Easy, Efficient, Around-the-Clock Transportation
Despite the fact that it covers 79 square miles, it's remarkably easy to get around Brooklyn, as well travel to and from the other boroughs. New York City as a whole features an extensive public transit system.
Brooklyn itself has eighteen New York City Subway lines, most of which connect in-or-around the Atlantic Avenue transit hub, allowing Brooklynites to easily traverse the city 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The New York City public bus network also covers the entire borough, and there is even daily express bus service into Manhattan.
New York's famous yellow cabs provide direct transport throughout the city, although they are less numerous in Brooklyn. More common in the borough are car services, which pick you up at a location of your choosing when you order the car and drop-off anywhere you'd like to go.
As a result of the convenience and breadth of the public transit options, only 43% of Brooklyn households own a car. If you choose to have an automobile, though, there is on-street parking available throughout the borough, as well as numerous parking garages. In addition to its normal streets and thoroughfares, Brooklyn is served by a number of expressways and parkways, including the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Prospect Expressway, New York State Route 27, the Belt Parkway, and the Jackie Robinson Parkway.
Getting to the other boroughs by car is also easy. Brooklyn is connected to Manhattan by three bridges – the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges – as well as the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge links Brooklyn with the more suburban borough of Staten Island. Though much of its border is on land, Brooklyn shares four water crossings with Queens. Additionally, NY Waterway offers commuter services from the western shore of Brooklyn to points in Lower Manhattan, Midtown, and Long Island City, as well as tours and charters.
As you navigate your way around Brooklyn, you'll notice that it mostly has named streets, with the exception of parts of Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst and Borough Park, which have numbered streets and avenues. Numbered streets prefixed by "North" and "South" in Williamsburg, and "Bay", "Beach", "Brighton", "Plum" or "Flatlands" along the southern and southwestern waterfront are loosely based on the old grids of the original towns of Kings County, which eventually consolidated to form Brooklyn.