Over the past decade, Brooklyn, the most populous of the five New York City boroughs, has become The Place To Be in New York. Brooklyn is where creative, edgy, interesting and amazing things happen. Fact is that even Manhattanites need to admit that these days, Brooklyn really is the NYC place to be or to be seen.
Brooklyn was originally named Breukelen, after a small town in The Netherlands. If Brooklyn would have been an independent city, it would have ranked fourth in America with over 2.6 million residents. It is in fact New York City’s most thriving, electric, energetic, and culturally rich area, and the center of Brooklyn’s cultural and creative crescent is found along the East River. Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, and Brooklyn Heights, all competing for the label ‘cultural center’ and the actual ‘heart’ of Brooklyn’s hipster scene.
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The Brooklyn Museum is wonderfully average and empty. Inner Brooklyn is rather lame and ugly all things considered. The DUMBO area is nice, beyond that only state institutions built before WWII are nice to look at. There was some great art by some dude who found random blokes on the street brought them into his studio and painted a portrait. The random person off the street would select a classic portrait, get his picture taken in that pose, then the artist would make a portrait of the person. Subversion of the past.
The first Saturday of each month the Brooklyn Museum hosts a free gala of fun! It was packed! I never thought that so many people would go to Brooklyn, let alone the museum. Apparently TV hasn’t killed all American culture.
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Brooklyn is the second of New York City’s five boroughs. Brooklyn is continuing to break entirely out of the shadow of Manhattan rapidly. Brooklyn has a thriving music scene, and the nicest boutique hotels are appearing all around. If the borough of Brooklyn still would have been independent, it would have been the fourth-largest city in America. Brooklyn houses a great number of interestingly different communities, from the Polish communities in Greenpoint and Brighton Beach’s Russian enclaves to the pushchairs mamas of Windsor Terrace and the Bushwick arty punks. Brooklyn has so many attraction that need to be discovered and there are plenty of things to do. Brooklyn is fascinating so take your time to explore this great part of New York City!
Main Brooklyn Attractions:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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If you’re looking for a quit moment, a little peace of mind, a bit of quiet, check out this verdant oasis and spend some hours to relax. Start out at the garden’s Visitor’s Center, which is actually very eco-friendly and comes with a roof that has 45,000 plants. The Botanic Garden houses a few other Brooklyn gems as well, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden was established in 1910 and displays numerous types of flora over a fantastic park that spans 52 acres. Each spring, you can enjoy the Sakura Matsuri Festival, and huge crowds will visit the garden to marvel at over 70 trees that are blooming along the Cherry Esplanade. But don’t forget to visit the impressively serene Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. This was actually the first garden in Japanese style in the U.S. Also impressive is the Shakespeare Garden which features plants such as crocuses and primrose, frequently mentioned in the Master’s works.
Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210, Phone: (718) 951-5000
Brooklyn College was established in the 1930’s and is a beautifully situated 4-year college with Georgian-style buildings on a 26 acre location that includes top-notch art studios, lecture halls, classrooms, and science laboratories. The school’s students, some 1,350 in total, are really a highly diverse community who come from all across and the rest of the world. What drives and unites all these students is their dedication to success in their future. Brooklyn College offers excellent and affordable academic programs, and also offers great financial packages and scholarships. The school is included in many “the best career path” suggestions, rated among nation’s “best value” colleges and regularly receives praise for its beautiful campus location. Brooklyn College offers programs for undergraduate, graduate, and transfer students, from all over the world, as well as continuing education to students wishing to enhance their careers. The school offers numerous scholarships, so let’s take a look at a few of your options:
The school’s Quinque scholarship is an annual award available to excellent undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in Latino and Puerto Rican studies. Applicant must have outstanding community service or be excelling in academic achievement.
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200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Phone: (718) 638-5000
Brooklyn Museum is definitely one of the best museums in New York. It is relatively small and concentrated, and always provides amazing exhibits. You can easily spend a full day in this museum. The collection is extensive and includes ancient Egyptian pieces as well as modern art. It is easily reachable from Manhattan as it is located right on the subway line. Brooklyn Museum centers often on Black Culture and Feminism, and doesn’t shy away from controversy. When visiting New York, this is a must go. Closed on Monday & Tuesday. Open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.(Thursday till 10 p.m.)
New York Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: (718) 694-1600
The New York Transit Museum is truly amazing. It is located in a real station and that’s just part of the fun, as you enter just like the subway. You will learn a lot about 9/11 and structural issues, but also the development of the system are addressed. You can marvel at great old cars and children are sure to love it as well.
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2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210, Phone: (718) 951-5000. For who: They accept traditional and non-traditional students. My friend who is preparing online for the GED test. check this school and will apply here. She says that the administration in this school was very enthusiastic about her story of working hard towards the GED certificate in order to become their student.
Brooklyn College (enrollment 17,410 – 2015) is a senior CUNY (City University of New York) college that was founded in 1930 by the Board of Higher Education of New York City.
It started as the Brooklyn branches of Hunter College (a college for females in those days) in cooperation with the City College of New York (a college for men then). When these branches merged, Brooklyn College was New York City’s first public coeducational school for the liberal arts. Brooklyn College’s campus is renown for its beauty, and the school is often called ‘poor men’s Harvard’ as its tuition is very affordable its academics are highly respected.
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5th Avenue & 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, Phone: 718-768-7300
The beauty of Green-wood Cemetery (also referred to as Greenwood Cemetery) can only be matched by its astonishing art, impressive history, surprising architecture, and its numerous well-known residents. If you visit New York, and Brooklyn in particular, there is more to see than just the museums, and coming to Green-wood Cemetery is a must. Green-Wood was established before Manhattan’s Central Park and it was founded during the ‘rural cemetery movement’, a direction that promoted building cemeteries that looked like, and functioned as, public parks. In the middle of the 19th century, Green-wood Cemetery was a highly visited tourist attraction, much like New York upstate’s Niagara Falls, with more than 500,000 visitors annually. Everybody who was of any importance in New York wished to get buried at Green-wood, so the beautiful cemetery is home to many of Brooklyn and New York’s historical figures, celebrities, and inventors.
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Long Island University (LIU) is a private higher educational institution that was founded in 1926 to provide affordable education to students of all sorts of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. The school’s Brooklyn campus is recognized as highly diverse, and one of America’s safest college campuses. The school is located at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues in Downtown Brooklyn. LIU offers over 500 academic programs at its two main campuses (LIY Brooklyn and LIU Post) and non-residential programs several other locations, and has a worldwide alumni network of over 182,000. Tuition doesn’t come really cheap but there are several options to help you get educated at this top-notch university. Check out these options:
University Scholar Award
Long Island University’s “University Scholar Award” is available to both new freshmen and transfer students at the University. Freshmen are required to have at least a high school average of 92, and no less than a 1300 SAT score (480 verbal). Transfer students are required to possess an associate degree issued by a select accredited community college with at least a 3.75 GPA.
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Williamsburg belongs to Brooklyn’s most exciting and popular neighborhoods and counts some 35,000 residents. In the past two decades, Williamsburg has become a highly influential center of contemporary music, jazz, soul, and indie rock, and it is known for its hipster culture. The neighborhood offers a well-developed art scene, the finest restaurants, great music venues, and a vibrant nightlife, earning it the name ‘Little Berlin’, so go to Williamsburg and soak up the energetic creativity and young vibe that has characterized this mecca for the young and the creative for already many years.
Williamsburg is a bit of a mish-mash of vistas and cultures, and the Williamsburg hipster scene has transformed the area’s old industrial buildings into artistic centers, restaurants, the finest shops, and interesting music venues. The combination of modest attached homes and expensive waterfront high rises has created a very interesting neighborhood that is indicative of the “new Brooklyn”. Check out the following thing to do in Williamsburg:
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Brooklyn’s Indie music scene is quite interesting, and that has resulted in a few phenomenal acts and artists during the past years. You can very well go to an intimate ‘it’ venue in Williamsburg, there’s plenty around, and remember, in case there’s no big name on the lineup, you may very well be able to see at least an up-and-coming star.
– Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N 6th Street, Brooklyn; NY 11211, Phone: (718) 486-5400
The Music Hall of Williamsburg is actually more not really a small venue, but more despite thee fact that it has 3 levels, tou still will have that intimate feel as the stage is never far away. From the outside, the venue also doesn’t look so big as the nostalgic canopy over the entrance gives you that nostalgic small-club feeling. The Music Hall is a top-of-the-line concert hall that has a phenomenal sound system that is used by a steady and impressive stream of the greatest and the biggest stars of indie music. The Williamsburg Music Hall is working with the exactly the same bookers as Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom, the exceptional Manhattan venues, so top notch artists come on stage regularly. You can take the L subway to Bedford Avenue.
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The Brooklyn Bridge, built between 1869 and 1883, connects Manhattan with New York’s most populous borough, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge belongs to New York City’s most impressive tourist attractions. However, if you would like to experience a more authentic and less touristic experience, just take a walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. Whereas the Brooklyn Bridge was made of stone, had the Williamsburg Bridge steel towers to support the bridge’s suspension cables. The bridge’s chief engineer was Leffert Buck who had earlier worked with the man who designed the Paris Eiffel Tower, so no surprise the two objects may have similar looks. Whereas the Brooklyn Bridge took thirteen 13 years for completion was the Williamsburg Bridge built in six and a half years, half the time of the Brooklyn Bridge, due to better construction methods and the use of steel to build the towers
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