If you’ve read anything about New York in the last five years, you’ll know that Brooklyn is the place where edgy, creative, sometimes amazing, always interesting, things happen. Truth is, these days even Manhattanites admit that Brooklyn is the place to be and be seen.
Originally named Breuckelen after a town in The Netherlands, Brooklyn is NYC’s most energetic, eclectic and culturally rich area. The epicentre of the borough’s creative crescent lies along the East River, with Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Red Hook all branding themselves at the heart of the Brooklyn hipster scene. This the borough for vintage flea markets, hip bookstores and daring art galleries. It’s also the hood drawing in NY’s most inventive restaurants (Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, Pok Pok in Red Hook or Marlow & Sons in the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg), food entrepreneurs such as Mast Brothers Chocolates, McClure’s Pickles or Blue Bottle Coffee Roaster, and the specatacularly successful weekend food fair, Smorgasburg.
The greener areas with historic brownstone row houses and tranquil tree-lined streets, include Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Park Slope. Here, alongside the picturesque Prospect Park – designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park – you’ll find intimate eateries, live music venues and arguably New York’s best cups of coffee.