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Brooklyn, New York City

Is Brooklyn a good place to base myself when visiting NYC?

I'm going to New York and want to stay in Brooklyn. Is it a good place to base myself when visiting nyc? How bad is the commute into the city? 


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answered by
Michelle from New York City

Absolutely - find an Airbnb in Williamsburg, Greenpoint or Bushwick. All of these neighborhoods have pretty easy access to the city and are away from the craziness of Manhattan but still have lots to do -- and better places to go, in my humble opinion, but I come from a long line of Brooklynites. ;)


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tiffany from Shelburne Falls

Yes! It's the calm away from the storm but still has a heartbeat and so much style :)  All of the suggestions to stay close to a good (express) subway line are great. Fort Greene is the best neighborhood in BK in my opinion. Red Hook is so cool to visit but too much of a hassle to be based there, same goes for Greenpoint.

Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO are all great options! 


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Alyssa from Farmingville, New York

If you stay in Downtown Brooklyn or Williamsburg than the commute is do-able. I wouldn't suggest anywhere else for a visitor just because you don't want to spend all of your time on the train. 


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chris from New York City

It's great.  Depending on where in Brooklyn you stay, subway proximity can range from easy to not as easy...but most places you'd stay are near some subway...and they almost all go into the city weather it's west or east side or up broadway.  If you plan on doing mostly things in Manhattan, you'll be going back and forth a bit, but i'd recommend staying in a borough other than manhattan...unless you have a friends place to stay in or air b and b...or want to splurge on an expensive hotel.  


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Polly from Washington, DC

It depends where you'd be located and what you're in NYC to do and see. If you plan on spending most of your time in Manhattan, I'd recommend staying there too. If you want more of a "local" experience and plan to explore Brooklyn as well - DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights Association Inc, Prospect Park, Coney Island, Williamsburg - then a Brooklyn base might make sense.

If you do stay in Brooklyn, choose something within 2-3 blocks of a subway station, preferably an express train (avoid the G; it's the worst).  Downtown Brooklyn and Park Slope are probably the two best places to base yourself as far as access to multiple subway lines goes. Keep in mind it can even be a pain to get from one part of Brooklyn to another unless you're comfortable taking the bus. However, if you want a calmer, more neighborhood-y retreat at the end of the day, Brooklyn can be a great place to stay (or live!).


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Jenn from Boston

I also love Brooklyn, but you do want to consider how much time you have and how many downtown sites you are planning to see. Commuting from Brooklyn can be a bit of a pain depending on where you stay. If you choose to stay there, be sure to find something near a subway station. My brother is in Greenpoint and it's a challenge to commute in to the city from his place. That said, the sites and food in Brooklyn are also amazing. Have fun!


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Laura from Buenos Aires

Last september I stayed near Stuyvesant Avenue and it was good specially because the rental prices are really low. You have to be near the express subway to get to Manhattan in 20 or 30 minutes. I liked it.

But now I think Brooklyn HeightsDUMBO or Williamsburg are better. And the views are simply incredible. 


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Sean from Hudson Valley

Brooklyn is not only a good place to base yourself on a trip to New York City, Brooklyn is a destination in, and of itself.

For about the last ten years Brooklyn has been on the rise.  It's now a splendid mixture of traditional "ethnic" neighborhoods and newer, hipper enclaves.  Take a look at Wikipedia's entry for Brooklyn and you'll find a rundown on the various ethnicities in various sections of town.  It's in these places you'll find some great food. 

There's as much history in Brooklyn as there is in Manhattan, and a populous that is fiercely proud, with an independent spirit.  Younger and less gentrified than Manhattan, Brooklyn has everything to offer, with a fresher, more original attitude, and quite often a more reasonable price.

Getting back and forth between Manhattan and Brooklyn is easy.  There are numerous subway stops that will take you there, and the system is fairly east to navigate.  This is always my preferred way to travel.  It's free from the problems of surface traffic, and cheaper than a cab.

Several bus line cross the East River between the two locations, and of course, taxis are always an option.  Finally, don't neglect to set aside time to stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge.  It's scenic, and free!


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answered by
pNicole from New York City

yup! it's a popular outerborough but there are some others that can satisfy a traveler depending on what you mostly want out of NYC.  the commute can be anywhere from 5 min to 1 hour+, depending on what neighborhood you stay in.  as expected, the closer to manhattan ("the city") you are, the more expensive the place will be.


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Nars from Boston

Absolutely. Brooklyn has some great restaurants.

Commuting from Brooklyn to Midtown Manhattan is under 40 minutes.


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answered by
Lola from Ireland

I lived in Brooklyn seven years and a great place to base yourself. The commute is not bad if you look at areas such as BushwickWilliamsburgPark Slope or DUMBO. You can get into Manhattan in 10-20 minutes on the subway. All these areas have great places to eat, go to at night, galleries and shopping. I felt safe in all of them too. Bushwick may be the less expensive neighborhood. 

Have a great time in NYC and exploring Brooklyn :)


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Kathryn from London

It depends on how long you'll be there and what you want to do. If you're in the city for just a few days and most everything you want to do is in Manhattan, your commute will eat a significant chunk of your time. 

If your going to be in the city for a week or two, taking things slower, and want to include visiting the outer boroughs, then staying in Brooklyn makes much more sense. 

If you do stay in Brooklyn, be sure to visit DUMBOWilliamsburg (especially Smorgasburg, though it's currently closed for the season), Brooklyn Flea Market, and Brooklyn Bridge Park (which for some reason they want to tag as Brooklyn Bridge).

Brooklyn is definitely worth seeing on it's own, not just as a base for crossing to Manhattan. Have fun!


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