Like other neighborhoods in Gotham—for example, Soho—Industry City went from derelict warehouses to artists’ community to tourist entertainment hub (much to the chagrin of those artists). This 16-building complex, originally created by Irving T. Bush in the 1890s, is still the creative home to about 100 artists; their studios are open twice yearly to the public. But most visitors come here for the distinctively Brooklyn entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences that have since blossomed. I’m talking a roller disco rink, outdoor mini-golf (weather permitting), an evening cooking school, art installations, an old fashioned game arcade, concerts with local bands, and a lecture/seminar series. On site are discount outlets for RH (formerly Restoration Hardware), West Elm, Design Within Reach, and ABC Home and Carpet, along with three food halls (one entirely devoted to Japanese fare, one housing an offshoot of the fabulous international grocery store/restaurant Sahadis, the other hosting Brooklyn’s much-snarked-about all-avocado restaurant among other counters), a beer brewery, the city's first sake brewery, and a distillery for ginger liqueurs that triples as a liquor store and bar serving only brands created in New York State. Bottom line: Much fun can be had here.