Downtown Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn is the heart and hub of the borough featuring historic gems such as Brooklyn Borough Hall among a modern business district home to Brooklyn’s skyline, renowned universities like Long Island University and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and cultural institutions like Brooklyn Academy of Music.

There are also plenty of shopping and entertainment options, you can find shopping along Fulton Street Mall and City Point.

Neighborhood Highlights:

  • Cadman Plaza Park, situated adjacent to Brooklyn Borough Hall, features landmarks like the Brooklyn War Memorial and Korean War Veterans Plaza along with serving as a common gathering space for demonstrations and events.
  • Walt Whitman Park is a serene retreat next to Cadman Plaza Park named in honor of the renowned American poet and Brooklynite Walt Whitman. The space provides a contemplative oasis with its lush greenery and notable landmarks such as the Walt Whitman statue, just one of the few notable Walt Whitman sites in Brooklyn.
  • Dekalb Market Hall is a food hall at the basement level of City Point in Downtown Brooklyn offering visitors a gastronomic journey through a vibrant mix of international cuisines from legendary restaurants all around New York City like a Katz Deli.
  • The original Junior’s Cheesecake is located in Downtown Brooklyn. This cherished institution since 1950, is not just a culinary destination famous for its iconic New York cheesecakes but also a historic gem, having witnessed the evolution of the neighborhood.
  • The Brooklyn Tabernacle is famous for its worship services and Grammy Award-winning choir. Originating in 1847 as a simple, wood-framed structure, and has since evolved into a vibrant spiritual hub.
  • Masstransiscope is a hidden zoetrope by artist Bill Brand installed in 1980 and found in the New York City subway. You can find it by riding a Manhattan-bound B or Q train from Dekalb Avenue Station and looking out the right-hand side windows.