Friendly and vibrant, Fort Greene, Brooklyn is a neighborhood where artists, young families and life-long residents mingle effortlessly. Famous creatives including Walt Whitman, Erykah Badu and Chris Rock have all called Fort Greene home at one point, so it’s no wonder this section of the borough oozes cool from the cracks in its sidewalks. Easily accessible by subway (N, R, Q to DeKalb; A, C to Lafayette; or G to Fulton St.), and the LIRR (to Atlantic Ave.), Fort Greene is the perfect place for the entire family to eat, play and shop.

Die StammKneipe/Der Schwarze Kolner

If you aren’t fluent in German, don’t even try to pronounce the full name of this place. Even the locals affectionately refer to Fort Greene’s first beer garden as DSK. The menu boasts a selection of 18 German beers on draft, as well as over 20 bottled varieties. And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, DSK opens early for a bi-weekly “Babies + Beer” playgroup. For a $10 minimum purchase, parents can enjoy beer and snacks while their babes play with toys in the open space.

Not a beer drinker?

Don’t let that stop you. DSK also offers a variety of wines and sodas, and the Brezel with Nutella is a sweet and salty treat.

Insider Tip: “Babies + Beer” is geared towards crawlers and early walkers. Older kids will probably be a little bored.

Die StammKneipe/Der Schwarze Kolner
710 Fulton St.

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–Angela Johnson-Archer