With industrious beginnings, Brooklyn has long been considered Manhattan’s scrappier sister. Well, this eastern borough is still scrappy, but it’s also full of artsy enclaves, up-and-coming culinary scenes and enough sightseeing to fill an entire holiday, thank you very much.
When you’re scouting out the right Brooklyn hotel, you’ll have the best luck in neighbourhoods closer to the East River. If you want to turn this into a Big Apple extravaganza, book New York City accommodation in the other four boroughs, too.
Things to Do in Brooklyn
Brunch may seem like just a meal to some, but when in Brooklyn, you sleep in on the weekend and start the day with tasty treats and your closest mates. After mimosas, this outer borough are your oyster. On a sunny day, visit Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Prospect Park, a quiet neighbourhood on the west side. For boutique shopping and fine dining, Williamsburg has been sending out a swanky siren song for decades, and nearby Bushwick has become synonymous with street art and nightlife, which go together surprisingly well. To tour historic buildings in a single swoop, head to Brooklyn Heights, home of Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and peaceful promenade. But when you want old architecture, you can’t overlook the Brooklyn Bridge—really, you can’t; it’s huge!—completed in 1883. If you travel during NYC’s summer time, cool off on the beach at Coney Island and stay in waterfront Brooklyn accommodation.
Getting To & Around Brooklyn
NYC is serviced by two major airports, John F. Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia (LGA), both of which are located in the adjacent borough of Queens. With a fleet of buses and a subway system stopping all over the five boroughs, you can easily see Brooklyn without NYC street traffic.
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