Travel Guide

Brooklyn, New York City 


If you are staying in or traveling from Manhattan, you can conveniently get to many of the major destinations in Brooklyn by taking the subway trains. Several subway lines traveling south from the Midtown and Downtown areas of Manhattan end their journey or pass through stations in Brooklyn. The Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street and Borough Hall-Court Street Stations are the main subway stations in Brooklyn and transfer point for several subway lines.

Downtown Brooklyn
Downtown Brooklyn is a major destination in Brooklyn for many tourists visiting the borough. Besides taking a train from stations in Manhattan, a popular alternative is to walk across the 5,989 feet (1,825 meters) Brooklyn Bridge from Downtown Manhattan to Downtown Brooklyn. A prominent landmark is this part of Brooklyn is Borough Hall, constructed in 1849 and today houses the office of Brooklyn's Borough President. Other landmark buildings include the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower built in 1927 and the 19th century Federal Building and Post Office, which is now a courthouse.
Borough Hall in Brooklyn, New York City

 Borough Hall in Brooklyn by Ed Meskens

DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a waterfront neighborhood situated along the East River and shares a border with Downtown Brooklyn. From the pier at the Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO, the New York Water Taxi operates a commuter and cruise service along the East and Hudson Rivers. When in DUMBO, take the opportunity to visit Jacques Torres Chocolate at Water Street. You can purchase fine quality chocolates here as well watch the process of making chocolates.

The Beach
The southern edge of Brooklyn offers long stretches of wide sandy beaches, which for most parts are well maintained and clean. The beach at Coney Island is a popular destination for many New Yorkers but tends to get crowded during the summer months. Attractions at Coney Island include the amusement rides, New York Aquarium, and the minor league baseball MCU Park. The beach in the neighborhood of Brighton Beach is an extension and just a short walk from the beach at Coney Island. Another is Manhattan Beach, a small sandy stretch but certainly a less crowded beach in Brooklyn.

New York Aquarium, Brooklyn (New York City)

New York Aquarium by David Shankbone

Historic Neighborhoods
Besides the landmark buildings, there are several designated historic districts in Brooklyn. Among the most prominent is the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, comprising much of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. This is a residential neighborhood occupied by elegantly constructed 19th century buildings. Another is the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District occupied by 19th century brownstone townhouses. The Prospect Heights Historic District is a multi-ethnic neighborhood occupied by many buildings constructed from the mid-19th to early 20th century.

Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, New York City

Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights by Aude


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