Brooklyn is one of the most densely populated counties in the United States. With so much to see and do, I’ve narrowed it down to three neighborhoods to check out.
Brooklyn is accessible from Manhattan by car, subway and ferry. I recommend starting in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and then working your way south to Red Hook and ending in Bay Ridge. You’ll find many other neighborhoods along the way so I’d allow a entire day to fully explore this beautiful borough.
Brooklyn Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn Bridge: The bridge is one of New York City’s most recognized symbols. Walk the bridge starting in Manhattan and ending in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The bridge is about a mile long and takes around 30 minutes to cross.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade: Walk along the pedestrian walkway for spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan, the East River, and the Brooklyn Bridge. The Promenade is lined with grand townhouses and mansions with historic architecture.
Brooklyn Historical Society: Founded in 1863, the society is a museum, library, and educational center. It is dedicated to preserving Brooklyn’s 400-year history. The society hosts rotating exhibits as well as housing permanent collections.
New York Transit Museum: Located near downtown Brooklyn, the museum is an easy stop on your way to Red Hook. The museum is housed in an underground authentic 1936 subway station and features vintage subway cars.
Brooklyn Neighborhood: Red Hook
Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies: Visit Steve’s for a delicious chocolate-dipped Swingle made with fresh-squeezed key limes. Walk over to the nearby Valentino Pier and take in the gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty.
Red Hook Food Vendors: Food trucks line the Red Hook Ball Fields and serve authentic and traditional foods from Latin America. The award-winning food vendors are a popular destination for foodies so get there early to beat the crowds.
Indoor Mini Golf: Check out Shipwrecked if the weather is bad. The 18-hole course is fun for kids and adults alike. It tells the story of Captain Red Hook as you move along the course. There’s also an arcade with retro video games.
Widow Jane Distillery: The small-batch whiskeys are proofed with pure limestone mineral water from upstate New York. Take a tour and do a tasting or have a cocktail at the on-site bar called Botanica at Widow Jane.
Brooklyn Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
Shore Park and Parkway: Walk along this picturesque pathway next to the New York Harbor. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, such as the Statue of Liberty.
John Paul Jones Park: John Paul Jones was United States’ first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. The park contains several memorials from events in American history plus a cannon and cannonballs.
Dyker Beach Golf Course: Bay Ridge borders this public golf course, which was originally designed in 1897. It is one of the oldest courses in the United States and the second oldest in New York City.
Gingerbread House: You won’t find Hansel and Gretel hanging out at this house! Located on Narrows Avenue, the unique NYC landmark was built in 1917. The uncut stone residence has a fairy tale feel to it.
Brooklyn Heights, Red Hook, and Bay Ridge are just some of the many neighborhoods that Brooklyn offers. If you’re looking to discover more of Brooklyn, I suggest considering Park Slope, Coney Island, and Carroll Gardens. And if you’re in Bay Ridge, stop by and say hello.