Accessed from Lower Manhattan via the impressive Brooklyn Bridge, modern-day Brooklyn offers a slower-paced neighborhood oozing with casual cool and boasting plenty of boutique cafes and shops, trendy bars and quirky street art.
Taking in sweeping views of the East River and Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights offers a peaceful respite to the business of the boroughs across the bridge and is filled with historic brownstone buildings and an aura of classic charm. The Heights’ neighbor, Dumbo is also a popular favorite amongst hip Manhattanites who flock to Brooklyn for its exceptional dining and recreation. Williamsburg retains its hipster vibe, with live music emanating out the front doors of bars, independent distilleries and food vendors lining the riverfront under the summer sun. Though most first time visitors to New York City will only include a few hours to explore the borough of Brooklyn, there’s so much to do and see here, we think you’ll just have to go back and experience it properly.