Why do kids get to eat all the PBJ and sleep over in the museum? Places for the adults of New York to act like kids again, whether that means riding Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, eating ice cream floats, or marveling at toys.
Fun and conveniently-located shop gets comics on release days and has a wide selection of classics, toys and graphic novels.
The hot chocolate is delicious, but if you're feeling ready to switch over to nighttime drinks, try the Double Chocolate Stout and ask for a scoop of ice cream.
The most breathtaking park in Brooklyn hosts views of the East River, the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. You'll see wedding parties, couples strolling, dogs, babies, old folks, young folks -- the gamut of human life comes here. Romantic, with film screenings in the summer and Narnia-like views in the winter of lampposts against a wintry endless wonderland. Ride Jane's Carousel to complete the magic experience, and then return to yummy reality with pizza at Grimaldi's or ice cream at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
Desert Island is keen on local artists -- for store decorations, comic books, and readings.
So delightfully old school it will make you think you're in the Royal Tenenbaums ice cream parlor, Brooklyn Farmacy has the soda jerks, the tall glasses, the long spoons, and the delicious ice cream floats. But there are also breakfast biscuits and sandwiches and espresso, for which the parlor opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays.
The toys here are a wonder, from the Big piano to the huge plush animals, but for sweet teeth, head to the FAO Schweetz section, where giant lollipops nod their heads in greeting to seas of mega Tootsie Rolls and rows of gumball machines. A visual and taste delight.
In a land before Xbox, dinosaurs like Atari and Sega roamed a sparsely-populated video game land. This second-floor hideaway on St. Marks is a treasure trove of those 70s, 80s and 90s games and consoles. With its giant pile of vintage controllers, arcade games including Double Dragon and Street Fighter II, one-off game cartridges, board games, and more, 8-bit is pure childlike pleasure for adults.