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    A Beginner’s Guide To The Main Streets In Brooklyn, NYC

    Sure, you want to visit Brooklyn, New York City. But which Brooklyn, or which part of Brooklyn, do you want to see?

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    Brooklyn may be synonymous with “cool” across the world, but the massive borough (81 square miles) full of dozens of unique neighborhoods each with their own identity, is much more than the snippets seen on Girls or Brooklyn Nine Nine or that famous photo spot on Washington Street in DUMBO constantly popping up in your Insta feed.

    Just across the East River from Manhattan, Brooklyn is so much more than a lifestyle brand. Home to over 2.6 million people, the borough, yeah, has picturesque cobblestone streets, ivy-covered brownstones, and colorful, artist-filled lofts, but no single block or neighborhood truly shows all that Brooklyn has to offer. Brooklyn is quirky, creative, and delicious in the truest sense of the word. “Real” Brooklyn is different for everyone, so walk (or bike) through some of the most iconic streets to sample the best of so many parts of the borough, and spend time on the blocks that Brooklynites themselves venture out to every weekend.

    Franklin Street (Greenpoint)

    Bedford Avenue (Williamsburg)

    Starr Street (Bushwick)

    Nostrand Avenue (Bedford-Stuyvesant)

    Dekalb Avenue (Clinton Hill and Fort Greene)

    Fulton Street (Fort Greene and Clinton Hill)

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    You could spend an entire day on Fulton Street and still not have enough time to do everything. Start up at the cozy coffee spot The Greene Grape Annex or Cuban sandwich and grilled corn-on-a-stick go-to Habana Outpost, and then stop into Greenlight Books to shop and perhaps catch an author event.

    Further down the street, after you cross back over into Clinton Hill, you'll run into Sisters, an all-day, wood-paneled eatery that becomes a DJ-dominated dance bar at night. Next, hit up Otway, a funky and proudly woman-run restaurant featuring in-house butchery and two hidden outdoor spots: Outpost, which has creative sweet lattes and a spacious backyard (Wi-Fi included), and Doris, a small bar with a taco window and popular patio.

    Venturing back towards Bed-Stuy, turn the corner at Classon Avenue, and put your name down for a spot at The Fly, the hyped-up rotisserie chicken bar where New Yorkers wait for hours to chow down on a fancy version of something you can get at Costco. But paired with natural wine and all the sides, it’s worth it, trust.

    Getting there: G train to Fulton Street or A/C train to Clinton-Washington

    Atlantic Avenue (Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn)

    Smith Street (Carroll Gardens)

    Court Street (Cobble Hill)

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    Cobble Hill Cinemas defines this long stretch parallel to Smith Street as the Cobble Hill section of the neighborhood which still holds ties to its generations-old Italian population. The historic movie theatre is far from the 3D screens and reclining seats of this era, but that’s part of Court Street's charm, along with Marco Polo Ristorante (Pasta! In! A! Cheese! Wheel!) and old school, cream-stuffed Sicilian pastries at Court Pastry Shop. Cool Brooklyn girl-appeasing natural wine bar June and all-day cafe and MacBook central East One Coffee Roasters are some of the newer destinations.

    Getting there: G train to Carroll Street

    Franklin Avenue (Crown Heights)

    Did we miss your favorite Brooklyn street? Share it in the comments!