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Brooklyn, NY borough guide

Brooklyn, NY may seem like a foreign land if you never leave Manhattan—here's why you should check the borough out

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Time Out New York editors
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Brooklyn, NY (also known as Kings County) has a long and storied history. For the folks who never leave Manhattan, the borough may seem like a foreign land (and, oh, it is vast). If Brooklyn were its own city like it used to be, it would be the third-most populous one in the country. However, the area is definitely worth discovering for it is the home of iconic New York attractions like Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Park, plus some of the best New York pizza. Read on for our favorite things to do in Brooklyn as well as where to eat, drink and party.

Things to do in Brooklyn

The best bars in Brooklyn

The best bars in Brooklyn

The best Brooklyn bars can be found in Crown Heights, Red Hook, and, yes, okay, Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint, too. 

The best brunch in Brooklyn

The best brunch in Brooklyn

On the hunt for the best brunch in Brooklyn? Feast on pancakes, eggs and more at these first-rate brunch spots.

Brooklyn by neighborhood

Bushwick

Bushwick

It’s certainly an artistic and talented community.

Greenpoint

Greenpoint

It is not as flashy as other nearby Brooklyn nabes—it has a quiet cool. 

Coney Island

Coney Island

The city's playground has been the center of seaside amusement since before the turn of the 20th century.

Park Slope

Park Slope

It's so much more than a family-friendly neighborhood.

Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights

The Old-Brooklyn neighborhood is beloved for its cutesy mom-and-pop shops and a flourishing dining and drinking scene that lines Vanderbilt Avenue.

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Big hitters like Notorious B.I.G., Aaliyah and Tracy Morgan hail from here but it is also the heart of Brooklyn's civil rights efforts.

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

The ’Burg always offers a good reason to cross the East River and check out its delights.

Dumbo

Dumbo

Just across the Brooklyn Bridge, this charming nabe offers sweeping waterfront views of Manhattan—and so much more

Gowanus

Gowanus

Our favorite places to eat, listen to music, see a burlesque show and play shuffleboard in this quirky industrial nabe