How to Meet New People in Brooklyn
Brooklyn has it all: 10 miles away from Manhattan, adjacent to The Hamptons, and the home of Coney Island and Brighton Beach (immortalized by Neil Simon). Yet, when you’re new in town, it can be tough to meet new people. Here are some tips to get you started.
If You Love Sports
NYCSocial.com - Skeeball? Check. Indoor or outdoor soccer? Check. Beach Volleyball? Check. Flag Football? Check. If you are looking for a way to keep fit, have fun and meet new people, adult social sports leagues have got you covered. Add in after-game snacks and drinks, and you’ll have a bunch of new contacts on your phone in no time.
BigCityVolleyball.com - Whether grass or sand, indoor or outdoor, open or organized team, if volleyball is your thing, then Big City Volleyball is the group to check out. You can play casually on open evenings, join a league or join tournaments.
If You’re Looking for Something Different
MajorLeagueEating.com - Did you know there is a professional eating league? There are timed events to see who can eat the most sweet corn, Halloween candy, chicken wings, butter, shrimp cocktail and pepperoni rolls … but the king of them all is the Nathan’s Famous Hotdog Eating Contest on the 4th of July weekend every year at Coney Island.
Nathan’s Famous Hotdog Eating Contest is a Brooklyn (okay, New York) staple. The current champion is Joey Chestnut, who holds the world record for eating 76 Nathan’s hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes. (He also holds the current world record for eating 182 chicken wings in 30 minutes, 45 pulled pork sandwiches in 10 minutes and 53 beef soft tacos in 10 minutes. He is not the guy you take to an all-you-can-eat buffet).
BrooklynFlea.com - Since 2008, bargain shoppers have headed to Brooklyn Flea, the largest flea market in Brooklyn. Hundreds of artisans, furniture dealers, antique and vintage collectors, and people who treasure collectables, comic books, jewellery, bits, bobs and whatnots flock to the locations on the weekends. If finding treasure is a sport, Brooklyn Flea is the place to be.
If You Love the Arts
Brooklyn Museum was founded in 1823 and is one of the oldest and largest museums in the U.S. Whether your passion is American, Asian, Islamic or African paintings, sculpture, furniture or pop culture, there is something for everyone.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses visual and performing arts to open a dialogue about the contemporary African-American experience, encouraging community outreach and social justice initiatives.
Brooklyn Art Library - Are you looking for artistic inspiration or have you always been curious about another artist’s creative process? You need to check out the Brooklyn Art Library. The Library is the home of the Sketchbook Project, which is 34,000 sketchbooks and counting from some 70,000 contributors in over 135 countries. The sketchbooks are available to flip through, and you can also sign up, receive a blank sketchbook and create your own to contribute.
If You Have Children
NYMetroParents.com - If you are looking for a parenting group, Brooklyn runs the gamut. Parent of twins? Check. Single parent? Check. Hippy aka “crunchy granola” (their description!) parent? Check. Parent of a neurodivergent (aka special needs) child? Check. Homeschooling parent? Check. Are you looking for a group in your neighborhood? Check. There’s a goldmine of parenting groups just waiting for you.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum - Rainy days are perfect for museums, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is packed with interactive exhibits and art activities, and since it was the first children’s museum in the world and has been going since 1899, it’s learned a few things about entertaining and educating children.
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Inc. - If your little one is into superheroes, supervillains and everything in between, The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store is the place to go. Whether you need a costume for Comicon, a unique gift for your favorite Avenger or some superpowers, this is the place to visit.
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