A favorite block in Brooklyn (and free ice cream, comics and massages!)

One of my favorite blocks in Brooklyn is Bergen Street between 5th Ave and Flatbush. With places like Bark, home of the borough's best hot dogs, and Bump, my go-to spot for maternity and nursing wear, and Sun in Bloom, a cafe with vegan, raw and macrobiotic food and drinks where I once paid $8 for a freshly squeezed juice and balked at the price before realizing I've handed over double that amount for a glass of wine, it's a lively side street full of colorful storefronts and signs. There's also a Lululemon, a comic book store (that you might have seen on an episode of HBO's Bored to Death), a Babeland, and although it's not on Bergen Street, Bklyn Larder is conveniently located around the corner. Many of the business owners on the block plan events from time to time and there are a few things going on this weekend.

Bump is giving out free scoops of ice cream from Blue Marble on Saturday from 2-4pm and accepting (and matching) donations for Providence House, a non-profit that helps transform the lives of homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women and their children. They'll also be donating a portion of the weekend's sales to the organization and are offering 20% off all regular priced items. Bergen Street Comics will be giving away free comics (supplies are limited, so go early and bring your kids!) and Lululemon will be giving free chair massages from 2-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you live in NYC, come check out a cool part of Brooklyn.

Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!

Image credit: SaSaDi Odunsi, co-owner of Bump

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