Best hotels in Brooklyn

1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has received multiple accolades — “Sustainable Luxe: 5 Hotels Doing it Right” by National Geographic — and was listed as a “Top Hotel & Resort to Travel to in 2017” by The New York Times. While booking, guests can choose a room with a view of either the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, or an up-close-and-personal view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

To-do’s in the area: Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a ride on Jane’s Carousel.

EVEN Hotel Brooklyn

Every room in EVEN Hotel Brooklyn is almost a mini-spa getaway. Guests can opt for one of their Wellness Rooms, with an in-room training zone and videos, a fitness kit, spa-like shower, eco-friendly products, and natural eucalyptus linens.

To-do’s in the area: See a concert at Barclays Center. Dinner and a movie at Alamo Drafthouse.

Urban Cowboy

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Urban Cowboy is a bed-and-breakfast that transports guests to the rustic relaxation of Tennessee. Visitors also have the option to stay at “The Tree House”, the newest addition to the Urban Cowboy spread, where they can enjoy an open-air living room and a private roof deck.

To-do’s in the area: Take a tour of Brooklyn Brewery. Watch an outdoor film at McCarren Park.

The Brooklyn Hotel

The Brooklyn found the perfect middle ground between luxury and urban New York, by combining elements like reclaimed wood with brick walls, and euro-top beds set in front of Brooklyn-themed murals.

To-do’s in the area: Visit the Brooklyn Museum. Catch a show at the historic BAM Harvey Theater.

The Box House Hotel

The Box House Hotel is a hotel converted from an old factory into a hotel with a little quirk and a lot of colors added. Each has original artwork by Brooklyn-artist Kip Jacobs and many rooms include a personal terrace with a view of the Manhattan skyline.

To-do’s in the area: Appreciate some art at the Greenpoint Gallery. Attend a class or event at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm.

The Henry Norman Hotel

The Henry Norman Hotel was developed by the same management of the Box House Hotel. The Henry Normal Hotel has a “first post-college apartment” meets urban art gallery feel, making it perfect for young adults visiting New York.

To-do’s in the area: Stop by the Museum of Food and Drink. Stroll through Msgr. McGolrick Park.

New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge may be one of very few Brooklyn hotels with a pool, but the biggest draw is its specific location in the center of the Downtown Brooklyn commercial area and close enough to Manhattan — ideal for business stays, conventions, and events.

To-do’s in the area: Learn more about Brooklyn culture at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Walk through historic train cars at the New York Transit Museum.

Lefferts Manor Bed and Breakfast

Lefferts Manor is one of the better-known bed and breakfasts in Brooklyn due to reviews from consistently satisfied customers who comment that the manor feels “more like a home, and less like a hotel.” Lefferts Manor sticks to its B&B roots and does it well, with a choice of eight different rooms, as well as three apartments each complete with a kitchen or kitchenette.

To-do’s in the area: Enjoy the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Learn about wildlife conservation at the Prospect Park Zoo.

Akwaaba Mansion

This 1860’s landmark mansion is located in historic Stuyvesant and is designed with 14-foot ceilings, ornate fireplaces, and Italianate villa features. Akwaaba Mansion‘s “special touches” include a secluded garden, a hearty Southern breakfast, and afternoon tea.

To do’s in the area: Take a walking tour of the Bed-Stuy Historic District.

Dazzler Brooklyn

With its own Beer Garden, complete with Germany schoolyard tables and strung lights, the Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel seats up to 175 guests who have the option of both American and European beers, as well as standard Beer Garden fare like pretzels and sausages. The Dazzler also has its own cafe where guests can enjoy cappuccinos and pastries in the morning or wine and small plates for their late-night snacks. A new American-Italian restaurant is planned to open this summer.

To-do’s in the area: Book a spot on the Beer and Pizza tour by the New York Bus Tour and do some shopping at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket.

Best street food in Booklyn

In a place as multicultural as Brooklyn, it makes sense that the local street food is much more than dirty water hot dogs.

1. Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg, which launched in 2011, operates seasonally from April to November in both Prospect Park and Williamsburg. With 100 local vendors between the two Smorgasburg locations, visitors can choose from a multitude of innovative food stalls with cuisines that range from classics such as mozzarella sticks, to the outrageously original, i.e. a burger with a bun made of ramen noodles.

Must-Try: The Ube Dragon Fruit Bowl from Ube Kitchen and the Spaghetti Donut from Pop Pasta.

2. Red Hook Food Vendors

Red Hook Food Vendors, made up of three separate food trucks on Bay Street in Red Hook, has been providing locals and visitors with authentic Latin cuisine for the last 43 years. The uniquely seasoned dishes such as tamales, tacos, and homemade horchata have not only made this seasonal operation a staple in Brooklyn. but has led to Red Hook Food Vendors winning four Vendy Awards for Best Street Food in NYC.

Must-Try: The Pupusas Platter from El Olomega.

3. Dumbo Lot

Dumbo Lot has a scheduled rotation of food trucks. Local workers are saved from substandard lunch breaks and visitors from bland local options. On any given weekday, guests can expect three different food options ranging from Vietnamese to sweet and savory sandwiches served on French toast to pasta Bolognese.

Must-Try: The Texas Style Brisket Sandwich from Meatoss.

4. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Not too far from Dumbo Lot is Brooklyn Bridge Park, which extends from Pier 1 to the Empire-Fulton Ferry landing. While the park is most popular due to its stunning view of the East River and the Manhattan skyline, and proximity to attractions like Jane’s Carousel, locals know it as a great spot to grab a bite while escaping the everyday chaos of the city.

Must-Try: Lobster Grilled Cheese from Luke’s Lobster.

5. Coney Island

With Dino’s Wonder Wheel and the Coney Island Cyclone as a backdrop, the Coney Island Boardwalk is reminiscent of early-1900 beachside theme parks. The various food vendors that line the Coney Island boardwalk and Surf Avenue add to the nostalgic atmosphere as they serve favorites such as cotton candy, fried chicken, and hot Italian sausage. While more brick-and-mortar restaurants have started popping up in the area, such as Ihop and Wahlburgers, Coney Island still holds onto its title as a boardwalk-street-food top runner.

Must-Try: Fish Tacos from Coney Shack Food Truck

Map: The Cool Girl Shops of Brooklyn

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The mallification of Manhattan becomes more apparent when a person does something like take a close look at her shopping habits, and realizes that she goes into the city mainly for?. chain stores and international luxury brands. When it comes to women’s clothing shopping for styles that are unusual, have personality and are in the middle range of expensiveness (or are sometimes just downright stupidly expensive, fuckyouverymuch, Bird) my go-tos are all in Brooklyn. The following women’s clothing boutiques in Brooklyn skew towards girlie, geeky, boho, vintage, floral-ish, casual, and other modifiers for the style from a borough where the girls are sexy wearing sneakers, sundresses and weird eyeglasses. Selection of neighborhoods is based entirely and randomly on personal familiarity.

– Valerie Stivers – Isakova