Brooklyn

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

This thriving borough is a hub of culture and music, attracting innovative arts practitioners from all over the world.

Brooklyn boasts a cutting-edge art scene, with plenty of modern galleries and independent shops. Pizza and pretzel vendors will keep you fed while you enjoy the hustle and bustle of this neighbourhood, as well as its panorama of the famous buildings of New York.

Brooklyn was incorporated into the wider City of New York as late as 1898, and throughout the 20th century the area struggled with high levels of poverty and social problems. Nowadays, it's full of young people, from students and young workers to families, and it has an effervescent culture to match. Make sure to listen closely to the locals: that “typical” New York accent you’ve heard on television is the local accent in Brooklyn.

Enjoy a bracing walk across the 1.8-kilometre Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan. Relax and take in the views in the adjoining Brooklyn Bridge Park, or cool down with an ice-cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The adjoining Dumbo area is home to some of the finest residences in the city, renovated warehouses beautifully situated near the waterfront. Just a short subway trip away is Greenpoint, where you can visit “Five Leaves Café; Bar and Oysters”, a restaurant designed by the late Hollywood star, Heath Ledger.

Escape the noise of the city and take your pick of one of Brooklyn’s excellent parks. Prospect Park is the area’s equivalent to Central Park – in fact, it was designed by the same team. Sunny summer days are perfect for a visit to the public pool in McCarron Park, and you can come back in the cool of the evening to enjoy a film projected onto a huge outdoor screen here. Sunset Park is situated in Chinatown and is a good spot for a rest after exploring that area. Lots of the neighbourhoods in this part of the city are heavily populated by particular ethnic groups, making for a vibrant and diverse mix.

The relaxed and hip atmosphere throughout Brooklyn is well represented in its many bars and cafés. There are also a number of cool rooftop spots from where you can enjoy the view across the iconic cityscape with a drink in the evening.

Located south of Manhattan, Brooklyn is on the western end of Long Island, and is well-serviced by a wide range of buses and subway stations.

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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 €91 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (643 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Insignia Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
4 out of 5
457 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is €130 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Located in Sunset Park, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Sunset Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of One World Trade Center and Empire State Building. Madison ...
4/5 Very Good! (662 reviews)
"Staff are friendly. There’s not a lot of parking spaces in the hotel. Our room was on level 1 which is underground and you can smell trash since its where they dispose their cleaning stuff. Trash was on the floor right in front of our room"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2021

Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
The Williamsburg Hotel
The Williamsburg Hotel
5 out of 5
96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
The price is €203 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Located in Williamsburg, this luxury hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brooklyn Navy Yard and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from United Nations Headquarters. Brooklyn Bridge Park ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (633 reviews)
"The staff was exceptional! Everyone had a smile and was welcoming. The food was exceptional."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 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 mile (2 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Barclays Center Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Brooklyn Navy ...
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 9 May 2021

The Bond Townhouse
 Mulzac's Family Vacation Rental / Duplex
Mulzac's Family Vacation Rental / Duplex
1365 FULTON ST, Brooklyn, NY
This family-friendly Brooklyn holiday home is located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, within 2 mi (3 km) of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Brooklyn Museum. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Stay during Christmas Week
"We enjoyed our family time all together with 3 families over Christmas week. The best part was the off street parking! We could be out and about and never had to stress over where we were going to park on our return! Also really enjoyed the stocked fridge- very nice perk! The stairs up to the units ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2020

Mulzac's Family Vacation Rental / Duplex
20 minutes away from MANHATTAN
20 minutes away from MANHATTAN
49 Sheridan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Located in Cypress Hills, this holiday home is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Resorts World Casino and within 6 miles (10 km) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Prospect ...
20 minutes away from MANHATTAN
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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