Neighborhood: Crown Heights
Address: 618 St John's Pl.
Finding hip-hop in Crown Heights is not hard, but finding it without dancing next to old black men over 45 is pretty much impossible. Franklin Park is the favorite of the gentrified set on that side, but it also has a open yard and the option of sports bar/arcade on one side and just a regular, dark place to drown emotions on the other. We're not saying that someone's Uncle Larry is not going to try and convince your girl that he knows a thing or two, but you'll both be so happy about being able to smoke the Newport 100 loosie you just copped while listening to the Lox that you'll find it in your heart to keep your hands on your beer and not snuff anyone. After all, Brooklyn is still Brooklyn, and fighting on Franklin Ave. will never end well for anyone.