Brooklyn is huge! And contrary to popular beliefs this borough is not just all about artists and hipsters. Like many parts of New York City, Brooklyn is very diverse and culturally vibrant. While Manhattan gets the most attention, people tend to forget that right across the East River is a very exciting world of its own.
Although more and more people are now going to Brooklyn when visiting NYC, it’s still far from being a tourist hub. If you want to be ahead of the curve on this one, you can experience Brooklyn now in a whole new way with Harlem Spirituals – NY Visions’ tours. Besides, Brooklyn is home to many trendy spots, charming neighborhoods, some of the finest landmarks and attractions in NYC, and even the hippest New Yorkers; All of which are covered in both our Brooklyn Walking tour with an all day Ferry Pass and on the BBQ & BBQ – Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens Tour with BBQ Lunch.
Without further ado, here is a quick tour of the five (5) must-see neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
1. Park Slope
If you already have plans to go to Brooklyn, be sure to not miss this area because this residential neighborhood with its charming tree-lined streets and brownstones is perfect the perfect scenery for a nice walk. Other reasons to see Park Slope include all the cute boutiques, parks, concert venues, bookstores, historic landmarks, and beautiful architecture of course! Park Slope is also notably very child-friendly. Sure, there are strollers and a lot of vintage shops, but that’s all part of what makes it so special. Some of the hotspots in this area are Union Hall, the popular bar with bocce courts, the Barclays Center, and The Bell House.
As the neighborhood right of the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO spreads only about 20 blocks. But, this tiny cobble-stoned area under the Manhattan Bridge has gone from an “artists only” territory to an exciting hub for everyone. Our Brooklyn walking tour is especially fantastic when it comes to checking out all that DUMBO has to offer because nearly every block in this neighborhood offers something captivating to see and they are all within walking distance! It’s also in Dumbo where you can find popular sites such as The River Café, Superfine, Pianos lounge, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the famous Jane’s Carrousel, Rockwood Music Hall (which made our list of top NYC nightlife spots), St. Ann’s Warehouse, and arguably two of the best pizzerias in Brooklyn: Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s.
This neighborhood is not just home to a prospering art community. It’s also a hub where anyone can enjoy a slice of authentic Neapolitean brick oven thin crust pizza accompanied with a freshly made cannoli for dessert. Besides being a pop-culture darling, Williamsburg also host Smorgasburg, a food festival that is made up of local vendors who set up their shops weekly in East River State Park. Other notable places that you should also check out after taking a tour of this neighborhood is the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Winery, Union Pool, Brooklyn Bowl, and the Knitting Factory (which is definitely not a place where you knit).
4. Brooklyn Heights
As the country’s very first suburb with distinctive brownstones, Brooklyn Heights also claim a promenade where you can catch a sight of the best view of Manhattan’s skyline from Brooklyn. Considering the fact that all of Brooklyn Heights has been officially labeled as a historic district, there is a lot of interesting Brooklyn Heights factoids that you can learn of on our tours in Brooklyn.
5. Downtown Brooklyn
If there is one word that would perfectly describe Downtown Brooklyn it is transformation. This Brooklyn neighborhood, known for being the 3rd largest business district in the city, is now boasting with a mounting list of residential buildings and is also rapidly becoming a lively 24/7 hub. This part of Brooklyn claims many cultural offerings such as the Brooklyn Museum, BLDG 92, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and for history buffs, the Brooklyn Historical Society. Asides from the ever-growing list of new restaurants, Junior’s (cheesecake & desserts), a shrine to the old Brooklyn, is also still located here.
Despite everyone having an opinion on Brooklyn, it’s truly a diverse and incredible place to visit. Furthermore, there’s a whole world of awesomeness waiting for you right across the River if you know where to go. Whether you are in the Big Apple on a short stay or live in New York City, but haven’t gotten the time to explore Brooklyn, book a tour today to get to know this borough a little bit more. Did we leave out a neighborhood you were hoping to see on this list? Share it with us in the comments below!