Brooklyn

Travel Guide
Brooklyn Bridge Park showing skyline, a river or creek and a bridge

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

Insignia Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Insignia Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
2.5 out of 5
741 61st Street, Brooklyn, NY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $147 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Sunset Park, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Sunset Park and 5.3 mi (8.5 km) from Prospect Park Bandshell. 8 Av. Station (62nd St.) is only a 3-minute ...
4.1/5Very Good! (634 reviews)
"Parking overnight only cost 29 dollars"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2021

Insignia Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Tillary Hotel
The Tillary Hotel
3.5 out of 5
85 Flatbush Ave Extension, Brooklyn, NY
The price is CA $201 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (951 reviews)
"Ideal for what we were looking for close to Barclay center"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2021

The Tillary Hotel
The Williamsburg Hotel
The Williamsburg Hotel
5 out of 5
96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
The price is CA $300 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Williamsburg, this luxury hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from United Nations Headquarters and within 6 mi (10 km) of Roosevelt Island and Brooklyn Bridge ...
4.1/5Very Good! (618 reviews)
"The decor and style this hotel is so cute! Very chic, mid-century modern. Nice vibe and atmosphere."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

The Williamsburg Hotel
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The Bond Townhouse
The Bond Townhouse
4 out of 5
62 Wyckoff St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Brooklyn, NY
Located in Boerum Hill, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Barclays Center Brooklyn, and New York Harbor. Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect ...
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
Private Garden apt-Prime Park Slope Brooklyn NYC . Outdoor Space/Grill
Private Garden apt-Prime Park Slope Brooklyn NYC . Outdoor Space/Grill
Brooklyn, NY
This family-friendly Brooklyn apartment building is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Brooklyn Academy of Music and Brooklyn Museum. New York Harbor ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (103 reviews)
Great Stay!
"Perfect location! Great little apartment! Accommodating owners."

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2021

Private Garden apt-Prime Park Slope Brooklyn NYC . Outdoor Space/Grill
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
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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