Today, Brooklyn is a vibrant hub of creativity and intellectualism, teeming with thriving industries and subcultures. Add to this the borough’s relatively long and illustrious history, and it makes sense why Brooklyn has several recognizable and noteworthy landmarks.
Constructed of marble in the Greek Revival style, this architectural treasure in Downtown Brooklyn is just a five-minute walk from NU Hotel.
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
One of Brooklyn’s major performing arts venues, BAM hosts a range of concerts, radio shows, and other performances. Home to the Howard Gilman Opera House and BAM Rose Cinemas, the iconic Peter Jay Sharp Building is a 15-minute walk from NU Hotel.
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Around the world, people hear “Brooklyn” and an image of the Brooklyn Bridge comes to mind. A visit to the borough is not complete without a walk across, or at least a glimpse of, this iconic and storied Brooklyn landmark.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
An ideal spot from which to admire the Lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the idyllic Brooklyn Heights Promenade is definitely worth an hour or so of your time.
Known for its Grammy Award-winning choir, the Brooklyn Tabernacle is a behemoth 1840s structure that serves as a non-denominational place of worship to more than 16,000 members. It’s just a three-minute walk from NU hotel.
17 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Bushwick Street Art
The neighborhood of Bushwick is home to dozens of examples of world-class street art. The colorful murals adorning the walls in the neighborhood change regularly, and many offer a sight to behold.
Almost as iconic as the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island is another Brooklyn landmark worth visiting just to see in person a site you’ve seen in movies, on TV, and on postcards since you were young.
Cobblestone streets, well-designed waterfront park space, and awe-inspiring views of the bridges, East River, and Downtown Manhattan make DUMBO a hot spot. The neighborhood hasn’t been a recognizable Brooklyn landmark for more than ten years, but it’s on this list for a reason. Make sure to bring your camera.
Grand Army Plaza
The main entrance to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza is another must-see during your time in Brooklyn. Most easily recognizable by the triumphal Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Arch, Grand Army Plaza is also comprised of the Bailey Fountain, John F. Kennedy Monument, and several statues and busts commemorating historically significant Brooklynites.
A few blocks southwest of Prospect Park lies Green-Wood Cemetery, a 480-acre plot of land that rivals the most well-known NYC green spaces for beauty and refuge.