Brooklyn, one of New York City’s five boroughs, is our favorite — and not just because it's the home of The Brooklyn Marathon. No matter how long you're in town for, or what you came here to do (ahem, run 26.2 miles), you won't have any trouble finding things to do, see, and eat. The only problem you're likely to run into will be finding time to squeeze in everything on your list.
With neighborhoods ranging from Williamsburg, a nightlife hotbed that also has great restaurants, cool art, and a progressive music scene to Coney Island with its sprawling boardwalk, amusement park, and hole-in-the-wall bars to picturesque Brooklyn Heights and fast-growing Dumbo (that's Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass) with views of Manhattan that'll take your breath away, Brooklyn has a tight grip on both old and new — and it's not a cliché to say there is something for everybody.
Whether you want to enjoy authentic Russian food in Brighton Beach or you wish to stock up on cool items for your home (or person) at one of Fort Greene's unique boutiques, you won't struggle to pass the time.
Crave a cup of coffee with beans roasted in Brooklyn or a cold pint of beer brewed in the beloved borough? Brooklyn has you covered. Instead of visiting NYC's crowded Chinatown, head to Sunset Park in Brooklyn and discover some of the most authentic Chinese cuisine around. If you haven't heard, there's a big donut moment happening in the country right now, and Brooklyn has plenty to offer on that front. Old- school favorite: Peter Pan in Greenpoint. New(ish) kid on the block: Dough in Clinton Hill.
Read on for even more specific recommendations of what to do, see, and eat in Brooklyn. And if in doubt, turn to a Brooklynite and be sure to glean some solid information — just be ready to pack a week's worth of stuff into a couple of days.