Brooklyn, United States
Reams of think-pieces have mooted Brooklyn's hipster-overrun reputation, but the niche craft breweries, obscure-vinyl-stuffed record shops, treasure-trove vintage boutiques and colourful gaggle of young creatives have bestowed an exciting avant garde air on this borough, even as gentrification marches on apace. Elegant brownstones and graffiti-spattered warehouses are prevalent throughout, but each neighbourhood has a distinct feel, from artsy Williamsburg and Bushwick, to pretty and peaceful Park Slope. Manhattan is just over the Brooklyn Bridge, Queens over the Sufjan Stevens-immortalised BQE, or a you can join the crowd of effortlessly cool kids on the L-Train.However, Brooklyn has plenty to please: its parks are sociable spots where impromptu DJ sets kick off in the summer, its live-music scene constantly throws up 'next big things' and its diverse communities ensure a vibrant foodie culture.
When to go
Like New York, Brooklyn offers cutting-edge culture, and no-holds-barred fun all-year round; however, it shines in summertime, when residents pour into its parks and late nights are sultrily hot rather than bitingly chilly.
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PlanesJFK International Airport services most international and west coast arrivals and departures, and is 16 miles away. Several domestic airlines fly into LaGuardia Airport, just 8 miles away. Although close, travel times to and from both airports vary greatly due to traffic and time of day.
TrainsMajor Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Amtrak train routes (www.amtrak.com) run out of Penn Station.
AutomobilesWith an abundance of taxis and public transportation options available, a car is not necessary. However, for those brave enough to climb behind the wheel in New York City, there are car-hire booths at both JFK and La Guardia.