Things to Do in Brooklyn

Explore NYC’s Hippest Borough

From the first few forgotten villages to today’s towering skyscrapers, Brooklyn has always been a city unto itself and was once the fourth largest city in the country. The East River is the least of what separates this borough from Manhattan, with its distinct history, culture, and people. Brooklynites are proud of their neighborhood, and with good reason: the borough is home to a vibrant arts community, restaurant scene, and scenery, among others.

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Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
This family-friendly walking tour covers the highlights of one of NYC’s most vibrant boroughs: Brooklyn. The Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour is a 2.5 hour-tour that will begin in Manhattan and finish in Brooklyn Bridge Park. As you cross the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, you will sightsee as well as learn about essential NYC history. In addition to the NYC skyline, you’ll view the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower and the Chrysler Building from a distance. In Brooklyn, you’ll visit DUMBO, a beloved neighborhood that is home to art galleries and trendy eateries.
Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour Explore Brooklyn as a local would--by bike. On the Brooklyn Bridge Tour, you’ll get to explore the new Hudson riverside bike trail and cross the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Some historic sites and landmarks that you will see on the tour include Hudson River Park, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour Known as NYC’s hippest borough, Brooklyn is the locals’ go-to neighborhood for the best food and culture. Join an expert guide on a “half-day culture-and-food-centric tour” that will take you through some of Brooklyn’s most vibrant parts, such as the West Village and Williamsburg, which is considered of the best restaurant neighborhood in the entire city. There, you can get a taste of innovative farm-to-fork restaurants, pizza, cannolis, chocolates, and more.
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Stroll through Prospect Park, and learn why the landscape architects preferred it to their other project in Manhattan (a.k.a. Central Park). Spend a few minutes walking the tree-lined streets of Park Slope, before stopping in one of the quaint coffee shops on Seventh for a quick snack. Wrap up central Brooklyn with a visit to the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, and learn how modern stadiums can embrace green technology. View the famous brownstones that line the streets of Brooklyn Heights, heart of the former City of Brooklyn and now home to many celebrities. Sample some of the last coal-fired pizza in the city from Juliana’s or Grimaldi’s.


Manhattan is like Beverly Hills. And the soul of New York has moved to Brooklyn, where everything new and exciting seems to be.
- Alec Baldwin

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Sara has been a guide with New York Tour1 since November 2016, working on NYT1’s Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Wall Street/World Trade Center, and SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown routes. When she’s not giving tours, she is an actor, playwright, director, dramaturg, and producer. She...