Brooklyn is the largest borough in New York City by population, so it makes sense that the area would be filled with plenty of things to do. All tastes are accommodated here, with museums, shops, nightclubs and parks abound.
Take photos of New York’s skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge
Make your way to New York City’s most populous borough by walking the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights. Give yourself a full hour so that you have plenty of time to enjoy the skylines of both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Sitting at the edge of Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum is focused on helping visitors expand their understanding of the world. The museum is always hosting exciting new works of art, but it really shines in its permanent collection, which features pieces such as The Dinner Party(1979) by Judy Chicago.
While hanging out at a cemetery might seem dark, Green-Wood is full of activities for guests, including ghostly storytellings and tours of famous graves, like those of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and politician Boss Tweed. In a city where green space is scarce, Green-Wood Cemetery has become a quiet sanctuary.
This theater’s name denotes a focus on music, but it is so much more than that. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) also hosts film, opera and even performance art. BAM offers multiple shows a day, so you are sure to find something to fit your interests.
If you are looking for a great primer for the history of the borough, start at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The exhibits are informative and entertaining, with some focusing on more unusual themes. Past exhibits have included Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront(2017), Brooklyn Americans: Hockey’s Forgotten Promise(2015-2016) and Gaining Access: The New York City Disability Rights Movement(2015).
A popular summer destination, Coney Island offers thrilling rollercoasters, sandy beaches and fun places to grab a snack, such as hotdog eatery Nathan’s Famous and Mexican restaurant Doña Zita. There are even fireworks every Friday night throughout the summer.
From March to November, check out Brooklyn Flea for vintage finds and crafts from local artisans. Window-shop through stalls of furniture, collectables, jewelry and crafts. You can even pick up some tasty bites from the food vendors as you walk around.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the perfect way to get lost amid nature while never leaving the city. The gardens are open year round, as their greenhouses allow them to keep lush tropical vegetation and arid desert cacti alive in the New York climate.
The New York Transit Museum has preserved and shared stories of public transport in the city since 1976. It houses everything from vintage train cars to reconstructed subway platforms, and is meticulous in its attention to detail. If you are visiting during the festive season, look out for the Holiday Nostalgia Rides, which bring old subway cars back into use.
Dress to impress with threads from L Train Vintage
Bushwick is home to some warehouse-size thrift stores, and L Train Vintage is one of the best. With multiple locations throughout the borough, L Train Vintage will have you looking like a true Brooklynite in no time.
House of Yes proudly proclaims that “weird is wonderful,” and it shows. Fridays and Saturdays are themed nights, and you can’t get in unless you are dressed appropriately – and the flashier the better. This party hub is the perfect place to let your freak flag fly.