Can I get Chicago in Brooklyn? (In particular: Coffee, thrift stores, theater, bicycles, and free stuff.) Keywords: Free or <$5
I just moved to Brooklyn (the southern chunk, which means Wburg is nearly impossible to get to), and I don't really know how to look for stuff besides Google Maps, or word-of-mouth, which is great but also way too slow. I lived in Chicago for a year, and now I'm sort of missing all the interesting finds I'd found there.
1.) My first question is, is there anything fun and sociable to do in Brooklyn that doesn't cost money
?? I was invited to a few events, but both of them require I pay a cover charge and/or buy drinks. I require free things. I'm 21, by the way, and for some reason I feel like everyone I meet is over 25. I don't know why, per se. I've been to Prospect Park and stuff, but you can only do so much walking around alone before you start to feel sort of lonely.
2.) Are there any good thrift stores
here comparable to Ragstock
in Chicago? This store was fantastic--clothes were like $5 and they had a massive selection. I also liked Brown Elephant--again, cheap clothes are good clothes. Chicago definitely likes its thrift stores. I went to Buffalo Exchange and Monk's Vintage in Williamsburg so far, but seriously $18 shirts isn't doing it for me. Is Salvation Army worth looking at?
3a.) Is coffee
a thing here, or what? I saw lots of cafes in Chicago, maybe I'm just not looking in the right places. Even though it was a chain, I thought Caribou Coffee in Chicago was great. There was also a space-themed coffee shop, although I forgot where it was. And New Wave Coffee
in Logan Square was AWESOME! They had a TV set up with NES games on it. Are there any cool/interesting/unusual coffee places here?
3b.) More importantly, is there any place where I can drink coffee and play NES games (or arcade games)
at the same time? Or a place where I can drink tea and play board games at the same time? It seemed like every coffee/tea place I went to in Chicago had board games in it.
3c.) Alternatively, are there any arcades
here besides Barcade? I'd like to try Barcade, but it seems a little out of the way.
4.) Are there any free classes
here? I know about the Brooklyn Brainery, but the classes cost about $22 I think.
5a.) Anything else? I wouldn't mind suggestions for subway stops/streets
I should investigate. I don't mind walking alone on city streets, I guess I just hate nature so I don't like hanging out in Prospect Park alone. I just signed up for Nonsense NYC.
5b.) Just cause probably no one would think to include this, I am into religion and philosophy
, so any church/synagogue tours or philosophy lectures or anything like that would be awesome too. Not really into museums so much.
6.) I will also consider going to lower Manhattan or even midtown. Or even uptown if the place is *really* good. Actually, I feel like it'd be easier to go to parts of Manhattan than it would be to go to DUMBO or Williamsburg or whatever.