As Manhattan has become progressively—and prohibitively—more expensive, Brooklyn has swelled with an influx of residents, and the restaurants, nightlife, and attractions have grown to accommodate the surging population. With some of New York's best attractions, Brooklyn isn't playing second fiddle to Manhattan any time soon.
Located just around the corner from BAM's Opera House (the Peter Jay Sharp Building) "the Harvey" offers a dynamic setting for theater. Dating from its first performance in 1861, BAM has grown into a thriving urban arts center that brings international performing arts and film...651 Fulton Street (between Ashland Place and Rockwell Place)
Every visitor to New York has heard about Central Park, but Brooklyn's massive Prospect Park rightfully deserves its fame. Featuring fantastic events, green spaces, and the famous Grand Army Plaza arch at the main entrance to the Park, built in 1892, the "Jewel of Brooklyn" recei...Grand Army Plaza to Parkside Ave
BAM's Opera House is housed in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. The same building also houses: • BAMcafe • BAM Rose Cinemas • BAM Box Office • Administrative Offices The 1908 building was designed by Herts and Tallant—premier theater architects of the period. Its eclectic B...30 Lafayette Avenue (bet. Ashland Place and St. Felix Street)
Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has come to represent today the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. Stroll around the newly renovated Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and you'll find yourself tra...1000 Washington Ave.
A pioneer in education, the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. With award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, the Museum engages children from pre-school to high school in learn...145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Ave)
The New York Transit Museum, one of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater...Boerum Pl. & Schermenhorn Street
The Brooklyn Museum is the second largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the United States. One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one and a half million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to c...200 Eastern Parkway (Washington Ave.)
Founded by violinist Olga Bloom, Bargemusic has been a showcase for chamber music on the Brooklyn waterfront and a champion of chamber music throughout the United States for over 25 years. The Barge, a 102-foot long converted barge once used by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, ...14-33 Cadman Plaza West<br>At the Fulton Ferry Landing
Founded by artists in the wake of the first festival in 1997, DAC was the first non-profit arts organization in Dumbo, Brooklyn. By attracting thousands of visitors and media attention to the once abandoned manufacturing area, DAC's role has been pivotal in the establishment of D...30 Washington St
Located on Coney Island "where the city meets the sea." Features thousands of marine creatures including beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins and stingrays. Major exhibit areas include Sea Cliffs, a 300 foot-long recreation of the rocky Pacific coast, and Explore the Shore, where y...Surf Avenue at West 8th Street
The world's first steel suspension bridge, built some 120 years ago, remains a fascinating must-do attraction for city residents and tourists alike. Few walks offer a more dramatic view of the skyline, of boats gliding across the East River, the Statue of Liberty in the distant h...Manhattan Side: City Hall<br>Brooklyn Side: The Anchorage
The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and one of the largest library branches in the entire city, this massive library even has a restaurant on the third floor and is home to the world-renowned Brooklyn Collection of manuscripts, books, maps, and other historical documen...1 Grand Army Plz
MoCADA's mission is to "undertake the responsibility of rewriting history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of contributions to the historical, artistic and cultural landscape of the world" made by people of African descent. In a gorgeous setting in Fort Greene, this won...80 Hanson Place
As hands-on as a museum can be, the JCM allows parents and children to learn about Jewish history and heritage in an engaging environment that utilizes innovative multimedia technologies. With an art gallery, computer labs, a game show studio, a theater, golf course, and craft w...792 Eastern Pkwy
Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society, BHS, is a nationally renowned urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present. BHS provides access to its unpara...128 Pierrepont Street (Clinton and Pierrepont)
This living classroom for young naturalists and school groups features three major exhibit areas, and nearly 400 animals of more than 80 species.450 Flatbush Avenue
Marine Park surrounds the westernmost inlet of Jamaica Bay, which at the turn of the century was of great interest to developers who began making elaborate plans to turn Jamaica Bay into a port, dredging Rockaway channel to allow large ships to enter the proposed harbor. Speculat...3152 Avenue U
Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, adjacent to the forthcoming mammoth Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a nine-acre waterfront park along the East River in Brooklyn located between the historic Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. With its sprawling lawn and riverfront boardwalk, Empire Fulton F...26 New Dock St.