Brooklyn

Brooklyn Travel Guide

It’s never hard to find things to do in Brooklyn, it’s just difficult to figure out exactly what you want to do! Foodies will fall head-over-heels for Brooklyn’s culinary scene and should pay a visit to the Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg, held in Williamsburg every Saturday and in Fort Greene every Sunday during the late spring and summer, as well as its extension, Berg’n. The massive Crown Heights beer hall features a great draft list and food booths run by the Brooklyn Flea’s biggest stars like Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue and Ramen Burger.

As for sights and sounds, be sure to visit the massive Brooklyn Bridge Park, which not only offers wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline, but features great amenities of its own including a roller rink, a small beach and plenty of courts for the sportsmen and women among us. Meanwhile, artsy types will want to visit the neighborhood of Bushwick, which is home to dozens of local galleries like BogART, which hosts multiple galleries in a former factory, as well as the neighborhood around the Jefferson Street stop on the L subway line where gorgeous graffiti murals cover almost every wall.

And finally, those looking for things to do in Brooklyn won’t want to miss out on the great Prospect Park-adjacent neighborhoods of Park Slope, Gowanus, South Slope, Prospect Heights and Windsor Terrace. These kid-friendly neighborhoods feature all sorts of quirky shops and shopping experiences set on streets picturesque and charming enough to make any visitor want to pack up and move to NYC. Spend an afternoon strolling around before settling down at legendary local eateries like Franny’s and al di la. And if you have the energy at the end of what will surely be an exciting trip, spend a day in Vinegar Hill, a quiet waterfront neighborhood with cobblestone streets, and one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets. All at once the neighborhood is a taste of what Brooklyn used to be and what it is now and remains the perfect end to what will hopefully be a perfect visit.

This tiny bakery is locals’ go-to spot to for sweet and savory baked goods on the weekends. A buzzing group of bakers in blue work jumpsuits hum along to the likes of Fleetwood Mac while churning out flaky almond croissants and crusty baguettes, that can sell out by 10:30 a.m.

Located discreetly behind red metal gates in what at first glance appears to be a furniture shop, this beer bar has one of the neighborhood’s most extensive lists of craft beer on tap, in bottles and in a few casks that rotate out regularly.

Young parents from the playground across the street come to ogle Czech glassware and mod ceramic vases like kids at a candy store.

Looking for the ultimate ice cream sandwich? Look no further. This modest-size Polish bakery, in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, will slice a donut of your choice in half and stuff it with a generous scoop of ice cream.

With a mission to bridge the artistic heritage of world cultures, this 560,000-square-foot museum built in grand Beaux-Arts style houses a large, diverse collection of 1.5 million works that encompasses the world and stretches from antiquity to today, with special attention to ancient Egypt.

When you enter the Banquet you're likely to find the owners--dressmaker Miranda Bennett and accessories designer Pamela Johnston--hard at work. The duo, who met at Parsons, make almost everything you see, from the flirty silk dresses to the Frida Kahlo-style hairpieces.

Cozy bar, serious cocktails

A stroll along this span is an only-in-New York experience that provides an up-close sense of the city's true grandeur. It's hardly the world-record-setting suspension bridge it was when finished in 1883, but it has retained an iconic status.

Last season’s clothes are about half-price.

Opened in 2003, this furniture/home goods/design store/gallery serves mostly loft-dwelling New Yorkers and curious visitors.

Claiming the longest happy hour in Brooklyn (12–7 p.m.), this former 1930’s ice cream parlor just north of Prospect Park fills its cherry-red bar and leather stools with beer lovers, who come for the wide draught selection of craft beers like Sixpoint, Pinnacle, and Coney Island Lager.

Owner Linda Downey’s interior-design and clothing boutique is tactile heaven: Mongolian-lamb rugs, silk coverlets, hand-loomed striped blankets, and mohair throws.

In a borough littered with beautiful old buildings, these architectural-salvage specialists sell an impressive range of hard-to-find fixtures and hardware.

Husband-and-wife team Eva and Gentry Dayton added some motorcycle chic to this minimalist, gallery-like boutique.