New York City - Brooklyn Travel Guide

New York City - Brooklyn Travel Guide

Getty Images

In the past two decades, Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, has transformed into one of the most-talked-about places in the world. It’s... Read More

In the past two decades, Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, has transformed into one of the most-talked-about places in the world. It’s a hotbed of culture, art, music, and food—and it’s no surprise that its residents are proud to live there. Gastronomes will find some of the city’s best bars and restaurants scattered throughout the borough, while dozens of art galleries and music venues showcase the works of Brooklyn’s many creatives. Sites like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Botanical Garden, as well as McCarren and Prospect parks, regularly draw natives and newcomers. Home to a dynamic set of neighborhoods and ethnic enclaves, it’s hard to visit this borough and not fall in love with its lively and eclectic atmosphere. Use Travel + Leisure’s Brooklyn travel guide and see why this New York City borough is a destination in its own right.

Read Less

Visit Brooklyn

Best Time To Go

Like the rest of New York City, Brooklyn experiences warm-to-hot summers and cold, sometimes frigid winters. The city’s position near the coast does spare it from bearing the full brunt of cold snaps. Still, Brooklyn experiences a well-defined winter season, with temperatures taking a dive in early November and staying in the 30s and 40s well into early April. With that in mind, visitors should plan their trip to Brooklyn in early summer, between May and early July, or early fall, between late August and September, when the weather is most agreeable and visitors can leave heavy winter coats and scarves back at home.

Transportation

New York City’s public-transit system is the easiest way to get around quickly. A single MetroCard ride (good for all subway and bus routes, plus access in and out of New Jersey on the efficient PATH train) costs $2.75; a seven-day unlimited MetroCard costs $32.

Weather

January is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 36°F (2.2°C). July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 83°F (28.9°C).

Know Before You Go

Most visitors to Brooklyn spend much of their time in the restaurant- and shop-packed Williamsburg—it’s easily accessed from Manhattan and where most of the upscale hotels are clustered. In the summer, travelers should venture out to some of the borough’s fantastic outdoor activities and festivals, like the West Indian Parade in Crown Heights, the Afropunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, or the free concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Language

English

Electric

Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency

United States Dollar ($)

Advertisement
Advertisement