Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Brooklyn Map and Overview of the Best Brooklyn Neighborhoods

We, the writers at, have already sung the praises of Williamsburg and encouraged you to put it at the top of your list. However, Brooklyn is a huge borough (the size of a large city) and there are many other interesting parts to explore. Take a look at our Brooklyn map as you read our picks for what not to miss in each neighborhood.



North Brooklyn (Close to Williamsburg):

Greenpoint: A largely Polish neighborhood now mixed in with hipsters and young professionals. Sleepy residential streets, community parks, and hip restaurant and nightlife scene. Food and nightlife: Five LeavesBrooklyn Label CafeBlack RabbitPencil Factory BarLulu’s barBar MatchlessWarsawShop: Word BookstoreAlter Men’s Store, and In God We Trust. (East River Ferry to Greenpoint, or G subway to Greenpoint Ave.)

Bushwick: An industrial area that is still rough around the edges, but is being remade as the new outpost of cool by the artists and hipsters that were priced out of Williamsburg. Don’t miss: Roberta’s PizzaNortheast KingdomThe Narrows BarPine Box Rock ShopBushwick StarrThe Bogart Salon GalleryShops at the Loom, and Secret Project Robot. (various stops on the L or J/M lines, most places are near the L subway at Jefferson Street)

South Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Heights: A historic, affluent neighborhood known for its ornate apartment buildings and brownstones. Lovely residential streets with charming names like Pierrepont, Willow, Love Lane, and the fruit streets: Cranberry, Orange, and Pineapple. Don’t miss: the view from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path, Montague Street, and the Brooklyn Historical SocietyFood and drink: Noodle PuddingJack the Horse TavernLantern ThaiHenry Street Ale House. (Subways: A/C to High Street or 2/3 to Clark Street)

DUMBO: (stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) A magical waterfront neighborhood tucked underneath the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Old warehouses and factory buildings live on like ghosts, even as they now house luxury lofts and upscale boutiques. Explore the shoreline’s Fulton Landing, Brooklyn Bridge ParkJane’s Carousel, and the East River Ferry stopFood and drink: 68 Jay Street Bar, Superfine. Shop: PowerHouse BooksJacques Torres Chocolate FactoryCulture: St. Ann’s Warehouse TheaterGalapagos Art Space, and A.I.R. Gallery. (East River Ferry to DUMBO or F Subway to York Street)

Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens: A charming, tree-lined area with the classic relaxed Brooklyn vibe. Once a mostly Italian area, it has become the place where savvy Manhattanites come to raise their kids. The main drags of Smith and Court Streets are lined with hip shops, bars, and restaurants. Food and drink: Apt 138Bar Tabac, Joya Thai, 61 Local CafeOne Girl Cookies, and FrankiesShop and browse: BirdFlight 101Micro MuseumExit 9 Gift EmporiumOlive’s Very VintageBrooklyn Industries, and BookCourtAtlantic Avenue food and drink: Waterfalls, ColonieAtlantic Chip ShopLast Exit Bar and Lounge, and Floydd’s. (Subways: F or G to Bergen Street)

Park Slope: Perhaps the quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood, home of the brownstone rowhouse, catering to a diverse population of young professionals, families, hipsters, and gays. Must-sees are the gorgeous Grand Army Plaza, the sprawling oasis of Prospect Park, and the gorgeous houses along Prospect Park West. The Avenues of Flatbush, 7th, 5th , and 4th are packed with an eclectic mix of hip restaurants and shops. Food and nightlife: Bogota, Union HallThe Rock ShopBeauty Bar BrooklynShop and browse: Goldie + Mac, Beacon’s Closet, Guvnor’s Vintage Thrift, and Brooklyn Superhero Supply. (Subways: 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or Bergen Street, B/Q to 7th Avenue)

Fort Greene/Prospect Heights: A historic African-American and culturally progressive area that borders Park Slope and Prospect Park. Home to the must-see institutions of the Brooklyn MuseumBrooklyn Botanical GardenBrooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Mark Morris Dance GroupFood and drink:  Mo’s BarThe General GreeneThe Way Station BarFranny’s PizzaShop: Gabriela de la Vega,  Owl and Thistle General Store1 of a Find Vintage, and Coup de Cour. (Subways: C to Lafayette Avenue or Clinton/Washington, or 2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum)

Farther Out:

Coney Island: This far-south section of Brooklyn is most known for its crowded beach and historic amusement park, featuring the famous Cyclone roller coaster and Steeplechase Park. A recent commercial renovation of the amusements, now known as Luna Park, has retained some of the authentic feeling of the place. It’s worth the long subway ride to take in the sea air and the circus-like feel of this urbanite escape. Don’t Miss: Nathan’s Famous hotdogs, Coney Island Circus Sideshow, and the New York Aquarium. (Subways: D, Q, N, or F to Stillwell Avenue. The ride is about 45–60 minutes.)