Williamsburg – A neighborhood where hipster youth culture lives side by side with a large community of Hasidic Jews. Williamsburg offers indie music performances, gallery shows and shops run by local artisans. It is known as one of the city’s most exciting areas for nightlife.
DUMBO – This hip area known as Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is filled with quaint cobblestone streets, boutiques, art spaces, and amazing Manhattan views. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a great spot to relax and view the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River.
Carroll Gardens – This neighborhood retains its original Italian-American charm. Specialty restaurants and boutiques share the streets with old-style bakeries, butcher shops, stately brownstones and charming churches. You can also see the well maintained gardens of the local homes which give the area its name.
Greenpoint – Known for its large Polish population, Greenpoint is filled with family-run corner stores, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. which is a combo seafood market and raw bar. Another neighborhood institution is Lomzynianka, a cash-only restaurant renowned for its inexpensive borscht and kielbasa.
Brooklyn Heights – Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood has old world charm. It is filled with varied architecture, mom and pop shops and restaurants. Here you can walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for spectacular views of downtown Manhattan, the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The Promenade is lined with grand town houses and mansions, and is part of Brooklyn’s first Historic Preservation District.
Bay Ridge – Waterfront parks and stunning views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge set the scene for the architectural charms of Bay Ridge‘s residential streets and its diverse restaurants. The area gained fame as the setting for Saturday Night Fever. Here you will find the historic military outpost Fort Hamilton as well as the 69th Street Pier where local fishermen gather.
Park Slope – This family friendly neighborhood is filled with historic streets, beautiful brownstone buildings, specialty shops and restaurants. Park Slope is adjacent to Prospect Park and is often listed among one of New York City’s best neighborhoods. The area is filled with coffee shops, restaurants and plenty of independent business owners.
Fort Greene – Fort Greene’s brownstone-lined streets lead to stellar restaurants. Locals walk and play tennis in hilly Fort Greene Park and shop at the Saturday farmers’ market. The neighborhood is a cultural center too, with arts venues like BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Center and BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Bushwick – This once gritty neighborhood is now known for street art, avant-garde galleries and nightlife. Located next to Williamsburg, the area is quickly gaining a name for itself as the new hipster hub. Here you will find art galleries, boutiques, plenty of unique restaurants and some of New York’s best pizza.
Brighton Beach – Often referred to as Little Odessa, a reference to the Ukrainian city from which many of its residents hail, the Brooklyn neighborhood is known for its tight-knit Russian-speaking community. The streets here are filled with colorful shops, food emporiums and restaurants. Make sure to visit the beach and the boardwalk.
Coney Island – This legendary beach community is steeped in New York history. Today it is known for its fabulous boardwalk, amusement park rides, Brooklyn Cyclones baseball, Nathan’s hot dogs and of course the 1927 roller coaster known as The Cyclone.
Red Hook – This artsy waterfront neighborhood is up and coming with many new restaurants and bars. It offers fantastic views of lower Manhattan. The best way to reach Red Hook is with the New York Water Taxi which runs free ferry rides from Lower Manhattan. Be sure to visit Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier for one of the best views of the Statue of Liberty without stepping foot off dry land,
Bedford-Stuyvesant – This diverse neighborhood is filled with row houses and brownstones. The area has long been an African and Caribbean-American enclave, and in recent years has become representative of Brooklyn-style gentrification. Trinidadian fast food shops operate alongside new trendy restaurants.
Cobble Hill– This is an area perfect for leisurely strolling. The neighborhood is filled with brownstones and redbrick row houses dating back to the 19th century. There are also many cozy cafés and boutiques. Cobble Hill has a vibrant Italian and French populations—you can still see longtime residents playing bocce, and the bars, streets and restaurants fill with revelers for Bastille Day celebrations.
Sunset Park – Home to Brooklyn’s Chinatown, multi-ethnic Sunset Park also has a rapidly developing waterfront. The area is also home to the beautiful grounds of Green-Wood Cemetery, Revolutionary War history and real-life chocolate factories in Industry City.
Green-Wood Cemetery – Once a Revolutionary War battlefield, this sprawling 478-acre cemetery is the final resting place of notable figures such as artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, conductor Leonard Bernstein, founder and editor of the New York Tribune Horace Greeley and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn Bridge Park draws thousands of visitors each week who come for the awe-inspiring views of Manhattan and idyllic picnic spots along the waterfront. The park is also the site of special events year round. Take the kids for a ride on Jane’s Carousel. This beautiful antique carousel was built in 1922.