Traveling & Sight Seeing In New York City

Brooklyn (Kings) County

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Brooklyn was an independent city before the consolidation in 1898 into what is now the five boroughs of New York City.

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Bay Ridge

This neighborhood is named for its location - overlooking the New York Bay. There are benches for pleasant viewing.

The Harbor Defense Museum at Fort Hamilton
Overlooking the Narrows, a strip of water to the west of Brooklyn, the Museum preserves the history and evolution of New York City's coastal defense systems and maintains a collection of military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to World War II. 

Brooklyn Heights

Bounded by the East River, Cadman Plaza West, Atlantic Avenue, and Court Street, this formerly aristocratic Victorian neighborhood occupies a bluff that rises sharply from the river's edge. A stroll through the Heights today is like stepping into the past with its beautiful brownstone homes.

New York Transit Museum
Schermerhorn St & Boerum Pl
Housed in a decommissioned subway station, the Museum presents a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions that explore urban public transportation. The collection includes artifacts spanning more than 100 years of transit history including vintage subway and elevated cars, antique turnstiles, a working signal tower, scale models of Brooklyn and Manhattan trolleys and elevated trains, a great gift shop, and much more, to delight transportation enthusiasts of all ages.
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn
Explores the history of Brooklyn through various exhibits. Its library, founded in 1863, has a premier collection of research materials, and the archive and manuscript collections are available for use by appointment.
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
157 Montague Street at Clinton St
Completed in 1848 as the Church of the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights, well-known church architect Minard Lefever's design is considered one of the finest examples of the Gothic Revival style. A merge with St. Ann's Church in 1969 produced the new name.

Heights Players
At the A.T. White Community Center
26 Willow Place
Former Willow Place Chapel was named for its founder, noted philanthropist and housing reformer Alfred Tredway White. The location also housed a public school and social center, a brothel, and furniture-making factory. Now home to the Heights Players, a theater company that celebrated its 50th Anniversary in the 2005-2006 season.

Montague Street
In the heart of historic Brooklyn Heights and sometimes considered its "Main Street," it is home to chic boutiques, a variety of restaurants featuring local and international cuisine, elegant brownstones, and landmark churches.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Along the East River, between Remsen and Orange Sts
This 1/3 mile long exclusively pedestrian walkway is a favorite with walkers and joggers and provides magnificent views of Lower Manhattan, the East River, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Brooklyn Bridge
Accessible to pedestrians from the corner of Cadman Plaza East and Prospect St, the bridge opened in 1883 and allows passage between Brooklyn and Manhattan for vehicular traffic, bicycles, pedestrians, and formerly trains. A New York City icon, this landmark offers spectacular views of the city's skyline.

Downtown Brooklyn

Easily accessible by public transportation, the area offers visitors an eclectic assortment of attractions, a hugh shopping mall, and fast-food restaurants.

Borough Hall 
Situated in a triangular block formed by Fulton, Court, and Joralemon Sts, the four-story marble structure was built in the post-colonial style and completed in 1849 and is also headquarters of the Brooklyn Tourism Center.

Fulton Street Mall
Between Adams St and Flatbush Av, this outdoor pedestrian-only shopping area is home to more than 200 shops including Macy's and the Gallery at Fulton St, an enclosed mall near Flatbush Av.
187-189 Atlantic Av, between Court and Clinton Sts
In the heart of historic Atlantic Av, specializing in Mid-eastern foods including nuts and dried fruits, olives and spices, coffees, cheeses, and other imported foods. Always busy and exciting.

Prospect Heights/Prospect Park

This primarily residential area is known for its quiet tree-lined streets, brownstones, and proximity to the park.

Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
New York's second-largest museum features a world-famous Egyptology collection and Rodin gallery, with a fantastic digitalized fountain and seating area to view it.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Av, Brooklyn
More than 50 acres of gardens, including authentic Japanese gardens and special indoor exhibits.
Prospect Park
Located in the center of Brooklyn, this 585-acre park was designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also planned Manhattan's Central Park. It is open year round and includes a zoo, nature trails, a lake and boathouse, concerts, and much more.

Coney Island

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the beachfront community of Coney Island became an accessible location for day-trippers who wanted to escape the summer heat in New York City and take advantage of the beach, the boardwalk, and the rides. Today, visitors can enjoy the 2 ½ mile long beach from West 37th Street at Sea Gate through the Coney Island and Brighton Beach to the beginning of the community of Manhattan Beach.

Following Hurricane Sandy, New York beaches sustained considerable damage.  Please check the status of your destination before traveling.

Stroll the Riegelmann boardwalk, reputed to be the world's longest, which is the subject of the famous 1964 Drifters song "Under the Boardwalk." Thrill-seekers can still ride the infamous Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park.

When you get hungry, grab a bite at Nathan's Famous, serving up hot dogs and other favorites since 1916. (Temporarily closed)

New York Aquarium (Temporarily closed)
Surf Av & W 8 St, Brooklyn
If your trip to Coney Island isn't on a beach day, get that aquatic feeling at one of America's greatest aquariums. Enjoy 14 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including Sea Cliffs, a new Pacific coastal habitat for walrus, seals, penguins and sea otters. There are also, baby beluga whales, a shark tank, and an aqua-theater.
Visit the Coney Island Museum on the weekend, catch a fly ball at a Brooklyn Cyclones game at KeySpan Park, or attend the annual Mermaid Parade in June.