Where to drink
What’s the quickest way to draw hordes of New Yorkers to a series of once-vacant warehouses hidden in the far-flung reaches of Brooklyn? Alcohol. IC’s pioneer tenant was the Industry City Distillery, which continues to produce the only vodka distilled in New York City (with a beet sugar base). The top-floor tasting room offers distillery tours, weekend tastings, and panoramic rooftop vistas of the Statue of Liberty and the, uh, golden expanses of Costco’s parking lot. If you’re not quite ready for the hard stuff, attend one of daily tastings of small-batch, sustainable wines at the Moore Brothers Wine Company. Like the food vendors, these places close early during the week, but they’re open as late as 11pm on the weekends, and even later in the summer.
Speaking of summer, NYC’s most popular barge-bar, The Frying Pan, operates an outdoor bar/restaurant called the Wheelhouse, on a defunct tugboat stationed in Courtyard 5-6. Not only does the place provide a full-service bar, but it also has ping-pong tables and a nine-hole Brooklyn-themed mini-golf course. And for some one-of-a-kind mixed drinks, all of which are served in hollowed coconuts, hit Bangkok B.A.R., where you can sip cocktails like the P’Cow sangria, with white wine, fresh grapefruit, and orange soju.