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Bensonhurst

A small, homey Italian neighborhood in South Brooklyn.

Bensonhurst, long considered an Italian-American enclave of Brooklyn, still holds on to its roots. Waves of immigration have changed its demographics significantly — with large populations of Asians, Middle Easterners, and Central Americans — but many of the restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores still have that old-school Italian vibe. The most popular spot is, without argument, L+B Spumoni Gardens. This pizza joint opened in 1939 and has served the city’s best Sicilian slice ever since. (That’s a square slice of pizza with cheese on bottom and the sauce on top.) Top it off with spumoni -- an Italian ice with chocolate, strawberry and pistachio flavors -- and you’re officially living it up in Bensonhurst. Photo courtesy of Aaron Landry via Flickr.

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Best Western Gregory Hotel
Bay RidgeHotels and motels

Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Gregory Hotel, a local landmark in Bay Ridge, one of Brooklyn’s finest neighborhoods. Guests enjoy the best of what Brooklyn and New York City have to offer. This historic hotel is located within one block of the countless local restaurants, bars, and boutique shops of Bay Ridge, a neighborhood ranked in the top 12 of New York Magazine’s Best Places to Live in NYC. The New York City subway is two blocks away that affords easy, direct access to all of the world renowned attractions of Manhattan, including Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. For those wishing to explore Brooklyn, the BEST WESTERN Gregory Hotel is the perfect starting point. Guests can take a stroll across the famous Brooklyn Bridge, visit to the Prospect Park Zoo and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, or even enjoy watching the borough’s first professional baseball team since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles by taking in a Brooklyn Cyclones game. The BEST WESTERN Gregory Hotel is your perfect home away from home. Guests will receive the highest quality of customer service and find unbeatable amenities at an affordable price. The rooms come with satellite television on 32-inch flatscreens and free wireless high-speed Internet access. A complimentary continental breakfast that includes locally-made Brooklyn bagels is served every morning. Entertaining is made easy, as guests can enjoy our Madrid Lounge, which has been serving cocktails since the 1920s. Those traveling on business will enjoy our 24-hour business center with printing services and our 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space that will suit the needs of any event big or small. The hotel is also conveniently located to the Maimonidies Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital and the Fort Hamilton Army Base

The Williamsburg Hotel
WilliamsburgHotels and motels

Located at the prime corner of Wythe Ave and North 10th St. in Williamsburg Brooklyn, this eight-story, 150-room brand new Hotel strikes the perfect pitch between spectacular service and style. The guest rooms are richly tiled-and-textured with authentic reclaimed materials, and the lobby bar and lounge area has a very classy-cozy feel. This mid-winter, the highly anticipated Harvey restaurant by Chef Adam Leonti will make its debut. The Williamsburg Hotel was designed by Michaelis Boyd (Soho House Berlin, Babington House UK) with a nod to the neighborhood’s industrial past by using brick, glass and Corten steel in its construction. The dramatic entrance through cascading stairs leads into a soaring bar whose art installation stops you in your tracks. Street artist Eric Rieger has strung thousands of strands of multi-colored yarn which crowns the bar. Other design highlights include custom toile-inspired wallpaper designed by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond featuring quintessential Brooklyn scenes and figures—from a Nathan’s Famous hot dog to a group of Hasidic Jewish men, to the late, great Notorious B.I.G. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass acoustic windows with Manhattan, Brooklyn and East River views, and design schemes vary from white-washed timber walls to deep grey distressed finishes with bespoke leather, brass, marble, and textured details at every turn. Rooms are thoughtfully designed with elements like a sitting table doubling as a tray for room service, open-windowed showers to create a loft-like space. Upgrades available to a room with a terrace with amazing views.

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Steiner Studios
BrooklynMusic and show venues

Opened in November, 2004 on a 15-acre site at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, the 580,000 square-foot Steiner Studios provides New York City with its first Hollywood-style (and scale) production and support facility. Designed to the specifications of producers and facility operators in Los Angeles, and supported by top New York artistic talent, Steiner Studios is a full-service, state-of-the-art “production factory,” equipped for start-to-finish production of major motion pictures, independent films, television, broadcast commercials, photo shoots, and music videos. As the largest and most sophisticated studio complex outside of Hollywood, Steiner Studios offers ten soundstages – including the largest (27,000 square feet) on the East Coast – ample office and support space, and abundant on-site parking. To meet the ongoing demand for production facilities in New York, Steiner Studios opened a new five soundstage complex, totaling 45,000 square feet, in March of 2012. The five new soundstages feature two or three wall cycloramas, silent HVAC, full pipe girds and adjoining support spaces. The new stages substantially increase the number of jobs in the film, television and commercial production industry in New York City. The historic renovation of the 7-story, 225,000 square foot building at 25 Washington Avenue was completed in November 2013 and contains additional support space such as mill shops, wardrobe suites, storage space and production offices.

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Getting Here

D train to 79 Street. Take the D train to 79 Street, and walk southwest on 78th St towards 17th Ave. Turn right on 18th Ave.

B6 bus to Bay Parkway and 77th Street. Take the B6 to Bay Parkway and 77th Street, and walk southwest on 18th Ave towards 78th Street.

B8 bus to 18 Ave and 77th Street. Take the B8 to 18 Ave and 77th street, and walk southwest on Bay Parkway towards 78th Street. Turn right on 78th Street and turn left on 18th Ave.

Nearby Neighborhood

  • Bay Ridge
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • Bensonhurst
  • Boerum Hill
  • Brighton Beach
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Bushwick
  • Canarsie
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Clinton Hill
  • Cobble Hill
  • Coney Island
  • Crown Heights
  • Cypress Hills
  • Ditmas Park
  • Downtown Brooklyn
  • DUMBO
  • Dyker Heights
  • East New York
  • Flatbush
  • Flatlands
  • Fort Greene
  • Gowanus
  • Gravesend
  • Greenpoint
  • Kensington
  • Lefferts Gardens
  • Marine Park
  • Midwood
  • Mill Basin
  • Park Slope
  • Prospect Heights
  • Red Hook
  • Sheepshead Bay
  • South Williamsburg
  • Sunset Park
  • Williamsburg
  • Windsor Terrace