-centric page-turners, and there’s ample cozy seating for extended reading sessions. 123 Columbia Street

DRINK: One (or Two) of the 14 Excellent Draft Beers at the Hop Shop

Or select from among the 90-plus bottles of beer available. Point is, this is a suds lover’s happy place, replete with bingo nights, bad movie screenings, and Taco (and Taquito) Tuesdays. 121 Columbia Street

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