The massive borough of Brooklyn has so many diverse neighborhoods and offerings that it’s hard to know where to start. The borough is home to a wide range of cultures and communities, and its history goes back for centuries.
Brooklyn played a part in the Revolutionary War era, but the borough really came into its own in the early 1800s. During this century, Brooklyn was incorporated as a city, and famous touchstones like Prospect Park, the Brooklyn-Academy of Music, the Brooklyn-Museum, and the Brooklyn-Bridge came to be. In the first years of the 20th century the Brooklyn Bridge was joined by the Williamsburg Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, a subway line, and the city’s first skyscraper. By that point, the borough was officially thriving—and it hasn’t stopped thriving since.
Today, there are countless fascinating neighborhoods to visit. Because it’s so big, even the most wide-ranging visit to the neighborhood might only scratch the surface. Brooklyn-Heights, one of the borough’s most historic areas, is known as America’s first suburb. You’ll want to stroll through the Brooklyn-Heights’ beautiful blocks before heading toward nearby Brooklyn-Bridge Park, where you’ll find lots of green space and stunning views of the bridge and the Manhattan skyline. Nearby is DUMBO, another neighborhood known for its breathtaking views, as well as for having some of the highest property values in New York City.
If you’re looking to mingle with the young and hip, check out Williamsburg and Bushwick. Williamsburg was one of the earliest launchpads for hipster culture. The neighborhood boasts fabulous shops, a creative scene, a popular brewery, and the beautiful Wythe Hotel. Bushwick is Wiliamsburg’s edgier cousin, with warehouses-turned-studios around every corner and world-renowned street art. Both of these neighborhoods offer great food, excellent thrift shopping, and lots of creative inspiration.
If cozy brownstones are more your thing, you’ll want to experience Park Slope and Fort Greene. Park Slope sits alongside the massive and much adored Prospect Park, which was designed by the same planner who created Central Park. When visiting the park, you can also check out the Museum and the Botanic Gardens.
Last but not least, there’s Coney Island, one of Brooklyn’s most famous destinations. It’s the perfect place to spend a summer day.
What To See In Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Brooklyn Brewery
- Prospect Park
- Prospect Park Zoo
- The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
- The Brooklyn Museum
- Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
- Brooklyn Academy of Music
- Coney Island
- New York Aquarium
- New York Transit Museum