Herbert Von King ParkWHERE: 670 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
HOURS: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
BBQ AREA: Four designated areas within the park
Reflecting New York's penchant for change, Herbert Von King Park has been through a number of overhauls. Originally the park came into the lives of Brooklyn residents as Tompkins Park, named after the famous abolitionist and former New York governor. The '70s and '80s saw massive change at the park, including the construction of a rec center, amphitheater, and an indoor dance studio. Oh, and they swapped out Tompkins for Herbert Von King, a champion of social progress in Bed-Stuy. He'd probably appreciate the park's latest addition: Wi-Fi. Now you can check Complex's website for drink recipes while you sit in the park, mixing your beverage. That's progress.