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Brooklyn
Travel Guide

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

The William Vale
The William Vale
5 out of 5
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is CA $309 per night from May 19 to May 19
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"The stay was amazing, we needed up booking another night because it felt like a vacation and we didn’t want to leave. The best staycation ever ! The bathtub was wonderful especially at night with the view. Would definitely come back and highly recommended."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

The William Vale
EVEN Hotel Brooklyn, an IHG Hotel
EVEN Hotel Brooklyn, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
46 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is CA $141 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Located in Boerum Hill, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brooklyn Academy of Music and Barclays Center Brooklyn. Brooklyn Bridge Park/DUMBO Terminal ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,202 reviews)
"Hotel was nice and clean! Very convenient, walking distance from many stores. Beautiful view from my room."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

EVEN Hotel Brooklyn, an IHG Hotel
The Tillary Hotel
The Tillary Hotel
3.5 out of 5
85 Flatbush Ave Extension, Brooklyn, NY
The price is CA $143 per night from May 30 to May 30
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! (971 reviews)
"Beautiful property with great gym and patio bar."

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

The Tillary Hotel
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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
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, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Barclays Center Brooklyn. New York University ...
Piano Duplex in New York Artistic Best Bushwick
Classic Brownstone Garden Apartment
Classic Brownstone Garden Apartment
Brooklyn, NY
Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, this romantic apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Barclays ...
Classic Brownstone Garden Apartment
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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Reviews of Brooklyn

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 1, 2020

We stayed in Brooklyn for our first night as we wanted to see the Christmas lights in Dyker heights. It is so worth it, really amazing!

3/5 - Okay

Teri

Dec 31, 2019

There are different parts of NYC. Some neat and maintained and some less so. Unfortunately this part of Brooklyn is not very well maintained but that is just part of a city wide problem. Hotel and it’s surroundings were clean.

4/5 - Good

CG

Dec 10, 2019

Interesting neighbourhood overall. NYC's mix of the ultra-rich living right next to the very poor is always so odd to me.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 29, 2019

Downtown Brooklyn is a great area to stay in. There are plenty of nearby dining and shopping options. It's also very close the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, which are fun options to walk and run, and the subway to get into Manhattan.

5/5 - Excellent

Costa

Oct 28, 2019

Enjoyed walking through the streets with the brownstone homes all decorated for Halloween.

5/5 - Excellent

Tito

Oct 7, 2019

Man! for a guy that love Berlin. I found myself pleased by Brooklyn. HipHop as fuck. Kind of place I want to be.

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