Located across the East River from lower Manhattan, Brooklyn may no longer be an up-and-coming borough, but it’s still New York’s thriving hub for designers, local artisans, musicians, street artists, you name it — all seeking a creative outlet and like-minded community. More relaxed and laid-back than bustling Manhattan, Brooklyn’s sheer size allows plenty of room to breathe — particularly attractive for outdoor enthusiasts who want to spend their day biking the Brooklyn Bridge or jogging along the waterfront at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
A trip to this borough delights all the senses, whether you’re sipping the latest craft beer from Brooklyn Brewery, contemplating street art in Bushwick, or teasing your taste buds with hundreds of artisanal food vendors at Smorgasbord. Or why not spend a cultural afternoon soaking in the art at Brooklyn Museum? Remnants of the area’s industrial past can be seen in the many warehouses, lofts and docks that comprise the neighbourhood; Brooklyn is, after all, the birthplace of the industrial-chic aesthetic that’s since proliferated around the world. The next time you find yourself in Manhattan, don’t miss out on a trip to its more eclectic neighbour. Below, a must-hit list for this hipster haven.