Visiting “The People’s Playground,” “The Hippest Neighborhood on Earth” and the Caribbean in one day doesn’t have to be hard or cost a fortune – just come to Brooklyn.

Whether your holiday lasts a day or a week, there’s no reason to head to downtown Manhattan or Paris when you could stroll through Williamsburg or DUMBO or take a trip to Long Island or California instead of having a blast at Coney Island’s amusement parks, boardwalk and beach.

Want to experience a myriad of cultures without hopping from country to country? Brooklyn is home to the Caribbean Capital of America in Flatbush, Chinatown in Sunset Park, a sizeable Latino population in Bushwick, the traditional Greek and Italian enclaves in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, and a substantial Polish community in Greenpoint.

The world is here, and with Explore Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Chamber has put it right in the palm of your hand.

Explore Brooklyn is the borough’s leading tourism website – a complete resource for Brooklyn dining, events, shopping, attractions, and more. The website ( is designed to help both New Yorkers and visitors of all ages find the very best of Brooklyn, discover its neighborhoods and give local businesses and attractions an easy-to-use tool to promote themselves in a seamless social environment.

Brooklyn is a tourist destination that definitely stands on its own. Roughly 20 percent of all tourists to New York City already visit Brooklyn, and that number is growing by the minute. With more than 30 hotels and over 3,500 rooms already available in the borough – and another 20 projects in the pipeline – there are more than enough options to satisfy anyone’s preference. Soon, you’ll even be able to book your stay and purchase Brooklyn-themed tours through Explore Brooklyn.

Brooklyn-made products provide shopping options of the highest quality, and are in demand in markets across the planet. Visitors have access to numerous first-class attractions – sporting events and shows at the Barclays Center, the Cyclones at MCU Park, performances at the Kings Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the New York Aquarium, to name just a few – and an abundance of premier restaurants specializing in countless international cuisines. With Explore Brooklyn, you can find all the best shops for locally made goods, view lists of restaurants categorized by community and culture, and scroll through all the coolest events happening in the borough during your stay.

So if you need a break and want to travel the world, there’s no need to traverse the globe – the County of Kings already has it all and it’s at your fingertips with Explore Brooklyn.  


Carlo Scissura is the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.