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Brooklyn

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

Lovers watching sunset with Empire State Building on the background in the East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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Williamsburg

4.5/5Wonderful!(496 area reviews)

Noted for its cafés and live music, there's plenty to explore in Williamsburg. Top attractions like McCarren Park Pool and Brooklyn Brewery are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Metropolitan Av. Station or Hewes St. Station to see more of the city.

Williamsburg
Downtown Brooklyn which includes heritage elements and a bridge

Downtown Brooklyn

4/5Very Good!(698 area reviews)

Travelers choose Downtown Brooklyn for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Jay St. - Tech Station or York St. Station and check out top sights like Kings County Supreme Court.

Downtown Brooklyn
Park Slope featuring street scenes

Park Slope

4/5Very Good!(364 area reviews)

Travelers choose Park Slope for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at 7 Av. Station (9th St.) or 9 St. Station and check out top sights like Old American Can Factory.

Park Slope
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Greenpoint

4/5Very Good!(263 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Greenpoint. Spend some time visiting top spots like WNYC Transmitter Park, and catch the metro at Greenpoint Av. Station or Nassau Av. Station to see more of the area.

Greenpoint
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Bedford-Stuyvesant

3.5/5Good!(284 area reviews)

Travelers can't get enough of the abundant dining options in Bedford-Stuyvesant. If you want to get around town and see some sights, jump on the metro at Kingston - Throop Avs. Station.

Bedford-Stuyvesant
Brooklyn Heights which includes a house

Brooklyn Heights

4.5/5Wonderful!(47 area reviews)

You might enjoy the restaurants while in Brooklyn Heights. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Clark St. Station or Court St. Station to see more of the city.

Brooklyn Heights

Top Hotels in Brooklyn

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
3 out of 5
125 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY
The price is ¥11,689 per night

Located in Downtown Brooklyn, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Barclays Center Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Bridge. Wall Street and Pace University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,038 reviews)

"The hospitality was excellent. Will return soon. The room was superb. Clean and welcoming"…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
3.5 out of 5
300 Schermerhorn Road, Brooklyn, NY
The price is ¥10,420 per night

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! (1,071 reviews)

"Neighborhood is full of construction and walls are fairly thin but the room, staff and experience over all was lovely. I will definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
The William Vale
The William Vale
5 out of 5
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is ¥31,852 per night

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! (987 reviews)

"Chester was very nice! The people working were very accommodating. I stayed in the $800 a night suite. I would stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

The William Vale

Popular places to visit in Brooklyn

Barclays Center Brooklyn
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Barclays Center Brooklyn

4.5/5(668 reviews)

Catch an event at Barclays Center Brooklyn during your trip to Brooklyn. Experience the fascinating museums and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Prospect Park
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Prospect Park

4.5/5(34 reviews)

With many acres of rolling hills, wooded alcoves and lush gardens, this park is a great place in Brooklyn for a lazy afternoon or an outing with the family.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

4.5/5(225 reviews)

Sunbathe alongside locals, enjoy views of Manhattan from the bike paths or enjoy gourmet food at this popular Brooklyn park.

Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

4/5(147 reviews)

See the Egyptian antiquities, a rotating selection of international art and a mammoth collection of American artworks in this impressive museum.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

3.5/5(67 reviews)

Experience the changing seasons in this leafy inner-city sanctuary, where specialty gardens and heritage pavilions showcase plants from around the world.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Walk along the East River in Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Top things to do in Brooklyn

Guided Tour of the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn
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Guided Tour of the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn

¥6,303
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop
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Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop

¥4,273
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Bike Rental: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
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Bike Rental: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

¥749
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New York
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New York

¥1,068
Per adult
Brooklyn Street Art Tour
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Brooklyn Street Art Tour

¥2,137
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Inside NYC with a Local
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Inside NYC with a Local

¥10,684
Per adult

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