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BrooklynUnited States of America

With its galleries, vintage shops and wonderful places to eat, this borough is a trendy haunt well worth exploring.

An independent city in its own right until the late 19th century, Brooklyn was once notorious for its unforgiving reputation as well as for its crime. In recent years, however, as students and young professionals have moved here, this has perhaps become the most hip and trendy of New York's five boroughs, home to great pubs and restaurants as well as a lively creative scene which draws talented people from across the world.

This is a great place to eat out, with splendid Italian cuisine on offer as well as street vendors, cafés and high-end restaurants all opening their doors in the neighbourhood. There is an abundance of bars in the area too, ranging from relaxed, informal establishments to stylish rooftop bars. Browse the flea markets and vintage shops all around the Williamsburg neighbourhood too, where you may find a great bargain.

When you want to walk off all that food, take a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge, which stretches almost two kilometres from Manhattan, and offers stunning views of the city towards Brooklyn Bridge Park. Head to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a tasty treat, or check out the Dumbo neighbourhood with its beautiful condos, then pay a visit to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, where you'll find cafes, galleries and boutiques. You simply must visit Greenpoint's Five Leaves Café Bar and Oysters, designed by actor Heath Ledger.

After all that exploring, head to Prospect Park – designed by the people behind Central Park – to relax in the sunshine. Or check out Sunset Park nearby, in the neighbourhood where you can discover Brooklyn's Chinatown. If you're here in the warmer months, you can see an outdoor movie or swim in the public pool at McCarren Park.

Eager art lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries in Brooklyn. Globally renowned photographers and artists showcase their work here all the time, which you can discover along with new and emerging talents. The Brooklyn Museum is a stunning space too, worth a visit simply for its beautiful architecture as well as for its programme of exhibits, many of which focus on women's art.

Located south of Manhattan on Long Island's western edge, you can reach Brooklyn by taking the subway or bus.

Where to stay in Brooklyn

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Williamsburg

4.5/5Wonderful!(44 area reviews)

Noted for its cafes and live music, there's plenty to explore in Williamsburg. Top attractions like McCarren Park Pool and Brooklyn Brewery are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Metropolitan Av. Station or Hewes St. Station to see more of the city.

Williamsburg
Downtown Brooklyn showing heritage elements and a bridge

Downtown Brooklyn

4/5Very Good!(23 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Kings County Supreme Court while getting to know Downtown Brooklyn, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Jay St. - Tech Station or York St. Station to see more of the area.

Downtown Brooklyn
Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Park Slope

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Brooklyn Boulders while getting to know Park Slope, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at 7 Av. Station (9th St.) or 9 St. Station to see more of the area.

Park Slope
Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Bushwick

2/5(2 area reviews)

Bushwick is a destination travellers like for its coffee shops, and you might hop aboard the metro at Knickerbocker Av. Station or Central Av. Station to explore sights like Maria Hernandez Park.

Bushwick
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Greenpoint

4.5/5Wonderful!(23 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Greenpoint. Spend some time visiting top spots like WNYC Transmitter Park, and catch the metro at Greenpoint Av. Station or Nassau Av. Station to see more of the area.

Greenpoint
Brooklyn Heights showing a house

Brooklyn Heights

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

You might enjoy the restaurants while in Brooklyn Heights. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Clark St. Station or Court St. Station to see more of the city.

Brooklyn Heights

Top hotels in Brooklyn

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
3.5 out of 5
300 Schermerhorn Road, Brooklyn, NY
The price is Rs8,184 per night

Located in Boerum Hill, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Barclays Center Brooklyn, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn ...

4/5Very Good! (1,119 reviews)

"Loved the staff at the restaurant attached to the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2020

Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
The William Vale
The William Vale
5 out of 5
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The price is Rs26,020 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Roosevelt Island and 3 mi (4.8 km) from United Nations Headquarters. Brooklyn Bridge Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Chester was very nice! The people working were very accommodating. I stayed in the $800 a night suite. I would stay again!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

The William Vale
Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY
3 out of 5
125 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY
The price is Rs8,819 per night

Located in Downtown Brooklyn, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Barclays Center Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge. Wall Street and Pace ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,040 reviews)

"The young lady that helped me with check in was a delight! Super friendly & answered all my questions before I even asked."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown NY

Popular places to visit in Brooklyn

Barclays Center Brooklyn
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Barclays Center Brooklyn

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Catch an event at Barclays Center Brooklyn during your trip to Brooklyn.Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Prospect Park
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Prospect Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

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.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Sunbathe alongside locals, enjoy views of Manhattan from the bike paths or enjoy gourmet food at this popular Brooklyn park.

Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

See the Egyptian antiquities, a rotating selection of international art and a mammoth collection of American artworks in this impressive museum.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

5/5(1 review)

Experience the changing seasons in this leafy inner-city sanctuary, where specialty gardens and heritage pavilions showcase plants from around the world.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

5/5(3 reviews)

Walk along the East River in Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Reviews of Brooklyn

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5/5 - Excellent

Anthony

11 Mar 2020

Brooklyn on the whole is excellent and a brilliant place to stay. Great links to Manhattan and airports.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

Brooklyn is cool. Nice bridge. Nice DUMBO. Nice pizza.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Dec 2019

A true gem all the cool fox live there if you are a londoner its a bit like shoreditch but quiet with secret places to shop and eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

Highly recommend Sweet Chick on Bedford for brunch!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

The hotel is a couple of blocks from a pier with a ferry link to Manhattan.

5/5 - Excellent

Nadine

18 Nov 2019

Lots of great bars, cafes and restaurants. More chilled than Manhattan

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