What to do in Brooklyn in spring 2014

When the Beastie Boys sang “No sleep till Brooklyn” in 1987, it put the borough of Kings on the map as the hot destination for all things cool.

And things have only gotten better. With a world-class sports and music arena, tons of restaurants frequented by foodies from all over and cultural activities like a world-class art museum and botanic garden, Brooklyn is no longer just the hip new upstart from across the river.

Here’s a curated list of what to look forward to this spring, from the annual cherry blossom festival to protest art from the tumultuous Civil Rights struggle in the 1960s.