Brooklyn
Travel Guide

Brooklyn, New York City 

Introduction 

 
 

Brooklyn is geographically situated on the western end of Long Island and across the East River from Manhattan Island. Brooklyn is the most populous among New York City’s five boroughs with 2.6 million people (2012) living in an area measuring just 71 sq. miles (183 sq. kilometers). If Brooklyn were a city on its own and not part of New York City, it would be among the top ten largest cities in the United States.

 
 

Diversity of Communities
Several ethnic communities reside in Brooklyn with many living within their own neighborhoods. Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst are homes for many Italian Americans while Brighton Beach is home for many Russians and other East Europeans. Another neighborhood is Borough Park with one of the largest Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel. Other communities living in Brooklyn include Hispanics, African Americans, Chinese, and Middle Eastern. However, many of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are gradually becoming more multi-ethnic from gentrification and arrival of new residents.

Downtown Brooklyn (New York City)

Downtown Brooklyn by Kenneth Lu

See & Do
Downtown Brooklyn is the heart of Brooklyn, being the borough's commercial and business district.
The office of the borough's president is also located in Downtown Brooklyn, housed in the mid-19th century Borough Hall and is the oldest building in Brooklyn. A popular shopping destination here is the Fulton Street Mall, home to more than 230 stores including department stores. Another district is DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), a residential neighborhood as well as premier art destination located nearby Downtown Brooklyn.

A popular destination in Brooklyn is Coney Island (actually a peninsular), a residential neighborhood as well as major beach resort offering several amusement rides. Coney Island is the home of the New York Aquarium, which is one of the oldest aquariums in the United States. Nearby Coney Island is the neighborhood of Brighton Beach, home to a large community of Russians and other East Europeans including Ukrainians, Polish, Georgians, and Armenians. Brighton Beach has a distinct East European character and often referred by the locals as "Little Odessa".

Coney Island, Brooklyn (New York City)

Coney Island Boardwalk by Wally Gobetz

Though Brooklyn may not be in the same limelight as Manhattan when it comes to museums, the borough has several interesting museums worth mentioning. Among the well-known museums in Brooklyn is the New York Transit Museum situated in the unused Court Street subway station. The museum has a collection of historical artifacts from New York City's public transport system. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is certainly worth a visit with its scenic gardens and plant collections. The highlight is the Japanese Garden, beautifully landscaped and complemented with an oriental pond and winding paths.

Getting Around Brooklyn
New York City’s yellow cabs are available in Brooklyn but not as many compared to Manhattan and an alternative is to call for a livery cab. The best way to get around Brooklyn is to use New York City’s efficient public transport system of buses and subway trains, extensively covering Brooklyn. There are altogether 18 subway lines passing through or terminating their routes in Brooklyn. The Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street and Borough Hall-Court Street Stations are the main subway stations serving several subway lines in the borough.

Atlantic Avenue Station in Brooklyn (New York City)

Atlantic Avenue Station in Brooklyn by Pacific Coast Highway

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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