Brooklyn is one of New York's five boroughs, but feels like a true city in and of itself. Within close proximity of this East Coast town are Manhattan, Long Island, Staten Island, and Queens- so you have direct access to tons of New York flavor! Brooklyn is one of the country’s most populous areas, and its vibrant and bustling energy is a direct reflection of that. Not only is this borough the future home of the NBA’s Nets, but it is also a thriving arts and culture center that rivals the nearby Big Apple. Look to Brooklyn to your museum, art gallery, and theater fix. Brooklyn enjoys distinct seasons year-round, with humid summers and snowy winters offering something for every type of traveler. January is the coldest month of the year here, with temperatures that can reach severe lows. Spring and Autumn are both unpredictable seasons, so don’t be surprised if the weather fluctuates between brisk and warm with mild humidity too. Brooklyn gets precipitation throughout the year, with everything from summer showers to pre-snow rainfalls!
Brooklyn is extremely accessible by public transportation, with subway lines, buses, the Long Island Rail Road servicing this incredible New York town. You can get around using these options once you are in Brooklyn as well, although the bus lines can be especially confusing so be sure to have updated maps and schedules on hand. Getting around Brooklyn by bike or foot is also a great option, for there is no better way to get to know a city than to get up close and personal! Despite its reputation, Brooklyn is a safe place to travel. Areas like Bushwick, Eastbush, and East New York are a few neighborhoods to avoid because of crime. However, common sense and regular safety precautions should keep travelers safe. Many up and coming neighborhoods are great places to check out, so be sure to stay in groups and visit during daylight hours to make the most of your Brooklyn vacation!
Brooklyn Gay Scene
The L train runs from the city to Brooklyn, which is the easiest way to get to this bustling borough. With the East Village just a few stops away, Williamsburg and Downtown are areas of Brooklyn that have steadily developed their own gay nightlife that is not to be missed. A constantly-blinking constellation of bar and club options pulls the gays into Brooklyn, reversing the tides and rewarding more intrepid voyagers with a fresh crop of old standbys. Hotspots like Metropolitan and The Abbey attract hoards of gay and lesbian party people, any night of the week!
Several other residential neighborhoods have become popular with the LGBT community. Park Slope has the highest population of lesbians in Brooklyn. Park Slope is also the site of Brooklyn Gay Pride held in mid-June each year on the edge of the nearby Prospect Park. Brooklyn Gay Pride generally falls between Queens Gay Pride and New York City Gay Pride, so keep the festivities rolling all summer long!