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.
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.
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.
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