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Brooklyn | New York

Brooklyn is New York’s most populous neighborhood, with more than 2.6 million inhabitants. The name, Brooklyn, comes from the Dutch town of Breukelen. Brooklyn is influenced by all kinds of cultures and nationalities, such as the Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, Porto Rican, Jewish, Jamaican and many, many others.


Brooklyn seems a lot quieter and more relaxed than the busy streets of Manhattan, but that doesn’t mean that Brooklyn is boring! There is a lot to do in Brooklyn: spend the day at Brooklyn Bridge Park; visit the amusement park on Coney Island in summer, admire the Christmas decorations at Dyker Heights, see the Brooklyn Nets play at Barclay’s Center, shop in hip shops in Williamsburg and enjoy an incredible view of the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan.

Tours in Brooklyn

If you don’t feel like exploring Brooklyn on your own, then fortunately there are plenty of tours to choose from. If you have an adventurous mood, you can rent a bike and discover Brooklyn by bike. Do you want to see a lot right away? Then take a walking tour of Brooklyn past famous sights and neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. If you want to combine a tour with food, then the Brooklyn Pizza Tour is highly recommended. You will learn all kinds of things about Brooklyn and Coney Island and in between you can taste the most delicious New York pizzas. To get into higher spirits, take the Brooklyn Gospel Tour. You walk past beautiful “brownstone houses” in Brooklyn Heights, enjoy the view of Manhattan and end the tour with a live gospel performance through the choir that Grammy Awards won during the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle.

If you prefer to go to Brooklyn without a guide, there are more activities to choose from:

Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is the second largest museum in New York and contains a collection of one and a half million works. This collection includes American, European and Egyptian artworks and collections from Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. In 2008 the museum opened the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Some artists whose work can be found in the museum are Cézanne, Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Kandinsky and Rembrandt. If you want something to eat before or after your museum visit, try Barboncino, on 781 Franklin Avenue. Their brick oven pizzas are delicious and on weekends they serve a brunch to write home about.

Practical information
* Free entry with the New York Pass
* Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open on Thursdays until 10 p.m.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a magically beautiful place, where you can temporarily escape the “concrete jungle”. This city garden, which was founded in 1910, actually consists of many different gardens. The Cherry Esplanade is famous for its two hundred cherry trees. When they bloom, it is celebrated in a big way. The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden was the first Japanese garden to be created in an American park. It has a pond with koi carp, a Japanese temple, a Shinto altar and bonsai trees. In the Cranford Rose Garden you will be overwhelmed by nearly fourteen hundred different varieties of roses. The Children’s Garden is a communal garden where children from the neighborhood learn about plants and can grow on their own. The Fragrance Garden is also very special; a garden designed for the visually impaired and where everyone is invited to experience the plants in a new way. By touching, smelling or rubbing them. At the Yellow Magnolia Cafe you can relax and refuel with organic snacks.

Practical information
* Free entry with the New York Pass / Sightseeing Pass
* Opening times:
-March to October Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
-November to February Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

If you are traveling with children, it can be fun to spend a day at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. It is actually one large indoor playground full of play equipment designed for the little ones. There are sensory games for toddlers with water, sand and sound, play market stalls and pizzerias, giant lego stones, exhibitions about animals and sometimes you can even stroke a snake. It can be mega-busy, so be prepared. Kids can go wild here, while parents can relax with the idea that it is a safe environment.

Practical information:
* Free entry with the New York Pass
* Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Mondays

New York Transit Museum

If you want to learn more about NYC’s metro network and its history, the New York Transit Museum is a must. It is in a real metro station where you can see old metro sets, and see how they have changed over the years. Visual and interactive aspects make the exhibition interesting for everyone. You can buy the best souvenirs in the gift shop, and then head to the Shake Shack around the corner, where you can sample one of New York’s best burgers.

Practical information
* Free entry with the New York Pass
* Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

Sunset Park

Sunset Park is the place to feel the real “Hispanic vibe” in Brooklyn. It is a nice area to walk around during the day and experience something completely different than Manhattan. To get there, take metro D, N or R to 36th Street and walk towards Fifth Avenue. This is also an excellent place to have lunch – there are so many good restaurants here! Try Peruvian at Super Pollo or delicious chorizo tacos at Tacos Matamoros (4508 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn). Go to Sunset Park (the park with the same name as the neighborhood), sit in the grass and be amazed by the view over Manhattan (you even see the Statue of Liberty!). If you are not in a hurry, stay there to watch the sunset – it seems to be the most beautiful one there. And if you find it interesting: the beautiful, peaceful Green-Wood Cemetery is also nearby.



You may also find these neighborhoods interesting

  • Roosevelt Islans
  • Civic Center
  • Midtown Manhattan
  • Little Italy
  • Harlem
  • China Town
  • Theater District
  • Lower Manhattan & Financial District
  • Long Island
  • West Village
  • Hells Kitchen
  • Coney Island
  • Williamsburg
  • Lower East Side
  • Upper East Side
  • Upper West Side
  • SoHO
  • Governors Island
  • Meatpacking District
  • Green Village
  • East Village
  • TriBeCa

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