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Make a ‘hajj’ to Brooklyn next weekend! - Brooklyn Paper

Make a ‘hajj’ to Brooklyn next weekend!

Pilgrim: Chuck McVey of Never Leave Brooklyn is organizing a “Brooklyn Hajj,” using the Muslim word for pilgrimage, over the Aug. 22 weekend.
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

Even the most intrepid Brooklynite can feel that he hasn’t fully experienced the cultural riches of our beloved borough.

Charles McVey, the founder of the vital local Web site Never Leave Brooklyn, felt that way sometimes, so he created “Brooklyn Hajj,” a two-day event to encourage exploring.

As the name suggests, this is a pilgrimage — though McVey didn’t choose the Arabic word to be politically provocative.

“Brooklyn is known for its cultural positivity — people should make a pilgrimage,” said McVey, who said the event was perfect for Brooklynites and outer-borough residents alike.

The cultural extravaganza features businesses in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights.

A Brooklyn Hajj “passport” costs just $8 and gets its bearer discounts and giveaways.

D’Mai Urban Spa, for example, is cutting prices 20 percent to all pilgrims.

“I love supporting local businesses,” said owner Daniella Stromberg. “This was a no-brainer for us.”

The Brooklyn Hajj will have various locations on Aug. 22 and 23. Tickets, $8. For info, visit www.brooklynhajj.com.

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