A Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood Guide to Brooklyn

The ultimate guide to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York—from Williamsburg to Bay Ridge.

Brooklyn, once known as an area filled with industrial warehouses and working-class folk, has morphed over the last few years into a town known for its hipster-cool vibe, its landmark brownstone streets and even has tour buses cruising some of its areas. The Big Apple’s most populated borough has now blossomed into some of the most sought-after real estate, meccas for a population of professionals, families, artists and celebrities. With each neighborhood so distinctive, how can you not visit?

Bedford-Stuyvesant The large, diverse Brooklyn enclave features fair-trade coffee shops and draft-beer bars as you might expect in a rapidly gentrifying area, but the leafy sidewalks, stunning brownstone architecture and neighborhoody feel of Bed-Stuy remain.

Boerum Hill Wedged between Cobble Hill and Park Slope, the quiet neighborhood of Boerum Hill is characterized by wide, tree-lined blocks, a slower pace and excellent restaurants and retail.

Brooklyn Heights With its proximity to Manhattan, expansive New York Harbor views, and magnificent Victorian-era brownstones, it’s no wonder that a slew of famous names have called the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights home.

Bushwick Skyrocketing rents in Williamsburg have driven a lot of the hipster demographic to Bushwick, now a tourist destination in its own right.

Carroll Gardens Carroll Gardens is a laid-back, highly walkable slice of Brooklyn, where you can enjoy an egg cream and some of the best old-school pizza and Italian baked goods in New York City.

Cobble Hill In the tree-lined neighborhood of Cobble Hill, you’ll find historic 19th-century town houses, excellent boutique shopping and some of the best food the city has to offer.

Crown Heights Crown Heights has undergone a dramatic transformation and is now overflowing with trendy restaurants and hipster-friendly shopportunities.

DUMBO It’s worth a visit to DUMBO, and not just because it’s at the other end of a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Dyker Heights/Bay Ridge Take a trip to southwest Brooklyn to the traditionally Italian neighborhoods of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge for some sights, sounds and eats.

Fort Greene Fort Greene is the quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood, home to world-class art centers and countless cafés.

Gowanus A laid-back alternative within hipster-filled Brooklyn, Gowanus is transforming with a booming restaurant and bar scene.

Greenpoint You might know Greenpoint as the backdrop for Lena Dunham’s "Girls," but that is only a tiny facet of this riverfront neighborhood’s identity.

Park Slope The founder of Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn shares her favorite spots for dining, shopping and history in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Prospect Heights Prospect Heights is one of Brooklyn’s tiniest neighborhoods, occupying some 40 square blocks between Fort Greene, Park Slope, Crown Heights and Prospect Park, but don’t let its diminutive size fool you.

Red Hook It takes some extra effort to get to Red Hook, and to get around once you’ve arrived, but it’s totally worth it if you want to spend a day exploring a place that feels worlds away from the rush of Manhattan.

South Slope/Greenwood Heights A vibrant residential community best known for its nationally landmarked Green-Wood Cemetery, South Slope or Greenwood Heights offers array of casual bars boasting backyard space and elevated comfort food.

Williamsburg Williamsburg, an international symbol of Brooklyn’s cultural rise, is no longer up-and-coming. The ‘hood has come.