Ceremony and Party:
Both the ceremony and party will be held at the Brooklyn Museum on May 21, 2011
The ceremony begins at 7pm (officiated by Karen's uncle, Harry Hoffer!) and will be directly followed by the party!!
Dress up as much as you wish - we're making this black tie optional.
We have reserved blocks of rooms in two hotels:
The Downtown Brooklyn Marriott
We've got the block until April 25 at $179 per night, which is really reasonable for New York.
The Downtown Manhattan Marriott
(which is probably more convenient for sight-seeing) is $189 per night. Both Marriots are in great locations; just a few subway stops away from the museum.
Our NYC Visitor's Tips:
*Sam Sifton wrote a great article, 36 Hours in Brooklyn.
*Chowhound on the Top "essential" New York Restaurants from $ to $$$$.
Karen and Mike love Lucali's pizza in Carroll Gardens, Great Jones Cafe in the East Village for drinks and blackened catfish, Clover Club in Cobble Hill for fancy cocktails, Bar Tabac in Cobble Hill for burgers, brunch at Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens, and Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village for arepas. Further afield, we love Sripraphai in queens for Thai, Fiorentino's in Gravesend, Brooklyn for red sauce Italian, and the Bohemian Beer Hall in Astoria.
*The very cool New York Transit Museum is directly underneath Karen and Mike's building. It's truly great for kids, but also interesting for adults. It's just a 3 block walk from the Brooklyn Marriott.
*The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is right next to the Brooklyn Museum and is definitely worth a wander, maybe even just before the wedding if you wear comfy shoes!
Directions to the Museum:
Take the 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfers to the 2 and 3 are available from the 4 and 5 (at Nevins Street) and the B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street). Check MTA service advisories for the most up-to-date subway travel information. Click here for a subway map
Brooklyn Bridge; first left at Tillary Street; right on Flatbush Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles to Grand Army Plaza; approximately 2/3 around Plaza; turn right on Eastern Parkway. Museum is at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue). Or Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.
*From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut
Triborough Bridge to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE)/Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street, make a left onto Flatbush Avenue and proceed according to the directions from Manhattan.
*From Staten Island and Southern or Central New Jersey
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for approximately 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; turn right on Eastern Parkway. Museum is at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).
*From Northern or North Central New Jersey
George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow Manhattan directions.
*From Long Island
Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; approximately 3 miles to Washington Avenue. Museum is across intersection at left.