Explore NYC: Brooklyn Edition

by Haley Davidson

We’re halfway through the summer, and it’s time to get out and explore the city again. End your latest Netflix binge and hit the streets so you don’t miss out on these 4 Brooklyn neighborhoods this summer. 

Park Slope

Commute: 30 minutes; take the R to 9 Street Station and explore!

Park Slope is a Brooklyn neighborhood that attracts families and tourists alike. Prospect Park, with rolling hills and paths that make you forget you’re in New York City, is part of the draw. The sprawling neighborhood also has dozens of restaurants and local shops that make it a perfect place to visit for a relaxing weekend.

What to do:

  1. Take photos of one of NYC’s most beautiful streets at Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza
  2. Soak in peace and quiet at Prospect Park
  3. Browse the Community Bookstore, eat your heart out at Purbird, and enjoy a cup of coffee from Postmark Cafe.


Commute: 20 minutes; take the 2/ 3 to Clark St. and walk about 15 minutes, OR take the NYC Ferry from Wall St./Pier 11 to Dumbo.

DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge, is home to one of the city’s most photographed streets, Washington St. Just one subway stop from Manhattan, DUMBO is a neighborhood made up of young professionals and families, plus over 700 tech firms. While you’re visiting, you might spot a film crew or maybe a celebrity – this neighborhood has been featured in many iconic films.

What to do:

  1. Take photos on Washington St. in front of the Manhattan bridge
  2. Browse books and more at Powerhouse Arena
  3. Enjoy high-quality eats at Grimaldi’s, River Cafe,  and Superfine


Commute: 25 minutes; take the J/Z to Marcy Avenue OR take the NYC Ferry from Wall St./Pier 11 to South or North Williamsburg.

Williamsburg is an iconic Brooklyn neighborhood. With local eats and vibrant nightlife, this a great spot for a night out. You can even walk the Williamsburg Bridge at sunset to get a beautiful view and arrive in the neighborhood in time to enjoy a movie or an incredible meal.

What to do:

  1. Catch a movie at Nitehawk Cinema or Videology 
  2. Go bowling at the iconic Brooklyn Bowl http://www.brooklynbowl.com/
  3. Get stuffed at Pies n Thighs, Juniper, or Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

Greenwood Heights

Commute: 28 minutes; take the R train towards Bay Ridge and get off at 25 Street. Walk one block east and enjoy.


Greenwood Heights is just south of Park Slope and gets its name from neighboring Green-wood Cemetery. The area was the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, a historic battle during the Revolutionary War. And while it might sound creepy, a day trip down to Greenwood Heights and Green-wood Cemetery could be just the weekend adventure you’re looking for.

What to do:

  1. Take in a national landmark: Greenwood Cemetery 
  2. Enjoy events like Death Cafe, a Historic Trolley Tour, and more
  3. Visit the highest point in Brooklyn and a battle site at Battle Hill 


Let us know what your favorite Brooklyn neighborhoods are, and if you discover any hidden gems while you’re out and about. Tweet pictures and tips to @NYCIntern or email us at nycintern@tkc.edu!