Franklin Avenue, the main drag of north Crown Heights, is packed to the brim with fun things to do. Over the last few years a number of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops have opened up and put the neighborhood on the map.

Here are six places not to miss, including Mexican food at Chavela’s, shopping at Owl and Thistle, and coffee from Pulp & Bean. Even if you don’t live nearby, Franklin Avenue is easy to visit, right off of the 2/3 and 4/5 subway lines.


Little Zelda
Little Zelda (named after the owner’s daughter) is a very cute, very cozy espresso bar and cafe. The place also serves treats, baked goods, beer, wine and tapas. The espresso beans, from Toby’s Estate in nearby Williamsburg, make for a mean espresso. Order that with a cheddar biscuit, nab one of the outdoor tables, and you’re set for the afternoon.

Little Zelda photo courtesy of Facebook.

Where to take yoga classes in Brooklyn? The opportunities are practically endless, as you’ll find studios in almost every neighborhood of the borough. These seven studios, spread out across Brooklyn, are particularly popular picks and offer a variety of classes and practices for all the yogis out there.


Brooklyn Yoga School (Park Slope)
This has got to be the most gorgeous yoga studio in all of Brooklyn, in a historic Park Slope building with massive stained glass windows. Brooklyn Yoga School (formerly Dharma Yoga Brooklyn) offers a variety of classes every day, with a focus on all levels of yoga. Best of all, all classes are drop-ins offered on a donation sliding scale between $5 and $20. New York Magazine selected this studio for Best Pay-What-You-Want Yoga in 2011.

Brooklyn Yoga School photo courtesy of Facebook. (more…)