I am a 45 year old (youngish)experienced independent traveller coming to NYC for 8 days in Sept. I already have accommodation booked in the East Village, but was thinking of spending 2 days in Brooklyn rather than just travel there. I like to soak up the atmosphere of a place rather than just do the tourist sites. I originally thought of staying in Williamsburg for easy access to cafés. The only hotel I found was Hotel Le Jolie which is slightly over priced for me. I have seen some quaint looking b and bs on the net, but I can't decide on an area. Would Carrol Gardens, Park Slope etc be better than Williamsburg? I want be be able to walk to interesting bars and cafés safely at night. I know Brooklyn is huge. I won't be sightseeing in Manhattan those 2 days, but somewhere with good transportation around Brooklyn would be great.