How many of you have found yourselves grooving to songs about New York? Indeed there is no count to the number of popular tunes that celebrate the energy and spirit of the city. The world’s leading metropolis in all matters, ranging from commerce to food and fashion, New York City caters to every taste.

The second-largest borough of this happening city—Brooklyn—is one such pick for off-beat tourists. With stay options ranging from hostels to boutique hotels such as the Condor, you can explore Brooklyn at your own pace and budget. This borough can bring out a completely different and refreshing side of New York, away from the crowd and traffic. Here are some reasons why you must definitely wander Brooklyn.

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Welcome Break from Vehicles

If you really want to experience the aura and spirit of Brooklyn, you have to give your motor vehicles a break. The best way to explore Brooklyn NYC is either on a bike or by taking walks.

There are abundant shops at almost every street corner that offer bikes for rent. They also provide the riders with safety gear such as helmets. For the walking tribe, many routes have already been charted by the Brooklyn frequenters. Each of these routes passes through historic locations and other spots catering to specific interests.

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Walking is the best way to explore Brooklyn. Photo by Sean Pavone via iStock by Getty Images

You can review these routes ahead and choose one that appeals to your interests. All the streets have been properly marked, and you can also use GPS to identify the routes.

Missed The Greens? They're Here

If you have spent some time amidst the concrete jungle of NYC, it is natural to miss the greenery. While Central Park may be too crowded for your taste, there is always plenty of room in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Though relatively smaller in size, there is no shortage of greenery.

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Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Photo by AbhayK via iStock by Getty Images

Sitting amidst the Fort Greene Park and Brooklyn Botanical Garden, you can throw down a blanket here and relax.

Tune into the Coolest Music

Did you know that the Brooklyn NYC streets have always been a part of the destination among upcoming indie and rock bands? Yes, this is one borough of New York that always has something to offer for the music fans. In fact, live music has become a part of the culture.

There are several small venues such as The Bell House and Brooklyn Blow that you can check out. Some of these places even offer fun games and activities along with the music.

Feast Your Eyes on Street Art

Are you an art fan? No, you do not need to buy expensive exhibition tickets or visit galleries. The Bushwick streets are no less than some of the best art galleries in New York. The graffiti that adorn the walls of this edgy neighborhood reflect myriad themes.

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You can find amazing street art in the Bushwick Neighborhood of Brooklyn. Image by teetasse from Pixabay

This is also one of the best places to capture all your gram-worthy photos.

Shop the Fleas

Want to lay your hands on some pocket-friendly items?  Then head to the flea markets in the streets of Brooklyn NYC. While the Manhattan fleas may be attracting larger crowds, the truth is Brooklyn has more variety. Even price-wise, you are more likely to make a better bargain here than in the other boroughs of NYC.

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You can make great finds at the Brooklyn flea markets. Photo by littleny via iStock by Getty Images

Both everyday pieces and antiques can be sourced from Brooklyn flea markets.

Apart from these, there are several historical spots and popular beaches that make Brooklyn NYC such a popular hangout. Visit Brooklyn today and add your favorite spots to the list! Be sure to check out more suggestions on Wander for what to see and do when you visit Brooklyn and other boroughs of New York City.

The second-largest borough of New York City—Brooklyn—is a great pick for off-beat tourists. With stay options ranging from hostels to boutique hotels such as the Condor, you can explore Brooklyn at your own pace and budget. This borough can bring out a completely different and refreshing side of New York, away from the crowd and traffic. Here are some reasons why you must wander Brooklyn. 

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