You’ll be in good company in Brooklyn. The most populous borough in New York City
, Brooklyn is busy and very cool. The Brooklyn Bridge connects it to Manhattan
, and Brooklyn boasts the famous Coney Island, the hip town of Williamsburg, and the vibrant colours of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Take a look at our Brooklyn hotels and follow the crowd in NYC.
Brooklyn began as Breuckelen, a collection of six separate Dutch colonies. In 1664, the English conquered the Dutch and took over Manhattan. And Although the U.S lost “the Battle of Brooklyn” in 1776, New York became an American state in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed. Brooklyn was an independent city until 1898, when it was consolidated with the City of Greater New York. If Brooklyn had stayed independent, it would be the fourth most populous city in the United States
Things to do
Don’t miss Coney Island (“the one and only Coney”), a seaside neighbourhood with all kinds of attractions. Walk along the beachside boardwalk, swim at the beach, check the view from a rollercoaster and feel the thrill of the other carnie rides at Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park (known for the landmark in its name). Wander into the Coney Island Museum, a place that keeps American pop culture alive with circus-style attractions, live magic and a film society.
If you’re a sightseer, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of Brooklyn’s most famous sights. This 5,989-foot landmark is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the USA.
Take some time to see Brooklyn’s cultural attractions like the New York Transit Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. Then kick back in Prospect Park or Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where you can explore diverse gardens and see colourful plants in bloom.
Shopping and dining
Williamsburg is definitely a hip shopping and dining destination. Check out cool vintage shops, gastropubs, not-too-expensive restaurants, dive bars and spots to grab a whiskey or cocktail. Visit the Brooklyn Flea Market, which includes arts, crafts, jewellery and a giant food market called Smorgasburg.
To get here, book your cheap flights to New York
with us. The MTA is the best way to get around Brooklyn, so snap up some of our Brooklyn accommodation and get ready to enjoy the sights: first Brooklyn, then the rest of New York!