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.