Commerce & Culture
The Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM, has long been one of the borough’s premier cultural institutions. The name doesn’t capture its breadth — performances include not only music, but also dance, theater, and film (at BAM Rose Cinemas). Other cultural institutions of note include BRIC (Brooklyn’s oldest contemporary art gallery), the celebrated Theatre for a New Audience (which stages revivals and classic works, especially Shakespeare), UrbanGlass (a gallery focused on artists working with glass), and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. The latest addition is the nonprofit Center for Fiction, which relocated in 2019 from Battery Park City. For visitors and residents hungry for more than just culture, there are restaurants and bars aplenty. The busiest commercial strip is Fulton Street, running along the southern edge of the neighborhood, though DeKalb and Lafayette also have local and restaurant-critic favorites.