Brooklyn has been movin’ on up in everyone’s eyes and hearts over the past few years. It used to be a pretty undesirable place to stay. All the good hotels, bars, attractions and shows were all in Manhattan, and that’s just where everyone thought to stay. Lately though, Brooklyn is becoming a destination for both tourists and townies to visit, stay in or live in. But why? Quite a few reasons, actually…
You can actually see the sky. While some people don’t mind not seeing a twinkle in the sky, it doesn’t hurt, does it? While people love seeing the stars in Manhattan, and many people go just for this reason, in Brooklyn, you can see the stars in the sky, and those are often better than seeing Kim Kardashian at the club.
It’s way less crowded. Experiencing the crowds in NYC is half the fun. Bumping into people, constantly being on the move and always feeling a little rushed is all part of the journey here. That’s pretty fun to do by day, or for a few days, but after a while, it can be nice to have enough room on the street to walk by yourself. Brooklyn provides more places to run, more places to walk your dog and even some places to enjoy a quiet stroll. Head to the Coney Island Boardwalk, DUMBO or Prospect Park and at many times in the day, you’ll definitely enjoy the quiet, and the views.
The Nets live there. Okay, if you don’t like basketball, that might not even count as a reason, but this is a new team to this area, and Brooklyn is very proud to welcome the Nets and Barclay’s Center into the neighborhood.
Life is cheaper here. Even if you’re just here for a week, staying in New York City can really add up and although you can find cheap tickets to New York quite easily, city life is pricey. Typically in Brooklyn the restaurants, stores, hotels, and bars all provide much cheaper options than the Manhattan clubs and 5 star restaurants. But you’re not hanging out in the pits here either. There are still plenty of glamorous spots to hang out and toast martinis with beautiful people in Brooklyn, but there is also more of the local, New York scene in these parts. Some great hotels in New York are located in Brooklyn, so even if you’re not in Manhattan, you’re definitely not slumming it. Well, not unless you really want to, but you can do that in Manhattan too.
Just because things don’t cost as much, doesn’t mean this borough has less to offer. You still have access to tons of NYC culture, top attractions, amusement parks and a great nightlife scene. Check out the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Coney Island and of course that famous Brooklyn Bridge while you’re here. And even if you stay in Brooklyn, it’s still really easy to head over for the day to check out all the touristy things to do in Manhattan. This part of New York provides a cheaper alternative to Manhattan, without skimping on access to all the best things to do and places to see while you’re here.
This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of NYCTourist.com.