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Brooklyn
Travel Guide

This bustling borough has everything — from pizza slices and pretzel vendors, to trendy galleries, and vintage stores -- all with killer views of the Manhattan skyline.

A lively arts and music scene, trendy shopping and hip pubs and restaurants gives Brooklyn a decidedly unique identity. This borough attracts creative talent from all over the world.

Brooklyn was an independent city until the end of the 19th century, and was known for its tough reputation throughout much of the 20th century. Today, it’s the most densely populated of New York City’s five boroughs, populated mainly by families, students, and young professionals in all walks of life.

This area is studded with a great range of dining options, especially Italian fare like pizza, pasta, and gelato. You’ll find everything from street vendors, to charming sidewalk cafes, to high-end restaurants. Brooklyn is also brimming with eclectic flea markets and vintage stores throughout the Williamsburg neighborhood.

If you’re looking for some exercise, stroll from Manhattan over the 1.3-mile-long (1.82 kilometers) Brooklyn Bridge. Stop and enjoy the views of the city skyline from picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park. Grab a scoop (or two) from the award-winning Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and explore the Dumbo neighborhood, where former warehouses have been converted into multi-million dollar condos. From Dumbo, it’s a subway ride to Bedford Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg. Take your time and explore the many cute cafes, galleries and boutiques. Wander over to trendy Greenpoint to grab a bite from Five Leaves Café, Bar and Oysters, which actor Heath Ledger designed.

Brooklyn also has plenty of green spaces where you can kick back and relax. Prospect Park is the borough’s answer to Central Park, created by the same design team. Nearby Sunset Park, in a neighborhood bearing the same name, is where you’ll find Brooklyn’s Chinatown. If you’re in town in summer, catch an outdoor film or take a dip in the public pool at McCarren Park.

Art buffs can get their fill from countless galleries and independent art spaces throughout Brooklyn. You’ll find exhibits by internationally-recognized photographers and artists, as well as up-and-coming creative minds. The architecturally beautiful Brooklyn Museum often has travelling exhibits worth checking, with a focus on women’s art.

The Brooklyn bar scene is just as lively as it is across the bridge in Manhattan. You’ll find informal bars and cafes, as well as elegant rooftop spots to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the amazing skyline after a day of sightseeing.

Brooklyn is just south of Manhattan, on the western tip of Long Island. It’s easily accessible by subway or bus.

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Where to stay in Brooklyn

Top Hotels in Brooklyn

The Williamsburg Hotel
The Williamsburg Hotel
5 out of 5
96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
The price is ¥16,965 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Williamsburg, this luxury hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from United Nations Headquarters and within 6 mi (10 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Chrysler Building. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (492 reviews)

"The shower was not great: lopsided shower head and it was too far to reach it to reposition, if it could be repositioned, no coffee machine in the room, plenty of snacks and water, but no coffee."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Williamsburg Hotel
The William Vale
The William Vale
5 out of 5
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is ¥22,115 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Roosevelt Island and 3 mi (4.8 km) from United Nations Headquarters. Brooklyn Bridge Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Our stay at The William Vale was perfect for our elopement style wedding! The Gotham Corner Suite has amazing views and was so comfortable for us as we began our next journey as a married couple. Huge thank you to Isabel, Leuca staff, and the front desk for helping to make our big day very special ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The William Vale
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
3.5 out of 5
300 Schermerhorn Road, Brooklyn, NY
The price is ¥8,836 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Boerum Hill, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barclays Center Brooklyn, Prospect Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Museum ...

4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"The room was clean and the view was great. There’s no microwave though. Unless you request one which they don’t tell you."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
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Reviews of Brooklyn

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3 - Okay 10.55008210180624%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 7, 2020

I am from Brooklyn, I love all the restaurants and the convenience of the stores.

3/5 - Okay

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May 27, 2020

Construction areas takes up parking spaces. Lots of scaffolding and noise.

4/5 - Good

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May 10, 2020

What is the purpose of all these questions besides the ones about the hotel?

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 14, 2020

Would visit and stay again, wish I would have visited more shops.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

Nothing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

Love it and the people there...will be back

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