Welcome To

Brooklyn

Hip NYC borough with trendsetting cultural scenes.

 

Welcome to Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a hip New York City borough connected to Lower Manhattan by the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. This diverse borough is known for its trendsetting music, art, and nightlife and a dynamic dining scene with some of the very best NYC-style pizza. Brooklyn is also a bustling hub of tech start-ups and design companies. Brooklyn is the most populated borough in NYC and would rank as the largest city in the nation if each borough was ranked individually. Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods offer elegant brownstones on peaceful tree-lined residential streets along with classic walk-up apartments and newer developments.

What to Love

  • Historic brownstones in leafy neighborhoods
  • Trendsetting music, art, and nightlife
  • Great pizza and Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Spectacular Manhattan views

Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights offers unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. This neighborhood is regarded as the first suburb in the United States, and it features gorgeous historic brownstones built before the Civil War. Cobble Hill at Brooklyn Heights’ south also features attractive historic brownstones. This established neighborhood is home to many multi-generation families. To the east of Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn is the borough’s main business hub. This bustling neighborhood features luxurious highrise apartment buildings and lots of upscale shopping and dining options. In North Brooklyn, Williamsburg is a trendy neighborhood known for its cool nightlife and hip boutiques. This eclectic neighborhood also offers walk-up apartments and rowhouses on quiet residential streets along with luxurious new developments along the East River waterfront. Boerum Hill features brownstones and townhouses in a leafy residential neighborhood with a village-like atmosphere.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Brooklyn is full of fantastic restaurants, relaxed cafes, unique boutiques, and buzzing nightlife spots. Downtown Brooklyn’s DeKalb Marketplace is a bustling foodie destination with 40 vendors serving an eclectic array of gourmet global eats. Time Out Market New York and the weekly Smorgasburg open-air food market offer a similarly extensive selection of international eats and great riverfront views. 
 
Michelin-starred Claro in Downtown Brooklyn offers exquisite renditions of authentic dishes from Mexico’s Oaxaca region alongside inventive mezcal cocktails. Along the East River waterfront in Brooklyn Heights’ northwest corner, The River Café combines Michelin-starred fine dining with stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. Henry’s End has been a Brooklyn Heights institution since the 1970s with exotic wild game dishes served in an elegant old-world setting. Sahadi’s is another longtime Brooklyn Heights stalwart selling Middle Eastern groceries, coffee, specialty cheeses, and scrumptious baked goods and deli dishes. 
 
Williamsburg is a trendy hotspot featuring chic boutiques such as la di da dee. Nightlife in this hippest of Brooklyn neighborhoods includes artisanal cocktail bars such as Fresh Kills Bar and happening music venues including Baby’s All Right and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Williamsburg also boasts heavyweight fine dining destinations, including Michelin-starred Meadowsweet for Mediterranean dining and craft cocktails and the two Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant Aska. Williamsburg’s iconic Peter Luger also holds a Michelin star, plus a Zagat recommendation as the finest steakhouse in NYC.
 
Blanca in neighboring Bushwick is another Brooklyn dining standout that has been awarded two Michelin stars for its exceptional haute cuisine. The more laidback adjacent sister eatery Roberta’s lays serious claim to NYC’s best pizza NYC, while Faro’s sublime seasonal Italian cuisine and handmade pasta ranks high among Brooklyn’s best dining experiences. Greenpoint at the northernmost end of the borough has creative wood-fired Mexican fare at Michelin-starred Oxomoco and German-style beers and pub grub at the enormous Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

Things to Do

Brooklyn offers plenty of scenic outdoor space to explore. Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bride Park each offer amazing views across the East River to Manhattan. Sprawling 526-acre Prospect Park features beautiful landscaping and waterways laid out by Central Park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. At the northern edge of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden extends over 52 acres with specialty collections spanning 14,000 plant varieties. 
 
The adjacent Brooklyn Museum has an incredible collection of artwork and antiques ranging from 3,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts to paintings from American artists such as Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, and Georgia O’Keefe. Other popular cultural attractions include Brooklyn Heights’ New York Transit Museum and Center for Brooklyn History. This dynamic borough also features many cutting-edge galleries and art spaces, such as The Invisible Dog Art Center in Cobble Hill. 
 
Barclays Center is the home arena of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, as well as the host of major concerts and combat sports events. Brooklyn has countless other entertainment venues of all sizes. House of Yes in Bushwick is a unique performance-fueled nightclub showcasing cabaret, circus acts, theater, and music. At Brooklyn’s southern tip, Coney Island is an iconic beachfront amusement park with over 50 rides and attractions.

Schools

Public schools in Brooklyn are operated by the New York City Department of Education. Highlights include:

  • Brooklyn Technical High School, Public, Magnet, 9-12
  • Brooklyn College, Public, Higher Education, Liberal Arts



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