The Five Boroughs: Divergent in Culture but Still a New York State of Mind

Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled

The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island are the five boroughs that make up New York City. These boroughs have their own flavors, neighborhoods, and personalities that they could easily be cities by themselves.

The Bronx is the birthplace of hip-hop; Brooklyn is home to the Brooklyn Nets; Manhattan has spectacular views of the entire city with Times Square entertaining travelers around the clock; Queens hosts the U.S. Open tennis tournament; and Staten Island offers many family friendly activities and attractions.

Corona Park

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Travelers who are closely eyeing their budget should consider Pod 39 or one of the other many New York City hotels in the boroughs. With extra money in hand, more opportunities exist to visit more attractions, cultural experiences, and sightseeing activities.

Spending Time in Nature in the Bronx

There is more to do in the Bronx than going to catch a game at Yankee stadium or seeing the world-famous Bronx Zoo. Van Cortlandt Park offers peace and tranquility in its surroundings. With over 1000 acres, Van Cortlandt Park is the third largest in New York City with playgrounds, a golf course, and lush greenery. After building up an appetite exploring nature, head over to Arthur Avenue for the real taste of “Little Italy.”

Become Immersed in the Culture of Brooklyn

As the most populous of the five boroughs, Brooklyn’s eclectic neighborhoods offers travelers a cultural history as diverse as the boroughs themselves. From Brighton Beach’s Russian markets and food stands to golfing, surfing, and hiking in the Jamaica Bay & Rockaway Beach neighborhood to DUMBO’s energetic art scene, Brooklyn thrives in offering a sampling of intellectualism on every street corner.


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Transforming a Little Slice of Manhattan

Everyone is familiar with Times Square’s theater district and glitzy nightlife. Take a walk off the beaten path and enjoy a leisurely stroll along Manhattan’s new High Line Park. High Line was an old elevated train line that ran from 34th Street to St. John’s Park Terminal until 1980. Planning and development over the past 15 years has turned this old rail line into a park that uses sustainable practices in its landscape.

Take a World Tour in Queens

Travel from South America to China to India and back again within 109 square miles. With 138 languages spoken and 100 countries represented, Queens has an ethnically diverse population unmatched in the world. Whether dinning out, shopping at affordable thrift shops on Steinway Street, or going out for a night on the town in Astoria, Long Island City, or Woodside, one thing is for sure, visitors will mingle among a crowd of people so diverse that one will want to traverse this “world” over and over.

Staten Island is Ideal for a Day of Rest, Relaxation and Photography

Travelers who are visiting from other boroughs or are staying in a Staten Island hotel can photograph the surrounding area from Todt Hill; the highest point on the East Coast. Photographers, don’t stop there. The Alice Austen House offers visitors insights and a rich history into one of America’s earliest and celebrated female photographers. Continue seeing Staten Island through the lens by capturing the waterfront, 9300 acres of parkland, and the Manhattan skyline.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He is based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

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