Hugely popular as a tourist destination, both for guests of locals and visitors to the Big Apple, Brooklyn, with a population of about two and a half million people, is big enough to be a city unto itself. What are the highlights to see, or to show visitors?
Find out about the basics: where to go and what to do in Brooklyn. And, for travelers:
The most talked about bridge in the United States, and certainly New York's most popular bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan's City Hall area with Brooklyn near the neighborhood known as DUMBO. Beautiful, often photographed, and offering an expansive view of the Manhattan skyline, NY Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, as well as other bridges, it's an icon of New York City.
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It's rare that a city gets a whole new park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park won't disappoint. It doubles as a beautiful site, a cultural venue, a sporting venue, and an environmental education center. And, of course, it's within a hop, skip and a jump of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO. Check out the Visitors Guide to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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About the Beach at Coney IslandConey Island is a world all it's own:
6. Coney Island
Coney Island, with its beach and boardwalk, rollercoasters and amusement park rides, rich history, funky June Mermaid Parade, and cocky attitude, is quinetessential Brooklyn. If you've been to Disney or Las Vegas, Coney is not that; it's the original, still raw, still curious, and still fun.
Visitors who want to walk the Brooklyn Bridge often have a wonderful time exploring the fabulous views of Manhattan, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and the Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor from the neighborhood called DUMBO.
Williamsburg is the epicenter of hip culture in Brooklyn. A sprawling neighborhood that's easily accessible by the L train from 14th Street in Manhattan, Williamsburg is served by several different subway stations, and is convenient to reach.
Known for indie music, late night restaurants, interesting, quirky and highly specialized bars, creativity and a youth culture, Williamsburg is simply not a place to miss. Long-standing Brooklynites will be amazed to discover how this once-dreary area has been rejuvenated, and visitors will have fun exploring the food, boutiques, and vibe in Williamsburg.
9. Red Hook
10. Park Slope
When people in New York City use the term, "stroller gridlock," it's often in reference to family-friendly Park Slope. This brownstone neighborhood near Prospect Park enjoys a lovely turn-of-the-century feel, thanks to the landmarking laws that have preserved much of its historic architecture. Visitors enjoy roaming the stores along Fifth and Seventh Avenues, eating in small, interesting restaurants, meeting locals in numerous bars. The neighborhood's proximity to Brooklyn's lovely Prospect Park, Botanic Gardens and Brooklyn Museum add to its appeal.
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