As Brooklyn’s popularity to continues to grow, more and more visitors are adding a stop to the borough to their NYC itinerary. As you plan out the places you’d like to explore, here are some recommendations from a staple to the area, Barclays Center, a venue who knows a thing or two about Brooklyn.
In the heart of Brooklyn, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclays Center is setting a new standard as the showcase venue for the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events. As the state-of-the-art home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders, this is a great chance to catch a game during your visit.
Since its opening in 2012 Barclays Center has continued to host the world’s most renowned performers, including Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen making it a hot spot for seeing your favorite acts.
Another must see in the borough is the Brooklyn Museum, a 560,000-square-foot home to iconic galleries and exhibits. In addition to the more than 4,000 items in the Egyptian holdings, museum goers can scope pieces by masters such as Cézanne, Monet and Degas, plus an entire center devoted to feminist art. An insider’s tip, if your visiting aligns with the first weekend of the month you can attend the museum for free as a part of their popular First Saturdays program.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Grab a blanket, picnic basket and some sunglasses and make sure to take a stroll around Brooklyn Bridge Park. The waterfront park consists of rolling hills, riverfront promenades, lush gardens, and spectacular city views. If you’re looking for a bit more action, the park also hosts many events and activities including boating, kayaking, fitness classes, basketball clinics, stargazing, history tours, seining, concerts, author talks, and more.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
As the weather turns from winter to spring, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden comes to life and displays horticultural activity like you’ve never seen before. You could make an entire day out of your visit as you explore the dozens of gardens such as the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Osborne Garden, the Shakespeare Garden and the Children’s Garden.
Industry City, once a 19th century warehouse and distribution center is now a mecca for arts, culture, dining, and shopping. Sit at picnic bench and let your inner foodie play as you explore the many vendors of their food hall. Try an avocado themed dish or a slice of coal oven pizza. Delight on tasty soup dumplings or have an authentic Berliner Döner Kebab. Plan ahead, the options are endless. After you eat till your hearts content, finish off the day at Industry City Distillery. Swing by Saturdays at 3 p.m. for a tour and tasting!
Where to Stay!
Hilton Brooklyn and Hampton Inn Downtown Brooklyn are located in the heart of this must see borough. There downtown location and nearby subway lines make them a make is a perfect base to explore all that Brooklyn and the city have to offer.