Travel Guide

Brooklyn, New York City 



Brooklyn definitely does not share the same reputation as Manhattan as an entertainment center in New York City. There are places for entertainment in Brooklyn but there is no glitzy entertainment district like Manhattan's Times Square. However, entertainment in Brooklyn can be just as entertaining and at a much lesser cost than in Manhattan.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Downtown Brooklyn has been around for more than 100 years and a leading performing arts center in Brooklyn. The Howard Gilman Opera House and Harvey Theater at BAM are venues for several plays, musicals, and cultural performances. St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood opened in 1980 and is well-regarded for its innovative and experimental works. Another is the Billie Holiday Theater in Bedford-Stuyvesant, known for its quality productions and launching the careers of many talented actors and actresses.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City

 Brooklyn Academy of Music by The Grotto

Music Venues
The Brooklyn Academy of Music and St. Ann's Warehouse are also major music venues in Brooklyn. The venues are host to varieties of music including rock, jazz, blues, R&B, and hip-hop performed by musicians and groups from the indie music scene to famous personalities. Other music venues in Brooklyn include the Music Hall of Willamsburg and the various music clubs. Among the well-known music clubs in the borough are Union Hall, Bell House, and Brooklyn Bowl.

The National at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City

The National at the Brooklyn Academy of Music by Kenny Chung

Movies & Cinemas
There is practically a cinema in every neighborhood of Brooklyn offering a diversity of releases including blockbuster movies, independent, classics, and foreign films. Independent cinemas are the main venues for watching independent, classics, and foreign films though many do show blockbuster releases. Brooklyn is also home to several film festivals including the Brooklyn International Film Festival held in June each year. Held at various cinemas in the borough, the festival screens independent films from the United States and around the world.

Pavilion Theater in Brooklyn, New York City

Pavilion Theater in Brooklyn by Aaron Williamson


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