Cultivora’s Mini Guide to Afropunk Fest 2013: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill
Brooklyn, New York -- This weekend, Brooklyn’s oldest park will play host to what is arguably the city’s most unique festival. On Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, the annual Afropunk Fest will take place in Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park.
Now in its ninth edition, the Afropunk lineup is as diverse as ever, spanning hip hop, rap, indie rock, metal, and electronic. Attendees can look forward to performances from Chuck D & DJ Lord, ?uestlove, Theophilus London, Danny Brown, k-os, Mykki Blanco, and many more. There is also plenty going on away from the stage: yoga, a skate park, the enormous “Art Wall,” a DIY fashion and craft market, and a whopping 33 food vendors have already been announced.
The event is completely free, so don’t sleep on the RSVP, and try to get in line early. There is also an option to skip the line by making a donation to the festival. You can do both on this page.
The vibrant and historic neighborhood of Fort Greene is a perfect choice for a festival like Afropunk, and the area is definitely worth exploring before or after the fest. After the jump, check out our recommendations for where to eat, shop, and party in Fort Greene, with a few in neighboring Clinton Hill for good measure.
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|No. 7 (7 Greene Avenue)|
Its unique character, beautiful dining and bar areas, and exceptionally well-executed meat and seafood dishes make this bistro an obvious choice for dinner (or drinks).
Open 5:30pm-11pm Saturday & Sunday.
Habana Outpost (757 Fulton Street)
The solar-powered, sustainably-furnished Brooklyn version of the SoHo cousin serves up delicious Mexican and Cuban eats.
Open 11am-12am Saturday & Sunday.
|Madiba (195 Dekalb Avenue)|
Arguably the first restaurant serving up exclusively South African cuisine in this country; we hear the Farm Raised Ostrich Carpaccio is a winner.
Open 11am-12am Saturday and 11am-11pm Sunday.
The General Greene (229 Dekalb Avenue)
Creative takes on American dishes, plus delicious cocktails, in a cozy setting. Great for brunch as well.
Open 9am-12am Saturday and 9am-11pm Sunday.
|Stuart & Wright (85 Lafayette Place)|
Don’t let the gaudy “French Garment Cleaners” (complete with Eiffel Tower) facade fool you, because inside you’ll find clothing for men and women, from the likes of Our Legacy, Band of Outsiders, A.P.C., Isabel Marant, and more.
Open 12pm-7pm Saturday and 12pm-6pm Sunday.
Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street)
What this independent bookstore lacks in size is more than made up for by its selection of interesting books in a bright, well-organized space.
Open 10am-10pm Saturday & Sunday.
|Saffron (31 Hanson Place)|
Stunning floral arrangements (if that’s your thing) plus whimsical, perfectly curated goods: think jewelry, stationary, vintage clothing, housewares, and all manner of curiosities.
Open 11am-7pm Saturday & Sunday.
Fort Greene Flea (176 Lafayette Avenue)
Browse the wares at the Fort Greene edition of the always-amusing Brooklyn Flea.
Open 10am-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
|Die Stammkneipe (710 Fulton Street)|
If you like bier, look no further: this primarily-indoor beer garden boasts an impressive 18 German beers on tap, and quintessential snacks like brezel (that’s “pretzel” for the non-speakers) and currywurst.
Open 2pm-4am Saturday and 2pm-1am Sunday.
Alibi (242 Dekalb Avenue)
Proving that you really can have it all, this dive bar has a jukebox, Buck Hunter, and cheap, cheap drinks.
Open 3pm-4am Saturday & Sunday.
|Dick & Jane's Bar (266 Adelphi Street)|
Make your way to this tiny, unmarked spot for the best cocktails in the area. Look for a large wooden garage door to enter the speakeasy.
Open 7pm-3am Saturday and 7pm-1am Sunday.
Mo's (80 Lafayette Avenue)
An oft-crowded and decidedly divey, if somewhat characterless, neighborhood bar.
Open 11am-4am Saturday & Sunday.
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