Brooklyn Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Brooklyn; our list of the best things to see, including Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Museum and BAM Harvey Theatre.
  • The best place in Brooklyn: Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty National Monument is a national monument comprising Liberty Island and Ellis Island. It includes the Statue of Liberty, situated on Liberty Island, and the former immigration depot on Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886. The immigration station at Ellis Island opened in 1892 and closed in 1954.
    Liberty Park food nearby
  • Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Pkwy
    W 11AM-6PM, Th-F 11AM-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM. Suggested contribution $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children under 12. Housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, the Brooklyn is the 2nd largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the USA. Its world-renowned permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renovated subway station, the museum is part of a complex of 19th century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo. On the first Saturday of each month, the museum is open until 11PM with free admission and special events.
    Fort Green eat nearby
  • BAM Harvey Theatre

    BAM Harvey Theatre

    651 Fulton Street
    A good cinema in an old opera hall. Films shown are in between arthouse and mainstream.
    Fort Green restaurants nearby
  • The New York Aquarium

    The New York Aquarium

    Surf Ave & W 8th St
    95 children 3-12, free for children under 3.
    Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay food nearby
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    1000 Washington Ave
    Tu-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4:30PM. $8 adults, $4 seniors 65+ and students with ID 12+, free for children under 12. The garden is 52 acres and the layout was well planned. It is definitely worth a visit. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1910 and open to the public since 1911. The garden includes an authentic Japanese garden, a Children's Garden, and the Cranford Rose Garden. The garden has the largest cherry blossom trees in one place outside of Japan. There are 42 gorgeous varieties. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts various festivities throughout the year, including Hanami Sakura in May and the Chile Pepper Festival in October.
    eat nearby
  • Federal Hall

    Federal Hall

    26 Wall St
    On this site on April 30, 1789, George Washington stood on a balcony overlooking Wall Street and was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. The old building on the site had been used as New York's city hall and had hosted some of the first congregations of the colonies in the lead-up to the American Revolution, such as the Stamp Act Congress. After the revolution the building, now Federal Hall, briefly housed Congress, the Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices before the national capital moved to Philadelphia. The current building dates to 1842 and was used first as a Customs House, then later the US Sub-Treasury (millions of dollars of gold and silver were kept in the basement vaults). Today the building is maintained by the National Park Service as a museum dedicated to the history of the site. Guided tours of the building are available, or you can just walk in and look up at the rotunda and view some of the artifacts, such as the bible Washington used in his inauguration ceremony.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • New York Transit Museum

    New York Transit Museum

    Boerum Pl and Schermerhorn St
    Tu–F 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su Noon-5PM, closed Mondays and major holidays. $5 adults, $3 children (3–17) and seniors (62+). Seniors free on Wednesdays. A self supporting arm of the MTA, it is housed in the Subway's former Court Street Station, on a spur line from the current A and C lines. Closed to passengers in 1946, it was reopened in 1976 as the New York Transit Exhibit and was popular enough to be made permanent. The museum is made up of two underground levels: the Mezzanine, which hosts exhibits on the construction of the subway, surface transportation in New York, fare collection and rotating exhibits on various transit-related subjects; and the station platform, which houses about 20 retired subway cars dating as far back as 1903 and a working signal tower. The museum sponsors events throughout the year, including simple art projects, walking tours on the subway, and rides on the museums' fleet of retired trains. There is also an annex of the museum in Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Di Fara Pizza

    Di Fara Pizza

    1424 Ave J
    W-Su noon-4:30PM and 6PM-9PM. Cash only. An old-school pizzeria. Waiting for Dom, the only pizzaiolo in the shop, to painstakingly make your pizza or calzone is worth it. People returning to the neighborhood stop by here to indulge their nostalgia for quality that never wavers. This is not really cheap pizza, but it is very good pizza. Toppings include baby artichokes, porcini when available, and baby eggplant, as well as more usual toppings that are unusually good. Don't let the worn appearance of the shop's exterior fool you.
    Mapleton-Flatlands
  • Governors Island

    Governors Island

    ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street
    Open seasonally; W-Th guided tours take place at 10AM and 1PM, F ferries leave every hour 10AM-3PM, Sa-Su ferries leave every hour 10AM-5PM, from Brooklyn ferries leave every 20 minutes. Free. Governors Island has a long military history, home to headquarters and military posts of the United States Army from 1794 until 1966, then a complex for the U.S. Coast Guard before becoming a historic district open to tours.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • African Burial Ground National Monument

    African Burial Ground National Monument

    290 Broadway, 1st floor
    Visitor Center: Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM except Federal holidays; Memorial: Daily 9AM-5PM except Federal holidays. Free. For most of the 18th century, Africans in New York City were buried in a graveyard outside the city. The graveyard was eventually forgotten and was rediscovered in 1991. This museum and memorial site commemorate the estimated 15,000 Africans that were interred on the site of the memorial. Note that the museum is located inside of a Federal building so airport-style security should be expected.
    Financial District food nearby
  • J&R Music and Computer World

    J&R Music and Computer World

    23 Park Row
    M-Sa 9AM-7:30PM, Su 10:30AM-6:30PM. Occupies an entire block of stores right across the street from City Hall Park and sells the widest selection of computers, computer accessories, and various other electronic products (including blank CDs and batteries) in New York, at the lowest prices short of ordering through the internet. It is also probably the second best source of digital cameras and accessories in New York (B&H near Penn Station is generally considered by New Yorkers to be the best source). Well worth visiting if you need something right away or prefer to look at products before purchasing them. Generous return policies, too.
    Financial District
  • Brooklyn Cyclones

    Brooklyn Cyclones

    New York Mets single-A minor league team, which plays in Coney Island right next to the Boardwalk. They were established to fill the void of Brooklyn's old Major League Baseball team the Dodgers, who left for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.
    Coney Island restaurants nearby
  • Knitting Factory

    Knitting Factory

    361 Metropolitan Ave
    Door times usually at 7PM or 8PM. Bar open Mon-Fri 5PM to late, Sat + Sun 12PM to late. The legendary New York concert club moved from Manhattan to Williamsburg in 2009. Check a diverse blend of live music, comedy, and special events. Main room events are all ages, bar events 21+.
    Williamsburg
  • Celebrate Brooklyn!

    Celebrate Brooklyn!

    at the Prospect Park Bandshell
    Most shows are free, but a handful of benefit shows will have a ticket charge. An annual series of concerts that are held throughout the summer.
    eat nearby
  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum

    National September 11 Memorial & Museum

    1 Albany St
    M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa-Su and holidays 9AM-8PM (last entry one hour before closing). Free. On the site of the former World Trade Center towers, the memorial consists of two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools set within the footprints of the twin towers, lined with bronze panels with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of that fateful day inscribed. The surrounding plaza holds a grove of trees. A museum is under construction nearby - for now only the glass pavilion which will serve as the entrance is visible, with two large artifacts from the towers within. Due to construction on new towers and facilities on the WTC site, access to the site is currently restricted - a timed reservation system is being used and you must reserve your tickets in advance. Go to the website [2] to reserve a pass.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage

    Museum of Jewish Heritage

    36 Battery Pl
    Su-Tu,Th 10AM-5:45PM, W 10AM-8PM, F 10AM-5PM. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students, children 12 and under free; free admission W 4-8PM. A memorial to the Holocaust.
    Battery Park food nearby
  • Bogotá Latin Bistro

    Bogotá Latin Bistro

    141 5th Ave
    M 5PM-11PM, W-Th 5PM-11PM, F 5PM-1AM, Sa noon-1AM, Su noon-11PM. Pan-Latin cuisine ranging the South American continent with main dishes from Colombia. Full service bar featuring mojitos and imported Latin American beers and wines. Happy hour and live music.
    Fort Green
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

    Brooklyn Children's Museum

    145 Brooklyn Ave
    W-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. $5 per person. A highly interactive museum designed specifically for children.
    Bedford-Stuyvesant restaurants nearby
  • St. Ann's Warehouse

    St. Ann's Warehouse

    38 Water Street
    $140 for five shows $119 for four, etc.. A nondescript building on the corner of Water and Dock Streets, St. Ann's Warehouse delivers consistently impressive avant garde theater.
    Williamsburg food nearby
  • Halcyon

    Halcyon

    57 Pearl Street
    Tu Noon-9PM, W Noon-8PM, Th-F Noon-9PM, Sa Noon-8PM, Su Noon-6PM, M by appointment. Record store.
    Williamsburg
  • World Financial Center

    World Financial Center

    Shopping, dining, events and the Winter Garden all open to the public.
    Financial District
  • Roberta's

    Roberta's

    261 Moore St
    11AM-midnight daily. Some of the best pizza in the entire city. Great inside and outside. Ingredients taken from rooftop farms around Brooklyn and Queens.
    Bushwick
  • M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-4PM, Su 7AM-4PM. Free. An Episcopalian (Anglican) church and parish was first established on this site in 1697 under charter by King William III. The present Neo-Gothic Revival church building (the third incarnation) dates from 1846 and remains a significant landmark within Downtown. The original burial ground at Trinity Church includes the graves and memorials of many historic figures, including Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, Robert Fulton, and Albert Gallatin.
    Financial District eat nearby
  • Green-Wood Cemetery

    Green-Wood Cemetery

    main entrance at 500 25th St
    org. 8AM-5PM daily. Free.
    Greenwood restaurants nearby
  • Jewish Children's Museum

    Jewish Children's Museum

    790 Eastern Pkwy
    The Jewish Children's Museum is the largest Jewish-themed children's museum in the United States. It aims for children of all faiths and backgrounds to gain a positive perspective and awareness of the Jewish heritage, fostering tolerance and understanding. The permanent collection features exhibits designed to be both educational and entertaining to children, often employing interactive multimedia. At the miniature golf course on the roof, for example, each hole represents a stage in Jewish life. The museum is in the Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic community of Crown Heights near the headquarters of the Lubavitch movement. The museum is run by Tzivos Hashem, a Chabad organization dedicated to the education of Jewish children. The museum opened in 2004. In 2005, the museum was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    Brownsville food nearby
  • Death by Audio

    Death by Audio

    49 S 2nd St
    door times usually at 8PM. All-ages underground music venue. Cheap beers available for the 21+ crowd.
    Williamsburg eat nearby
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