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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“Prospect Park is the second-largest public park in Brooklyn, behind Marine Park with beautiful spaces such the lakes, small building, and intriguing spaces. You can also bike all the park perimeter.”
  • 1520 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Art Museum
“One of Kings County’s preeminent cultural institutions, this 560,000-square-foot venue made history as the first American museum to exhibit African objects as artwork. In addition to the more than 4,000 items in the Egyptian holdings, museumgoers can scope pieces by masters such as Cézanne, Monet and Degas, plus an entire center devoted to feminist art. (The venue is the permanent home of Judy Chicago’s massive installation The Dinner Party.)”
  • 1156 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Botanical Garden
“Beautiful botanic garden next to the museum and the park. Features include a japanese garden, cherry tree esplanade, rose garden, shakepeare garden, conservatory garden, lily ponds, native garden and a farming garden. Perfect place to get lost for hours. ”
  • 845 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Bakery
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“Roberta’s literally put Bushwick on the map: before Roberta’s very few people were venturing out to this corner of Brooklyn. Opened in 2008, Roberta’s still has the best pizza around. They don’t take reservations and you should be prepared to wait. Our favorite item on the menu is the Bee Sting Pizza, featuring spicy soppressata with a drizzle of honey.”
  • 869 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America. Built in 1886, it remains a famous world symbol of freedom and one of the greatest American icons. It is one of the world's largest statues, standing just under 152 feet tall from the base to the torch, and weighing approximately 450,000 pounds. You can see the statue from land, with particularly good views from Battery Park, on the southern tip of Manhattan. However, to truly appreciate the Statue of Liberty, the best thing to do is to take a short boat trip to Liberty Island and see it up close. You can walk around the base, enter the pedestal, or, with advance reservations, go right up to the crown. On a tour to the Statue of Liberty, you have the option to stop at Ellis Island and explore the Immigration Museum. This fantastic museum is located in the historic immigration station complex, where thousands of immigrants were processed before entering the United States. Displays focus on the process, the experiences, and the stories of the people who came through here on their journey to the United States. You can even search the on-site computer database to see a record of immigrants who came through here.”
  • 290 locals recommend
  • 49 Experiences
Basketball Stadium
“Home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball games plus a venue for concerts & boxing matches”
  • 601 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“The absolute best in Jersey City! It has the best land view of the Lady Liberty”
  • 171 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Brooklyn Bridge, with its Gothic-shaped arches and suspension cables, is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks and has inspired generations of poets, songwriters, and painters. This historic bridge, spanning the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn, was completed in 1883 and was the world's first steel suspension bridge. You can see it from many of the ferries, or the east side of Manhattan, but the best way to experience this icon is to take an hour and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. A wood plank walkway, only open to pedestrians and cyclists, runs above the lanes of traffic. If you are not up for walking the whole distance, at least go as far as the first pillar, where there is a viewing platform, and you can see one of the granite towers up close. From the bridge are beautiful views over Manhattan, the East River, and beyond to the Statue of Liberty. Biking over the bridge is another option, but pedestrian traffic is often very heavy, and cycling can be slow and challenging on busy days. Be aware that the access to the bridge begins well back from the water's edge.”
  • 446 locals recommend
  • 153 Experiences
Park
“This magical place. Bring a book and a coffee. Watch. Learn something new. ”
  • 448 locals recommend
  • 8 Experiences
Pizza Place
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“One of our favorite places. We love going here for pizza (the coppa & carciofi is our favorite) or just to hang out at the bar or backyard. There can be a wait, but if you put in your name and hang out in tapas bar next door they'll come and find you.”
  • 625 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Lots of shopping and restaurants around the area. Plus, there is a farmers market on the northwest side of the park, and a seasonal holiday market on the west side of the park. You can also find lots of street musicians and artists. ”
  • 427 locals recommend
  • 7 Experiences
Shopping Mall
“Shopping mall with wide variety of stores, extensive food court, movie theater, and car rental.”
  • 135 locals recommend
Park
“I love this area because you have a contact with nature but at the same time you can be astonished by the view and history throughout the piers in Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
  • 463 locals recommend
  • 7 Experiences
Neighborhood
“Walk everywhere in Soho, you won’t regret just walking and finding beautiful boutiques or French inspired coffee shops. Shopping for sure!”
  • 318 locals recommend
  • 33 Experiences
Movie Theater
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“Classic vintage/retro feeling cinema. Usually classic midnight movies. Food served at your seat!”
  • 645 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“In Lower Manhattan. You have to go there hungry. The best pastrami sandwich ever.”
  • 405 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience