Sights

These are residential areas, where travelers come mainly for restaurants and bars, but there are two places that might interest a visitor: a small community arts center in Boerum Hill and a free museum set inside a hundred-year-old railroad barge and moored off of Red Hook.

Sleeping

These overwhelmingly residential neighborhoods have no hotels (save for a couple of motels near the highway in Red Hook), though you can find plenty of rooms and apartments via the usual home-sharing services. You can get quick access to these neighborhoods by staying in a hotel in Downtown Brooklyn, immediately to the north.

Eating

Perhaps no surprise for such an upscale area, some top eateries can be found here – especially pizza restaurants and bistros in the traditionally Italian American neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. The majority are dotted along Smith and Courts Sts, though there are a few side-street gems around. Red Hook is the place to go if you're craving huge helpings of BBQ or seafood.

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Drinking & Nightlife

If you're after a drink someplace with a bit of a buzz and a social scene, head to northern Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill – you'll find a good number of these types of bars on and off Atlantic Ave and along Smith St. Head further south into family-friendly Carroll Gardens to find quieter places where locals congregate.

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Shopping

The area's best shopping is along the east–west Atlantic Ave, where you'll find clothing, housewares, artsy gifts and a wonderful perfume shop. Zig-zag between parallel Court and Smith Sts for more, including some small on-trend boutiques and some good thrift shops. Vinyl lovers should make the pilgrimage south to Black Gold in Carroll Gardens.

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