Brooklyn has become a destination in its own
right and has so much to offer, whether you are
staying just a few days, or much longer.
Brooklyn seems like a haven from the fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle, and has kept all its natural beauty, charm and sophistication. It feels like the hub, without the hubbub of Manhattan. And yet it is only just over the bridge. Alongside Brazil, Sri Lanka and Tibet, Brooklyn is considered one of the top places to
see right now. It offers a variety of lifestyle choices for both visitors and those people who choose to live here. Along the brownstone-lined streets, and amidst the greenery of Prospect Park, there is a cosmopolitan community very much with its own identity.
(otherwise known as BAM), which offers a wide range of entertainment throughout the year including theater, dance and movies. It houses an opera house, a theater and movie screens.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Brooklyn Heights Promenadeoffers great views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. The promenade, which overlooks the recently built Brooklyn Bridge Park, is the perfect place for a late afternoon stroll.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park,which sits in the shadows of the Bridge, has only recently been built. It includes picnic areas, several beach volleyball courts, a pool, a couple of snack bars, running and bike paths, and great views of Manhattan. From here you can also catch the East River ferry over to Manhattan. In addition, the park is linked to the Brooklyn Heights promenade by a walkway.
The Brooklyn Museumwas founded in 1895 and houses New York's second largest art collection with over 1.5 million objects from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art.
The Brooklyn Children's Museumwas the world's first museum dedicated to children.
The Botanical Gardenis situated next to the Brooklyn Museum, and features a number of "gardens within the garden". The garden has more than 200 cherry trees and each spring holds a special cherry blossom viewing festival.
Prospect Parkwas designed by the same people who designed Central Park in Manhattan. Attractions at the park include the Long Meadow, a 90-acre meadow, and Prospect Park Zoo, a large nature conservancy managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Boathouse houses a visitor's centre and the first urban Audubon Center, Brooklyn's only lake, covering 60 acres. The Prospect Park Bandshell hosts free outdoor concerts in the summertime. In addition, the park has sports facilities including seven baseball fields in the Long Meadow, the Prospect Park Tennis Centre, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and the New York Pétanque Club in the Parade Ground.
Coney Island,situated in the Southern-most part of Brooklyn and looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, is probably best known as an amusement park, although it has been attracting New Yorkers, keen to escape the summer heat of the city, for over 200 years. Coney Island has a broad sandy beach stretching all the way along the island and the famous Riegelmann Boardwalk running alongside it.
- Woody Allen (actor)
- Paul Auster (writer)
- Neil Diamond (singer)
- Rita Hayworth (actor)
- Jay Z (rapper)
- Michael Jordan (basketball player)
- Spike Lee (film director)
- Eddie Murphy (actor and comedian)
- Neil Simon (playwright)
- Lou Reed (musician)
- Barbara Streisand (actor and singer)
- Mike Tyson (boxer)
- Dog Day Afternoon
- Do the Right Thing
- Saturday Night Fever
- The Squid and the Whale
- The French Connection
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