New York Today: New York Today: Voyage to Red Hook

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Taking in Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. Credit Aaron Zebrook for The New York Times

Good morning on this beautiful Thursday.

With glorious weather for next few days, it might be a good time to start making weekend plans.

We’d like to take a moment to remind you that a staycation in New York can feel just as adventurous as a jaunt outside the city, especially if you get there on one of our city’s new ferry routes.

Allow us to suggest a destination: Red Hook, Brooklyn.

We recently spent a few days getting to known the neighborhood as part of our series highlighting things to see, eat, drink and do near our city’s ferry landings.

What to see. The waterfront. After meandering along the harbor’s charming cobblestone streets and red brick warehouses, stop by the Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. It’s a reminder of the days in the 19th century when Red Hook was one of the country’s most important shipping centers. Locals also claim it offers the best view of the Statue of Liberty from land.

What to drink. Spirits. Start off your tour of local liquors with an old fashioned (made with homemade bitters and whiskey) at the tasting room at Van Brunt Stillhouse, a distillery, and follow it up with a sampling of the chocolate rum at Cacao Prieto. Red Hook Winery makes wines using only New York grapes, but the real treasure here is the grappa, distilled in small batches by Colin Alevras, the shop’s foreman.

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What to do. Get creative. The arts are part of the neighborhood’s fabric, from glassblowers and furniture makers to art schools and galleries. You can channel your inner artist at Pioneer Works, an arts center a block away from the ferry terminal that offers classes alongside exhibitions, performances, discussions and events.

What to eat. Sandwiches. We were told that Hometown Bar B Que’s brisket sandwich, with pickle, raw onions and sticky barbecue sauce, was the best $12 we could spend on food in the neighborhood. We weren’t disappointed. But if red meat is not your thing, we were equally pleased with the Maine lobster roll, made with homemade mayonnaise, from Red Hook Lobster Pound. And for dessert, sample a swingle (a small key lime pie, frozen and dipped in chocolate) from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. Share one with a friend on the grass of nearby Valentino Park.

Travel time to Red Hook from Wall Street/Pier 11 is around 22 minutes.

Here’s what else is happening:

Weather

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This is weather to write home about.

A string of sunny, clear and warm days are ahead. It starts today, with bright blue skies and a high of about 80.

Start smiling. We can expect the same through most of next week.

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SoHo and its empty storefronts. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

In the News

Rising rents have forced small shops and art galleries out of SoHo. It’s even become too expensive for some of the biggest brands. [New York Times]

A federal judge in Brooklyn wants more young, female lawyers to take a leading role in cases. So he made that a rule in his courtroom. [New York Times]

The financier who owns the biggest stake in the Plaza Hotel is looking for a buyer, but the hotel’s other partners have their own plans. [New York Times]

A jury has been chosen in the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. [New York Times]

A group of New York congressmen want Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson to deport a convicted Nazi prison guard in Queens. [DNAinfo]

The Police Department is monitoring a Queens condominium where images of a swastika, the confederate flag and Hitler are part of the lobby décor. [NY1]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Always Idlewild

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Learn about hives and honeybees from a beekeeper at Greenbelt Nature Center in Staten Island. 11 a.m. [Free]

Look for whales and dolphins on a cruise, departing at Riis Landing in Rockaway, Queens. Noon [$48]

Learn how to tango and put your moves to the test at 20 Jay Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. 6 p.m. [Free]

A screening of the film “Point Break,” with a new soundtrack played by a live band, at Brooklyn Bowl. 9 p.m. [$12]

Mets host Diamondbacks, 12:10 p.m. (SNY). Yankees at Tigers, 1:10 p.m. (YES).

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Sept. 1.

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

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The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in 2015. Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

And Finally…

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival continues today, with jam sessions, jazz performances and discussions in the East Village and Harlem.

The festival celebrates Mr. Parker, an influential jazz artist known as the father of bebop and a consummate New Yorker.

Here are some free performances to attend this week:

Today: The tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith and other Broadway actors perform a tribute to Mr. Parker’s music at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. 7 p.m.

Friday: The clarinet performer Anat Cohen leads a group of musicians on a musical tour of the sounds of Mr. Parker in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. 7 p.m.

Saturday: An afternoon of jazz from the Lee Konitz Quartet, Terri Lyne Carrington, Louis Hayes and Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. 3 p.m.

Sunday: End your weekend with an evening jazz performance with the Joshua Redman Quartet, Lou Donaldson, Tia Fuller and Alicia Olatuja at Tompkins Square Park, near the Gothic Revival-style rowhouse that Mr. Parker called home. 3 p.m.

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