Skyline of Downtown Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn is in Brooklyn. In addition to the downtown area proper, it includes Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and the Navy Yard.


Get in

By subway

View of the Brooklyn Bridge, with Downtown Brooklyn to the right of the picture and the Manhattan Bridge in the background

Almost every line that runs in Brooklyn runs through here. The major station here is Atlantic Avenue (over by Barclays Center), the biggest station outside Manhattan and a major transfer point. The B (weekdays only), D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (weekdays only) all stop here. There's little to see around it, but if you need to change trains this is the place to do it.

Another major station is Borough Hall, served by the 2, 3, 4, 5 (weekdays only), and R. This station will put you near most of the attractions. Clark Street, served by the 2 and 3 is the station closest to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The A, C, F, and G also ply parts of this neighborhood, but transferring to or from them can be a pain (although transferring between them can be done more easily). The closest points to transfer between these and the lines stopping at Atlantic Avenue are at Fulton Street in Manhattan (which is a very difficult station to navigate), Jay Street/Metrotech (a new transfer has been built between the R and the A, C, and F), 4th Ave/9th St, and the Franklin Avenue Shuttle in Bed-Stuy.

By bus

Many buses connect Downtown Brooklyn with other neighborhoods of Brooklyn (see a PDF map here , and note the separate inset for Downtown Brooklyn at the upper right corner), but the B51 bus that used to traverse the Manhattan Bridge and connect Downtown Brooklyn with Manhattan was discontinued in the recent round of transit cuts.

By bicycle or on foot

Both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges can be crossed by bicycle and on foot. Wire mesh limits the view from the Manhattan Bridge, and you will be repeatedly rattled by crossing subways, so the Brooklyn Bridge is much more recommended for pedestrians.


Brooklyn Borough Hall


Early 19th-century Federal-style houses on Willow St. in Brooklyn Heights







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Routes through Downtown Brooklyn

Theater District Financial District  N  S  Prospect Park Bed-Stuy and Flatbush
Midtown Financial District  N  S  Prospect Park Bed-Stuy and Flatbush
Theater District Financial District  N  S  Bed-Stuy The Rockaways
Midtown Chinatown  N  S  Prospect Park Coney Island
Midtown Chinatown  N  S  Greenwood and New Utrecht Coney Island
Midtown Lower East Side, Manhattan  N  S  Gowanus Coney Island
Long Island City, Queens Bed-Stuy  N  S  Gowanus Prospect Park
END Chinatown (weekends only)  N  S  Prospect Park Greenwood and New Utrecht
Queens Williamsburg  N  S  Greenwood and New Utrecht Staten Island

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