Brooklyn is fast becoming one of NYC trendiest and most popular hangouts among locals and tourists alike. Whether you want to peruse vintage shops or enjoy live music in Williamsburg, let loose at the amusement park on Coney Island, or stroll along the peaceful streets of Brooklyn Heights, there’s something for everyone here.
In Brooklyn you’ll never struggle to find something exciting to do. There are many wonderful visitor attractions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the city’s third largest art museum, which is home to over 1.5 millions works; the Powerhouse Arena, a bookstore and event space that has hosted readings by authors such as Salman Rushdie; and of course the famous Brooklyn Bridge, an iconic NYC landmark connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan.
There are also plenty of places in Brooklyn to get outside, immerse yourself in nature and enjoy beautiful views. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to escape the bustle of city life. Located in the Prospect Park neighbourhood, the 52-acre garden is home to over 10,000 types of beautiful plants including the gorgeous pink cherry trees on Cherry Esplanade, Cherry Walk and in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden among other areas. Alternatively, take a ride on the famous Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Built in 1922, this iconic feature of Brooklyn is open year-round and has a great view of the city’s skyline.
Brooklyn is also home to some of the best food in NYC, including Ferdinando’s Focacceria, a Sicilian-style street food restaurant offering delicious panelled sandwiches among other amazing Sicilian treats. Pizza-lovers should head to Totonno’s, an old school pizza joint in Coney Island, while those looking for a romantic dinner spot should check out River Café, a charming restaurant under the Brooklyn Bridge with spectacular views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty. For sweet treats try Junior’s where you’ll find the most talked-about cheesecake in New York; Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, a treasured gem in Brooklyn since the 1950s; and Dough, which makes the fluffiest and most delicious donuts you’ll ever find!
Brooklyn is not a place to be missed on your next visit to the Big Apple. There really is something for everyone in this diverse and vibrant borough. If you’re staying in Manhattan either walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or take the East River Ferry from Midtown to Brooklyn Bridge Park. However you get there, be sure to add Brooklyn to your itinerary!