Brooklyn/Greenwood and New Utrecht
- Sunset Park is often called New York City's little Puerto Rico and Brooklyn's Chinatown and is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City. It is just less than 20 minutes away from Downtown Brooklyn. Sunset Park is a place for all families to come and shop, and locals can be seen running errands in the heart of the neighborhood along 5th Avenue between 60th and 44th Streets. Its hilly terrain gives magnificent views of Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan, Staten Island, Jersey City and the nearby Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Besides the Hispanic part of the neighborhood filled with families of Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican and other backgrounds, the Chinese also put Sunset Park on the map with its countless Chinese restaurants found on 8th Avenue between 60th and 40th Streets.
- Borough Park contains the biggest Chasidic Jewish community in the city. You will see lots of kosher foods on sale, and shops that are closed every Friday night and Saturday but open on Sunday, due to religious rules. If these things are unfamiliar to you, a trip to Borough Park may be worthwhile.
- Kensington is located south of Prospect Park. It is the most diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn and is one of the most diverse in the United States. It is one of the "up and coming" neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Many new trendy restaurants and boutiques have opened, making this neighborhood a hotspot. It is served by the F and G trains at Church Avenue, and the Q train at Beverly Road and Cortelyou Road.
- Bay Ridge has traditionally been a residential Irish-Italian-Norwegian neighborhood, but recently has seen an influx of Arab, Asian and Russian families as well. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects to here from Staten Island, and Fort Hamilton, a United States Army Base, is here as well. There is a great variety of good values in food to be had in this neighborhood, especially on 3rd Avenue. The neighborhood is also one of the top bar areas in the non-downtown area of Brooklyn.
- Bensonhurst used to be Italian as far as the eye could see, but it now contains Albanian, Pakistani, Korean, Chinese, Mexican, and many Eastern European immigrants as well. Nonetheless, it is still the center of Brooklyn's Italian community and is one of the best-known Italian-American neighborhoods in the United States. The train runs above ground and it is a lively place with an Old New York feel. Many of the best "unknown" restaurants in Brooklyn (known locally but often ignored by the Manhattan-based establishment) can be found in Bensonhurst. Get there by taking the D train to 18th or 20th Avenues or Bay Parkway.
By subwayFor Green-Wood Cemetery itself, the best trains to take are either the D to 9th Avenue or the F to Fort Hamilton Parkway.
The D serves the center of the district, including Borough Park and Bensonhurst before continuing to Coney Island, while the N serves Dyker Heights after splitting off from the R in Sunset Park. The R terminates in Bay Ridge.
By busThe X27/X37 and X28/X38 express buses also serve this area.
By carThe Verrazano-Narrows Bridge takes you to Bay Ridge from Staten Island.
phone: +1 718 768-7300address: main entrance at 500 25th St
Owl's Head ParkThe park is good for a walk, and you can follow the path toward the water which takes you to the pier and a bunch of park stuff along the water towards the verazano bridge. Those are all really refreshing walks.
phone: +1 718 630-4349address: 230 Sheridan LoopA collection of military artifacts relating to the defense of America's harbors located inside still-working Fort Hamilton. Since the museum is located within an active US Army post, foreign visitors are not permitted. All visitors must have an ID.
Christmas Lights at Dyker HeightsAbout 10 blocks, centered around the "Candy Cane House" on 84th and 12th. During the holiday season the locals bring up the most spectacular decorations do a Flickr or Google image search yourself and see! There's the house with the giant snowman, the house with the giant nutcrackers, the house with Winnie and Shrek, and the Toyland house with the animatronic reindeer. Go on a Friday or Saturday night, between 7 and 10. It'll put the Christmas spirit in you.
Fei Long Marketphone: +1 718 680-0118address: 6301 8th AveAn absolutely massive shop selling all manner of Chinese ingredients, including a very good produce section. Can be extremely crowded, though, so go in the off hours.
8th Avenue (or Third Chinatown)Stretching from 50th Street to 62nd Street, the avenue holds its own against Canal Street and Flushing. Fancy gourmet restaurants to alleyway noodle shops, Malaysian to Vietnamese and fare from every Chinese province, the neighborhood has it all. The area is particularly known as a nexus for immigrants from Fujian province.
Bay RidgeThe neighborhood's main thoroughfares are 3rd Ave, 5th Ave and 86th Street. Whether you're looking for shops, cafes, restaurants or nightlife you can probably find it on one of those streets.
address: 9124 3rd StreetAmazing Italian sandwiches and a great bakery too
Gino's RestaurantPopular local Italian restaurant with great pasta.
Nicky and Rocky'sPizza place with good slices.
Grandma'sPizza place with good slices and pretty good cheap pasta, and garlic knots are delicious for a dollar there.
HazarA good kabob place.
Burger BistroGourmet burgers, a little pricey though.
Bay ThaiRich Thai food.
Taj MahalA really good Indian place.
The Brooklyn MarketThis is the place to get groceries; it's a grocery store with organic and otherwise fancy foods.
Il Colosseophone: +1 718 234-3663address: 7704 18th AveOld-school Italian-American food. Made with fresh, quality ingredients, and delicious.
phone: +1 718 331-8430address: 7001 18th AveWonderfully delicious Italian pastries - particularly Sicilian ones - and helpful, unaffected service. No place to sit, so get some items to go. Very inexpensive, too: A couple of pastries will cost you about $5.50.
Best Western Gregory Hotel Brooklynphone: +1 718 238-3737address: 8315 4th Ave
phone: +1 718 871-8100address: 1206 48th St
phone: +1 718-604-7300address: 1324 Atlantic Avenue100% non-smoking.
phone: +1 718 748-5709address: 7223 Ridge Blvd
phone: +1 718 437-4085address: 1265 43rd St
phone: +1 718 748-6261address: 8202 13th Ave
phone: +1 718 748-6919address: 9424 4th Ave
phone: +1 718 435-9431address: 410 Ditmas Ave
phone: +1 718 256-2117address: 1702 60th St
phone: +1 718 748-8001address: 6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy
phone: +1 718 236-4086address: 1743 86th St
phone: +1 718 331-2962address: 5902 23rd Ave
phone: +1 718 567-2806address: 5108 4th Ave