Brooklyn Quick Guide
Brooklyn is the most populous of the five boroughs of New York City, and some might argue, the most culturally renowned. Brooklyn is home to venerable cultural sites that include the Brooklyn Museum - one of the largest in the United States - and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), an arts education and performance venue and a famous Brooklyn institution since 1861.
If you're new to Brooklyn, or have visitors in town and want to give them a taste of the borough's diverse offerings, pick up a two-day Brooklyn Pass to gain entry into some of the area's most popular attractions, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The New York Aquarium and the Prospect Park Zoo.
The Brooklyn Borough Hall is located at 209 Joralemon Street. The Community Service Center operates from that location and provides Brooklyn residents with access to assistance with many city services. The CSC can also be contacted by phone by calling (718) 802-3777.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map driving directions to and from popular Brooklyn neighborhoods including Flatbush, Park Slope and Historic Williamsburg.
Making Brooklyn Your Home
Brooklyn Shopping and Services
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Where to Go in Brooklyn
Brooklyn may well be a microcosm of the City of New York, but in many ways it stands alone as a unique blend of everything from cultures to cuisine. From the eclectic art scene of Williamsburg to the north, to the granddaddy of amusement parks - Coney Island - to the south, Brooklyn has something for everyone.
Just as important as deciding where to go in Brooklyn is choosing how to get there. Like all the boroughs, Brooklyn is served by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its mass transit system of buses and subways, but you can also take a water taxi to and from Brooklyn to popular destinations that include Schaefer's Landing in Williamsburg, or take a Harbor Tour along the East River for views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
Brooklyn has a vibrant dining and nightlife scene of its own, and with its proximity to Manhattan, the possibilities for where to go might only be limited by the amount of time you have to take it all in.
Things to Do in Brooklyn
Brooklyn's beautiful brownstones are legendary, and the best way to see them is by foot on a self-guided or organized walking tour, especially through neighborhoods that include Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene and Park Slope.
If your tour ends in the Fort Greene area, be sure to check out the natural beauty of nearby Prospect Park, considered by many to be just as beautiful as Manhattan's Central Park, also designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
While you're in Prospect Park, tour the Lefferts Historic House; visit the Audubon Center at the Boathouse, or simply enjoy the day biking, horseback riding or walking your dog.
Popular Brooklyn Attractions
- Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
- Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art
- New York Aquarium
- Williamsburg Art and Historical Center