Just across the East River from Manhattan, Brooklyn is bursting with great food, music, culture, green urban spaces, bars, art, and just about everything in between. There's no bad time to visit, of course, but as temperatures cool down after a sweltering summer in the city, the fall vibe in Brooklyn can't be beat.
What to do: This single borough has tons of variety, so explore the different neighborhoods, from Williamsburg and Fort Greene to Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Soak up the crisp fall air (complete with views of foliage to match) at Prospect Park or Brooklyn Bridge Park, visit the Brooklyn Museum or the Botanical Garden, go for a tasting at Red Hook Winery or Brooklyn Brewery, visit Smorgasburg food market, drink rooftop cocktails at the William Vale or the Williamsburg Hotel, or hit the beach at Coney Island.
Where to stay: For a real New York feel, rent an Airbnb in one of Brooklyn's hip neighborhoods. Otherwise, Williamsburg boasts some trendy hotels in the center of all the action, like the McCarren Hotel, the Hoxton, and the Wythe Hotel.
Where to eat: There are so many amazing restaurants, it's hard to go wrong, but iconic standouts include pizza at Roberta's in Bushwick or Lucali in Cobble Hill, bagels and classic Jewish deli fare at Frankel's in Greenpoint, and a white-tablecloth steak dinner at Peter Luger. For something special, don't miss a dinner at Olmstead, where seasonal ingredients are grown in the backyard garden.