The Best of Brooklyn A Neighborhood Guide

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Activities
Once a post for the Continental Army during the Revolut... Read More
Once a post for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, this 30-acre park at the edge of Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn is the original green space. Calvert Vaux & Frederick Law Olmstead, the designers for Central & Prospect Parks, had a hand in the development, which is home to off-leash areas, a monumental crypt, film screenings, music festivals, free yoga classes and more. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
Cecconi's
Manhattan skyline views and hand-made cannelloni distin... Read More
Manhattan skyline views and hand-made cannelloni distinguish this modern-day Italian restaurant, which opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2017. ... Read Less
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An unpretentious home of craft cocktails and a true nei... Read More
An unpretentious home of craft cocktails and a true neighborhood watering hole. In fact, the woman who opened LIB in 1951 still lives around the corner. Throughout it's long history, the place has been meticulously restored and reopened by the co-founder of underground restaurant Coach Peaches, and a T Magazine columnist. Today it’s one of Bon Appétit’s best five NY burgers. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
1 Hotel Rooftop
The optimal place for a tequila sunset. Serving up besp... Read More
The optimal place for a tequila sunset. Serving up bespoke cocktails and bites by Chef Michael Oliver, all alongside a plunge-worthy pool–the open-air rooftop bar offers unparalleled views of the downtown Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. ... Read Less
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1 Hotel
A trendy hotel with enviable rooftop views; perfect for... Read More
A trendy hotel with enviable rooftop views; perfect for a staycation or a morning coffee amongst indoor green walls and chic furnishings. ... Read Less
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Culture
Brooklyn Museum
Headed by the first female curator, the museum hosts ex... Read More
Headed by the first female curator, the museum hosts exhibits of everything from Auguste Rodin to Georgia O’Keefe; the pop-up shop Anger Management; and public programs for kids and adults including a queer fashion show, conversations with Caribbean writers, and evenings with a hip-hop music video director. ... Read Less
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Brooklyn Public Library
The fifth largest public library system in the United S... Read More
The fifth largest public library system in the United States and a beacon among civil institutions serves the borough's 2.6 million residents. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
Bar Tabac
A hip Parisian-style bistro popular for late-night bite... Read More
A hip Parisian-style bistro popular for late-night bites & brunch, this quintessential Boerum Hill mainstay also has live jazz performances four times a week to boot. ... Read Less
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Brooklyn Bridge Promenade
A 1,826-foot-long platform and pedestrian walkway, cant... Read More
A 1,826-foot-long platform and pedestrian walkway, cantilevered over Interstate 278 in Brooklyn Heights weaves in and out to soccer fields, a public pop-up pool, a climbing wall, and picnic tables with a view. ... Read Less
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
Set against a panoramic view of Manhattan, this famed D... Read More
Set against a panoramic view of Manhattan, this famed DUMBO promenade offers extensive bike paths and walk ways, twisting and turning along Brooklyn’s shore. With easy access to DUMBO’s top spots, the Promenade & Greenway make up Brooklyn’s invaluable backyard. ... Read Less
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Pier 1 Ferry
A competitively priced way to beat the underground comm... Read More
A competitively priced way to beat the underground commute. Thanks to New York’s recent investment in alternative public transportation, for just $2.75, ferries now whisk riders from DUMBO Pier 1 to Wall Street in just 5-7 minutes. On weekends, Governors Island is a wee 16 minute ride away. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
June
There are plenty of craft cocktail bars in Brooklyn, bu... Read More
There are plenty of craft cocktail bars in Brooklyn, but June is by far and away the most beautiful. Don’t be fooled by it’s summery name: June is a lush environment for any season whose interiors hit the brooding meeting point of Brooklyn and Paris. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
King's County Distillery
Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, King’s County is t... Read More
Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, King’s County is the first distillery to operate within the borders of New York City since the Prohibition era, producing corn whiskey and bourbon whiskey. At 0.6 miles from the Amberly, the Distillery is an easy 12-minute walk. ... Read Less
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Culture
St. Ann's Warehouse
For nearly 40 years, the borough’s best arts venue ha... Read More
For nearly 40 years, the borough’s best arts venue has been hosting everything from play premieres to Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for ’Drella. In 2015, St. Ann’s took residence in a former tobacco warehouse set in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge and has been hosting performances by everyone from Penny Arcade to the Puppet Labe ever since. ... Read Less
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Retail
BLACKBARN Shop
When it’s time to decorate your new apartment, this e... Read More
When it’s time to decorate your new apartment, this emporium offers distinctive finds curated by a husband-and-wife team from their worldwide travels. Inside you’ll find everything from rugs to commissioned art. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
Vinegar Hill House
With its salvaged decor setting and a garden, this rela... Read More
With its salvaged decor setting and a garden, this relaxed restaurant is a DUMBO staple. Located on an unassuming and historical part of the Brooklyn waterfront, guests can enjoy brunch or dinner in a tranquil garden under a large cherry tree. ... Read Less
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Retail
Mouth Indie Spirits
This shop features a collection of small batch indie sp... Read More
This shop features a collection of small batch indie spirits and wines featuring passionate store attendants who are happy to educate you on the season's best rosés and hot new local spirits. ... Read Less
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Retail
Modern Anthology
A boutique for the men in your life, Modern Anthology m... Read More
A boutique for the men in your life, Modern Anthology makes essentials for the modern lifestyle and showcases them at their DUMBO outpost. Saunter in for a peek at the company’s vintage furniture, home and personal accessories, and well-crafted clothing. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
One Girl Cookies
No, these are not Girl Scouts cookies: rather, One Girl... Read More
No, these are not Girl Scouts cookies: rather, One Girl serves up fresh baked sweets, made-to-order cakes and tarts, as well as granola and steaming cups of Joe as a neighborhood hot spot. ... Read Less
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Culture
Grand Army Plaza
A grand gateway to Prospect Park–featuring a massive ... Read More
A grand gateway to Prospect Park–featuring a massive triumphal arch–ushers visitors into Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park. A battleground in the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War fought after the U.S. Declaration of Independence, today the Plaza is also home to the John F. Kennedy Monument, statues of Civil War generals, busts of notable Brooklyn citizens, as well as two 12-sided gazebos. ... Read Less
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Prospect Park
Created by the mastermind behind Central Park, Prospect... Read More
Created by the mastermind behind Central Park, Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s quintessential green space and picnic spot. Within the 526 acres you’ll find a zoo, the Botanical Gardens, an ice rink, a carousel, and dozens of athletic pursuits. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
Gran Eléctrica
From hand-pressed heirloom corn tortillas to small-batc... Read More
From hand-pressed heirloom corn tortillas to small-batch mezcal, Gran Eléctrica touts its authentic Mexican heritage at every turn. Nestled beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, this market-driven restaurant puts a twist on traditional Mexican street fare. Plus, the art tells the story: the intimate restaurant covers its interiors with an homage to the Day of the Dead. ... Read Less
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Miansai
If you’re strolling down the waterfront, you may see ... Read More
If you’re strolling down the waterfront, you may see a tiny truck peddling well-designed watches in a pop-up mobile fashion. Attesting to the quality of each product, these meticulously-crafted pieces are all handmade by 30 different skilled artisans. ... Read Less
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Retail
Redbeard Bikes
This quirky bike shop sells bikes, offers custom fittin... Read More
This quirky bike shop sells bikes, offers custom fittings, has a saddle library (for $25 you can test a seat for a week), and leads regular rides. ... Read Less
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Jet Ski on the East River
Perfect for tours of the New York City highlights–but... Read More
Perfect for tours of the New York City highlights–but with horsepower. Get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty while ripping around on a jet ski. The Jetty Jumper’s 4-hour tour covers a lot of ground (or water), cruising by landmarks like Coney Island, Brooklyn Bridge, and Governor’s Island. ... Read Less
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Soho House’s latest development in the heart of DUMBO... Read More
Soho House’s latest development in the heart of DUMBO. Coming soon, DUMBO House will become the borough’s first outpost of the famed members-only club. A space for the “creative set” is nestled in the Brooklyn Bridge Park and takes over the top two floors of the building above Cecconi’s Restaurant. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
Clover Club
For an unpretentious yet premier cocktail bar where eac... Read More
For an unpretentious yet premier cocktail bar where each cocktail is crafted with incredible detail–like edible flower and herbs–go no farther than Cobble Hill. In the winter, warm yourself next to the fireplace with the eponymous Clover Club cocktail, and in the summer, order one of their tiki-style drinks. ... Read Less
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Culture
Brooklyn Historical Society
The Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library an... Read More
The Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library and educational center preserving the study of Brooklyn’s 400-year history. Check the calendar for a variety of events that BHS hosts from open-mic poetry nights to case studies on watersheds and waterways to the history of coffee in New York. ... Read Less
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Jane's Carousel
First opened in 1922, this recently restored classic ca... Read More
First opened in 1922, this recently restored classic carousel is a waterfront favorite for the young and old. If you’re under 42” you ride for free: otherwise, you’ll pony up $20 for 12 rides. ... Read Less
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DUMBO
One of the most sought-after neighborhoods to live, wor... Read More
One of the most sought-after neighborhoods to live, work, and play. Cobblestone streets and converted Brooklyn warehouse buildings are the backdrop for independent boutiques, high-end restaurants, and trendy cafes. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
Front General Store
There’s a lot to this little store on DUMBO’s Front... Read More
There’s a lot to this little store on DUMBO’s Front Street. You'll find highly curated vintage designer pieces, new housewares, hardware, handmade jewelry, and more. ... Read Less
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Shadowbox
Expect an intense full body workout with heavy bag work... Read More
Expect an intense full body workout with heavy bag work, cardio, and high-energy beats at this gym/boxing studio in DUMBO. You may just cancel your Equinox membership. ... Read Less
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Retail
Joya Studio
Located just outside the Navy Yard, this fragrance desi... Read More
Located just outside the Navy Yard, this fragrance design studio has designed and produced distinctive scented artifacts since 2006. True to their ethos of balance and beauty, they only use locally-sourced raw materials and sustainable packaging for ethical production practices. ... Read Less
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Culture
BAM
Originally an opera house, now a cultural institution f... Read More
Originally an opera house, now a cultural institution for Brooklyn. For more than 150 years, this multi-arts center has been engaging both global and local communities with programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and more. Not just limited to the established, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters, too. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
Juliana's
Pizza may be a point of contention among New Yorkers, b... Read More
Pizza may be a point of contention among New Yorkers, but everyone wants a slice of Juliana’s. This is pizza legend Patsy Grimaldi’s triumphant return to DUMBO, just a few numbers down from their namesake restaurant. ... Read Less
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Food & Drink
The River Cafe
Fine dining with even finer views of Manhattan. This DU... Read More
Fine dining with even finer views of Manhattan. This DUMBO institution just celebrated its 40th anniversary with a renovation and a reopening. The River Café is headed by Executive Chef Michael O’Keeffe, whose unwavering vision of New American cuisine attracts a worldwide audience. ... Read Less
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Culture
The Amberly
A generous residential tower inspired by the brownstone... Read More
A generous residential tower inspired by the brownstones of Brooklyn. ... Read Less