Brooklyn, NY

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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.

Where to stay in Brooklyn

Liberty View Brooklyn hotel
Liberty View Brooklyn hotel
2.5 out of 5
826 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11232
The price is $126 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this hotel in Brooklyn. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Prospect Park and Barclays Center Brooklyn ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"Nice and cute"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Liberty View Brooklyn hotel
Insignia Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Insignia Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
2.5 out of 5
741 61st Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220
The price is $152 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Brooklyn. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and valet parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the property condition ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (783 reviews)
"Staffs are very nice, property is clean"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Insignia Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Pod Brooklyn
Pod Brooklyn
3 out of 5
247 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11211
The price is $139 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Brooklyn. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the property ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (978 reviews)
"My husband and I really enjoyed staying at the Pod. Our room was clean and comfortable and the staff was very friendly. We also loved the outdoor areas. It was loud at night, but I think that is just how staying in Brooklyn is! We would definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Pod Brooklyn
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The Bond Townhouse
The Bond Townhouse
4 out of 5
62 Wyckoff St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Brooklyn. Enjoy free WiFi, in-room massages, and a garden. Popular attractions Barclays Center Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge ...
1/5 (1 review)
Not Open
"It seemed like a perfect spot for us. We did not stay because this property is not open anymore. We were not informed ahead of time. We had to scramble to find accommodations"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

The Bond Townhouse
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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