Endless summer: How to avoid winter in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Indoor beach parties and bikini shopping not your ideal way to escape the cold? Here are four other ways to pretend it is summer in Brooklyn in winter.

Zombie Hut

Drown those winter sorrows in a fruity cocktail at this divey Carroll Gardens tiki bar. Little paper umbrellas, bamboo-heavy decor, and slushie drinks make it easy to imagine yourself holidaying on a tropical island somewhere. Failing that, the strength of the pours should at least help you forget where you really are.

Zombie Hut [273 Smith St. between Sackett and Degraw streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 875–3433].

Mermaid Spa

Work up a sweat then take a refreshing dip at a Russian bathhouse. Spend some time reacquainting yourself with the sensation of warmth in this Sea Gate banya’s steams rooms, saunas, and jacuzzi, then laze away the rest of the day drinking beer in a towel. Or really treat yourself to a mini summer holiday, and splurge on a massage.

Mermaid Spa [3703 Mermaid Ave. at W. 37th Street in Sea Gate, (347) 462–2166,].

Royal Palms

No time or money to take a Caribbean cruise? Replicate at least a small part of the cruise ship experience at this new Gownus shuffleboard club. The Florida-themed center promises palm trees, lawn furniture, pink flamingo wallpaper, 10 courts, and two bars, and should be open any day now.

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union St. near Nevins Street,

Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s outdoor areas are not much fun this time of year, but its 65-foot glass Steinhardt Conservatory is positively balmy. Take a pleasant stroll past ferns, mists, and streams in the Tropical Pavilion, then see South African bulbs in full bloom in the Warm Temperate Pavilion — no beanie or gloves required. As a bonus, weekday entry is free until the end of Feb.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden [900 Washington Ave. at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, (718) 623–7200,].

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!