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Best of Brooklyn Guide

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It seems like most folks have a grandmother, great-uncle or some other distant relative that used to live in Brooklyn, or perhaps a friend that lives there now. In the early 1900s, it was a mecca for immigrants arriving via Ellis Island. A hundred years later, young professionals and artists left pricey Manhattan digs for Brooklyn's cheaper and more expansive space. Neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, which had fallen into disrepair over the years, were restored and reborn as funky enclaves. Walk or bike over the historic Brooklyn Bridge (or ride the subway) to Brooklyn Heights for a stroll along the Promenade and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Meander through Prospect Park and the... more It seems like most folks have a grandmother, great-uncle or some other distant relative that used to live in Brooklyn, or perhaps a friend that lives there now. In the early 1900s, it was a mecca for immigrants arriving via Ellis Island. A hundred years later, young professionals and artists left pricey Manhattan digs for Brooklyn's cheaper and more expansive space. Neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, which had fallen into disrepair over the years, were restored and reborn as funky enclaves. Walk or bike over the historic Brooklyn Bridge (or ride the subway) to Brooklyn Heights for a stroll along the Promenade and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Meander through Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for a taste of nature in the urban wilds. Catch a performance at the world-famous Brooklyn Academy of Music. From the delicious Italian restaurants of Bensonhurst to the Irish bars that line the avenues of Bay Ridge, from the hotdogs and rollercoasters of Coney Island to the bagels and handball courts of Greenpoint, Brooklyn is a state of mind as well as a dynamic community. Discover why, no matter where people move on to, they remain Brooklynites at heart. less

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Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Offering magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, this 1/3-mile-long sliver of green overlooks Brooklyn's busy industrial waterfront.
Attraction type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Owner description: Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge provides passage between Brooklyn and Manhattan for motorists, trains, bicycles and pedestrians. One of the primary symbols of New York City... more Owner description: Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge provides passage between Brooklyn and Manhattan for motorists, trains, bicycles and pedestrians. One of the primary symbols of New York City, it is a marvel of design and provides spectacular views of the city's skyline. less
Attraction type: Bridges
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Owner description: Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn has new ‘destination’ playgrounds, including a Water Lab to cool off in summer, Slide Mountain, Swing Valley and the baby friendly Sandbox... more Owner description: Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn has new ‘destination’ playgrounds, including a Water Lab to cool off in summer, Slide Mountain, Swing Valley and the baby friendly Sandbox Village. Jane’s Carousel, in a glass-enclosed pavilion, has restored horses from 1922. less
Attraction type: Parks
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Green-Wood Cemetery
Green-Wood Cemetery
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn Heights
Owner description: Relax on a bench to people watch, picnic or just take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline along this exclusively pedestrain walkway that is lined with grand... more Owner description: Relax on a bench to people watch, picnic or just take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline along this exclusively pedestrain walkway that is lined with grand historic townhouses and features a playground at Montague Street. less
Attraction type: Neighborhoods
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All places to eat » Places to eat

DeStefano's Steak House
DeStefano's Steak House
Ranked #1 of 4,425 restaurants in Brooklyn
Price: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
Oregano
Oregano
Ranked #2 of 4,425 restaurants in Brooklyn
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Juliana's Pizza
Juliana's Pizza
Ranked #3 of 4,425 restaurants in Brooklyn
Price: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Pizza
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
The River Cafe
The River Cafe
Ranked #4 of 4,425 restaurants in Brooklyn
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood, International, Fusion
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Michael's of Brooklyn
Ranked #5 of 4,425 restaurants in Brooklyn
Price: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

3B: The Downtown Brooklyn Bed and Breakfast
2.5 of 5
3B: The Downtown Brooklyn Bed and Breakfast
$49 - $179
Ranked #5 of 55 Brooklyn B&B and Inns
NY Moore Hostel
2.0 of 5
NY Moore Hostel
$89 - $186
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Yoav Lodgehouse
$25 - $35
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Blue Porch Bed and Breakfast
The Blue Porch Bed and Breakfast
$125 - $150
Ranked #1 of 55 Brooklyn B&B and Inns
Lefferts Manor Bed & Breakfast
3.0 of 5
Lefferts Manor Bed & Breakfast
$116 - $219
Ranked #3 of 55 Brooklyn B&B and Inns
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Akwaaba Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Akwaaba Mansion Bed & Breakfast
$160 - $175
Ranked #6 of 55 Brooklyn B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

McCarren Hotel & Pool, Chelsea Hotels
4.0 of 5
McCarren Hotel & Pool, Chelsea Hotels
$260 - $787
Ranked #20 of 51 hotels in Brooklyn
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Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel
4.0 of 5
Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel
$194 - $383
Ranked #21 of 51 hotels in Brooklyn
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Casablanca Hotel Times Square
4.0 of 5
Casablanca Hotel Times Square
$297 - $567
Ranked #1 of 452 hotels in New York City
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