There's always something going on in Brooklyn. South of the bridge, Brooklyn's prominent art scene cannot be missed -- from concerts in the park to fabulous art exhibits. Distance from Baltimore: 190 miles Summer events/activities: The Celebrate Brooklyn Benefit Concert at Prospect Park (West and 9th streets; bricartsmedia.org or 718-683-5600; $55 reserved tickets, $49.50 on the lawn) on July 30 includes Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster -- and raises money to support Celebrate Brooklyn's free shows; for a different scene, check out Odd Future and Meek Mill at Hot 97 DJ Pete Rosenberg's second annual birthday show on July 20 at Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Ave. and N. 12th St.; williamsburghparkbk.com or 800-745-3000; $42 tickets); celebrate at the Bushwick Block Party (261 Moore St.; bushwickblockparty.com) featuring local food vendors, dancing and summer fun on July 27. Cool Lodging: An old factory in Williamsburg converted into a hotel might not sound glamorous, but the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave.; wythehotel.com or 718-460-8000) is a modern and vibrant hotel (above) on the Brooklyn waterfront. On the other hand, the Condor Hotel (56 Franklin Ave.; condorny.com or 718-526-6367) is a little more affordable, good for traveling and close to Manhattan. Eat here: Of course, you will find diversity in New York cuisine. The Good Fork (391 Van Brunt St.; goodfork.com or 718-643-6636) combines a mish-mash of American, Korean and Mexican meals; Scottadito Osteria Toscana (788 A Union St.; scottadito.com or 718-636-4800) is as Italian as it sounds (try the homemade pasta!), but also includes a variety of seafood. Don't miss: The first and third Sundays of the summer are delicious in Brooklyn. New York's finest food trucks gather at the Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park (prospectpark.org).
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