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Tour of Brooklyn's Highlights

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Photo: Hugh Stewart and David Nicolas

The first thing you need to know about Brooklyn is that it is huge: New York’s most populous borough, home to nearly a third of its citizens. An independent Brooklyn would be the nation’s fourth-largest city. Brooklyn is a vast metropolis blessed and cursed to lie 500 yards from Manhattan. The second thing you need to know about Brooklyn is that it is small. Big in breadth and attitude, but intimate in the height of its buildings, the modesty of its storefronts, the compactness of its communities. Defined by the stoop, the bodega, the bocce or basketball court, Brooklyn has an enduring neighborhood-ness. Read the article

Inspired by: Brooklyn Bound — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Oct. 2006

Restaurants (23)

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    Zebulon

    Just west of Williamsburg’s main hipster drag of Bedford Avenue, this L-shaped bar and music venue blends left-bank Parisian and New York Bohemian

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    D.O.C., Brooklyn

    The atmosphere of this Sardinian enoteca in downtown Williamsburg breathes cozy, old-world rusticity with aged hardwood floors, woodblock tables, b

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    Brooklyn Social

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    Bar Tabac

    Although this bar in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood does not actually sell tobacco, its spirit draws from the iconic shops, kiosks, and annexe

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    Thanh Da II

    This tiny Vietnamese sandwich shop in Sunset Park may appear somewhat disheveled and ramshackled, but its cheap, delicious sandwiches account for t

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    Tanoreen

    Forced to move to a larger space in Bay Ridge to accommodate its growing popularity, this Mediterranean-style Middle Eastern restaurant run by Rawi

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    Sette Enoteca E Cucina

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    St. Helen Café

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    Peter Luger Steakhouse

    Peter Luger lets the steaks speak for themselves, and it works: the chain, including this tavern-like Williamsburg location, is consistently voted

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    Marlow & Sons

    This intimate and super-casual restaurant near the Williamsburg Bridge serves only one or two varieties a night, but the oysters are exceptionally

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    The Good Fork

    Run by Korean-born chef Sohui Kim, The Good Fork serves up Asian-inspired dishes for dinner and a weekend brunch. This Red Hook restaurant's interi

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    Dressler

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    Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

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    Blue Ribbon Sushi

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    Blue Ribbon Brooklyn

    Beginning in a small corner restaurant in SoHo, this brainchild of brother-chefs Bruce and Eric Bromberg has expanded throughout the city including

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Activities (24)

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    Red Hook Soccer Fields

    13 vendors sell Honduran tacos, Mexican huaraches, Ecuadoran ceviche, and other delicious treats to spectators and players alike (a semi-pro league

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    Williamsburg Gallery Association

    The association is an excellent resource for planning gallery tours.

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    Brooklyn Historical Society

    The Brooklyn Historical Society has informative neighborhood guides.

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    MCU Park

    Built in 2001 as part of the revitalization effort of Coney Island, this 7,500-seat stadium next to the ocean serves many purposes beyond hosting t

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    Brooklyn Museum of Art

    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, d

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    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, followed by a walk through adjacent Prospect Park, the, well, second-greatest gre

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    Sleep

    A sumptuous bed in the store's window is strewn with high-end lingerie (Cosabella, Eberjey, Leigh Bantivoglio) - perhaps the place should be called

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    Otte

    Once you get past the staff⤙s haughty (decidedly non-Brooklyn) attitude, you'll find racks upon racks of flirty Vanessa Bruno, Ulla Johnson, and

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    Moon River Chattel

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

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    Matter

    The housewares here range from kitschy items like Piet Houtenbos's infamous grenade lamp to diminutive, high-concept products from other esteemed d

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    Golden Calf

    The Chinese and American antiques are unexpectedly high-quality for such a low-fi setting: the gritty margins of Williamsburg. Owner Natalie Vichne

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    Environment 337

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

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    Darr

    Taxidermied heads of South African Cape buffalo and other animals hang on the walls, before an intriguing array of antiques and found objects (Vict

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    Butter, Brooklyn

    An airy showcase for top fashion names such as Dries van Noten and Rick Owens. The shoe selection alone (Henry Beguelin, Ann Demeulemeester) inspir

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    Brooklyn Flat

    An outpost for whimsical, funky design. Ceramic salt-and-pepper shakers in the shape of chicken feet share space with silk-screened pillows by a lo

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