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Brooklyn, NY
Travel Guide

Brooklyn Bridge Park which includes a river or creek, a city and skyline

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

The Tillary Hotel
The Tillary Hotel
3.5 out of 5
85 Flatbush Ave Extension, Brooklyn, NY
The price is $129 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Downtown Brooklyn, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and Barclays Center Brooklyn. Wall Street and Pace University ...
4.1/5Very Good! (970 reviews)
"I thought the rooms very very clean and comfortable. The lobby seemed chaotic to me."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

The Tillary Hotel
The William Vale
The William Vale
5 out of 5
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is $325 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Roosevelt Island, United Nations Headquarters, and Empire State Building. Brooklyn Bridge ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"My gf and I live in the area. Came here because we are renovating our house. Overall it was a good short stay. The room was modern and clean. The view from our room was impeccable. The hotel bar was trendy and popular. However, they could use better staff there. I would recommend friends from out ..."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

The William Vale
Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
4 out of 5
457 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is $149 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in Sunset Park, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Sunset Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of One World Trade Center and Empire State Building. Grand Central ...
4/5Very Good! (543 reviews)
"Property was clean, new & well maintained. Rooms are small, but have enough & accessible storage. one of the best we have seen in the NYC area - definitely for the price."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
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New York Williamsburg Empire state of mind w patio
New York Williamsburg Empire state of mind w patio
Brooklyn, NY
Located in Williamsburg, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of New York University, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Washington Square Park. Barclays Center ...
New York Williamsburg Empire state of mind w patio
Brooklyn Oasis! Walk to Botanical Gardens, Restaurants, Shops & More. Free Wifi
Brooklyn Oasis! Walk to Botanical Gardens, Restaurants, Shops & More. Free Wifi
Brooklyn, NY
Located in Prospect Heights, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Prospect Park and Barclays Center Brooklyn. Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Clean, nice location, quiet during the daysnights
"This apartment is as advertised, it is clean, very near to a subway stop and just a few short blocks to prospect park which is lovely and has trails and a babbling brook with plenty of space to walk and run. The apartment is ideal and quiet during the day. HOWEVER at the time of this review (11/2019) ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2019

Brooklyn Oasis! Walk to Botanical Gardens, Restaurants, Shops & More. Free Wifi
Piano duplex in New York artistic best Bushwick
Piano duplex in New York artistic best Bushwick
Brooklyn, NY
Located in Bushwick, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Prospect Park, Barclays Center Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. New York University ...
Piano duplex in New York artistic best Bushwick
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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