Brooklyn offers everything from great restaurants and nightlife, healthcare, education opportunities, city-like neighborhoods, and plenty of parks, museums, and waterside things to do. Jump on a bus or subway, and in minutes you’re in Manhattan with all it has to offer. If you’re moving to Brooklyn, here are some resources that will help you find whatever you’re looking for near your new Brooklyn home.
Mass transit is plentiful in Brooklyn. Local buses run every 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the route. You can also catch express bus weekday service to downtown Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan, which is a great ride for commuters. The Bus Schedules and Bus Map provide detailed information.
Subways run across Brooklyn and throughout Manhattan on a continuous schedule. Some lines have restricted service or express trains during off hours and weekends. The Subway Map will help you get around.
When you move, you’ll need to make sure the kids are enrolled in their new schools. NYC Department of Education provides resources for parents and families of K-12 students, including enrollment and programs available to new students. Family welcome centers are located throughout Brooklyn. They provide walk-in help for registering new and transferring students, and there is a welcome center location for each Brooklyn school district.
The website also has opportunities for parents and guardians to get involved in their child’s school. Parent/Parent Teacher Association is a great way to meet teachers and other parents in your district. There are also programs at the district and citywide levels.
Brooklyn offers a broad selection of colleges and universities for older students. If you’re not interested in enrolling, take a look at event calendars for schools near you for conferences, exhibits, lectures, performances, and training and workshop opportunities.
While you’re settling in to your new home, it’s important to have information on where to get immediate healthcare, should a medical need arise. Brooklyn has local neighborhood walk-in clinics as well as numerous locations for CityMD, and Minute Clinics, which are located inside CVS pharmacies.
There are many top-rated hospitals in Brooklyn to choose from, including:
- Maimonides Medical Center
- New York-Presbyterian Methodist Hospital | Park Slope
- Brooklyn Hospital Center | Fort Greene
- New York Methodist Hospital | Park Slope
- NYU Lutheran Medical Center | Sunset Park
- New York Community Hospital | Midwood
- Mount Sinai Brooklyn | Marine Park
- Wyckoff Heights Medical Center | Bushwick
- Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center | Wingate
- Brookdale Hospital Medical Center | Brookdale Plaza
On moving day and probably for the week after, you’re sure to be too busy to cook! Finding a great Brooklyn restaurant or takeout will be high on your list. There are too many choices for us to shout out just a few. Every type of cuisine in every price range is available. As tastes vary, you may be looking for the best seafood, take out, pasta, kid friendly, vegan, or burger, and of course there’s the famous Brooklyn bagels. We can help by sharing some website resources:
- The Hottest Restaurants in Brooklyn Right Now – Very current. In fact, updated February 2018.
- OpenTable is based on reviews, and you can make a reservation on the site.
- Zagat will let you search by zip code. Here’s a link to the best restaurants in Park Slope.
- Pizza is a popular takeout option – Brooklyn is arguably home to some of the best pizza in the country. Zagat has the Essential Guide to Brooklyn Pizza.
- Finally, check out Foursquare for the top 15 places for bagels.
Of course, it would be remiss not to mention one more thing. Read on for information on Coney Island, the place to experience the world-famous Nathan’s Hotdog.
5) Brooklyn Day Trips
Here are just a few favorite day trips:
- There’s always something to do at Prospect Park. Picnics, sports, festivals, horseback riding, jogging. Visit the zoo, the Brooklyn Museum or the beautiful Botanic Garden; all within walking distance of the park. Subscribe to the Prospect Park mailing list to stay updated on events.
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers the finest views of Manhattan. The walkway offers a great place to stroll with the family, and you’ll also see many joggers. There are a variety of great restaurants, such as the River Café, the Lantern, Ozu, and don’t miss Emack & bolios for ice cream.
- Coney Island has it all. Exhibits and performances. The amusement park…go on the cyclone if you dare! Fireworks every Friday night (in season) on the beach. During the summer, you should make plans to spend a day or two here. Oh yes, and have a Nathan’s Hotdog or two for lunch!
- Barclays Center opened in 2012, giving all of Brooklyn a local venue for sports events and big-named concerts.
- Brooklyn Academy of Music is a multi-arts center that has offered programs in theater, dance, music, opera, and film for over 150 years. In addition to performances, there are gala events, programs for children, and even classes and workshops.
- The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the oldest children’s museum in the world. They offer exhibits, after school and summer programs, and you can even have your child’s birthday party there!
Of course, you can go into Manhattan for the day, but do you think that’s necessary?