Being the largest of the 5 boroughs of New York City, Brooklyn offers a huge selection of places to shop, dine, and entertain oneself. With over 2.5 million residents representing 183 cultures, the 'City of Neighborhoods' has something for everyone! Almost every major avenue of Brooklyn is a 'commercial corridor', with stores and restaurants lining its sides - Atlantic Avenue, Kings Highway, Bay Parkway, and so on. Considering the scale of Brooklyn, and the sheer number of businesses that operate within its boundaries (over 133,000 by the last count), it's nearly impossible to point out specific places to eat and shop, without overlooking others. So, here's a review of Brooklyn's most popular neighborhoods, with a general description of what you can expect to find there. Ready? The Downtown area of Brooklyn presents the best selection and the highest density of shopping/dining/entertainment venues. Located at the 3-way junction of the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope, the Atlantic Terminal Mall is the local shopping destination - a 3-story powerhouse with large anchor stores (Target, Men's Wearhouse, Daffy's, Old Navy) and dozens of smaller shops. The mall complex encompasses the Atlantic Avenue / Pacific Street subway hub. The subway hub, which includes a connection to the Long Island Rail Roal, converges 11 subway train lines and over a dozen bus lines, making this area (and its plentiful shopping) very accessible from anywhere in New York City. In addition, the surrounding area is filled with a mix of restaurants, antique shops, furniture stores, and many other venues. In nearby Fort Greene, the Fulton Street Market is a collection of dozens of independent stores, offering everything from clothing to electronics. The surrounding environs are filled with a mix of restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment venues. Fort Greene is also home to the famous 'Junior's', whose signature cheesecake is enjoyed around the world. Just south of Atlantic Avenue lies the Smith Street - Court Street 'restaurant row'. Dozens of bars, clubs, sandwich shops, and upscale restaurants provide a variety of world cuisines that's matched only by Manhattan's famous dining districts. Following the map southward, we come to the quiet residential neighborhood of Park Slope. This area's two major commercial corridors (5th and 7th Avenues) showcase an amazing selection of upscale boutiques, art shops, gourmet food stores, and over 150 restaurants. Park Slope's coffee shops are worth a separate mention, as well as the several organic farmer's markets located throughout the neighborhood. Further south (and taking a right, around the 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery park), the neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn's own Chinatown, dazzles visitors with an array of Asian restaurants (everything from traditional Chinese to daring Asian Fusion gourmet), clothing shops, beauty parlors, and much more. Let's keep going south a bit more, until we come to Bay Ridge. This neighborhood is home to several major commercial corridors, culminating with the 86th Street/5th Avenue intersection, a 'shopping city unto itself' with dozens of major stores, hundreds of smaller shops, and plenty of eateries. Bay Ridge is famous for its Greek and Middle Eastern specialty food shops and bakeries, as well as the multitude of restaurants (over 200, we stopped counting after that) that will satisfy every desire - from a quick bite to a full gourmet dinner. Immediately to the east of Bay Ridge, the neighborhood of Bensonhurst is home to a multitude of Italian and Chinese restaurants, as well as specialty bakeries and ice-cream parlors. Shopping in this neighborhood is primarily found along the 3 major thoroughfares - Bay Parkway, Kings Highway, and 86th Street - although plenty of businesses are located throughout the neighborhood. Continuing along the Belt Parkway past Bensonhurst, we'll come to the picturesque neighborhoods of Coney Island and Brighton Beach, located on the Coney Island Peninsula. World-famous Coney Island is a tourist's paradise of amusements, shopping, and fast-food venues. Brighton Beach is a veritable melting pot of cultures (with Russian and Ukrainian predominating), offering a selection of European and Middle Eastern restaurants and gourmet food shops. Coming back onto the 'mainland', we find ourselves in the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay. Mostly residential, this area nonetheless provides some shopping opportunities along its boundary avenues and some of the internal thoroughfares. The 'hidden gem' of Sheepshead Bay is the Emmons Avenue waterfront district, located at the south-eastern end of the neighborhood. Emmons Avenue is home to several great restaurants and diners, as well as fishing-boat docks (cruise around the bay for a few hours, anyone?) and a multiplex movie theater.