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While it doesn't have the most inviting of names, Red Hook is actually one of the most romantic and charming neighborhoods in Brooklyn. If you've been avoiding this nabe because of the perceived difficulty in getting there, the city has made things a lot easier for you by offering a ferry directly from Pier 11 in downtown Manhattan. Enjoy incredible views on the boatride, and when you get there, take a stroll around Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier and then head to the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (weekends only, 1-6pm) for free art showings, activities and, oftentimes, free wine! If you're feeling peckish, head over to the Red Hook Ballfields' famous streetfood gathering to find pupusas, plantains and ceviche or stop by Baked for some pumpkin whoopee pies, salty + sweet brownies or blondies. For more of a sit-down meal, Kevin's has been called one of the top brunch spots in the city, or you can splurge a bit (considering you saved so much on airfare and lodging) by booking a seat at the Brooklyn Fare Chef's Table, which is Brooklyn’s only three Michelin-starred restaurant. End the day with a competitive game of 18-hole miniature golf or cornhole at Brooklyn Crab, and then relax with a cold brew on their breezy outdoor deck. Souvenirs for your friends can be found at Dry Dock Wine and Spirits (which offers free tastings) or Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies.

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