The last ten years have seen Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, transformed into one of the most talked-about locales in the world and deservedly so. Travel to Brooklyn and see why the borough continues to be a hotbed of culture, art, music and food and why its residents are so proud to live there. Gastronomes will find some of the city’s best eateries and bars eagerly serving up a mixture of diverse fare while dozens of homespun galleries and music venues showcase the works of Brooklyn’s many creatives. Brooklyn travel is also filled to the brim with amazing sites like the incomparable Brooklyn Bridge and picturesque green spaces like McCarren and Prospect Parks, which are a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visit Brooklyn to discover a borough that is home to a diverse set of neighborhoods and ethnic enclaves, each with its own distinct personality. Use Travel + Leisure’s Brooklyn travel guide and see why this classic New York City borough is a destination in its own right.
Things Not to Miss in Brooklyn
• Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and spend the day exploring the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO
• Go for a picnic in Prospect Park, created in 1867, and visit surrounding neighborhoods like Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Prospect Heights
• Get authentic Polish food in Greenpoint or indulge in all things West Indian in Crown Heights
• Pay a visit to the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Historical Society and local cemeteries like Greenwood and Evergreen
• Stroll down Bedford, Berry and Wythe Avenues, the main drags of Williamsburg
• Spend the day exploring the post-industrial neighborhoods of Red Hook and Gowanus
• Admire Brooklyn's fabled brownstones in the Cobble Hill neighborhood
• Eat to your heart’s content at the Brooklyn Flea
• Explore the best of hip Brooklyn in East Williamsburg and Bushwick
• Drink up at local breweries like Brooklyn Brewery, Other Half, Dirck The Norseman and nearby Transmitter Brewery
When to Go to Brooklyn
Like the rest of New York City, Brooklyn experiences warm-to-hot summers and cold, sometimes frigid winters. The city’s position between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean 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.