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.
Islands, Urban and Scenery
Sunbathe alongside locals, enjoy views of Manhattan from the bike paths or enjoy gourmet food at this popular Brooklyn park.
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.
See the Egyptian antiquities, a rotating selection of international art and a mammoth collection of American artworks in this impressive museum.
Experience the changing seasons in this leafy inner-city sanctuary, where specialty gardens and heritage pavilions showcase plants from around the world.
Walk along the East River in Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The former grounds of Revolutionary War battles have been transformed into a spacious public plaza featuring a series of monuments, fountains and sculptures.
Enjoy the fun and flexibility of New York Water Taxi’s All Day Access Pass! Take in the entire Manhattan skyline, including sights like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge.
Hit up a handful of Brooklyn’s hottest eateries on this walking tour of Manhattan’s hippest borough. Fill up on enough tastings to make a lunch of it as an expert guide leads you between innovative kitchens, killer street art, and waterfront viewpoints offering up a sweeping panorama of the city skyline.
This hands-on graffiti workshop allows participants to create a graffiti art project with the help of an authentic NYC graffiti artist. Learn the tips and techniques of aerosol art from fill-ins to masterpieces as you immerse yourself in the graffiti art culture.
At the Brooklyn Museum, you can explore an extensive and comprehensive collection that includes ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European painting, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art.
Check out baseball stadiums in the Bronx, explore cultural diversity in Queens, and uncover hipster hideaways scattered around Brooklyn. Visit 3 of New York's 5 boroughs on this engaging excursion led by an experienced local guide and cap it off with a lip-smacking lunch of delicious barbecue.
Let our guides escort you through two of Brooklyn’s most compelling neighborhoods for street art while exploring and explaining how these places came to be what they are today.