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 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.
The Green-wood Cemetery is a phenomenally beautiful almost 480 acre park that was chartered by New York State in 1838 (on April 18th), and the cemetery was established in that year by Henry Evelyn Pierrepoint, and David Bates Douglass, the famous landscape architect, designed the original layout. The cemetery is situated on a very varied terrain and features four glacial kettle ponds and also Brooklyn’s highest point, Battle Hill, from where visitors have a nice look over Brooklyn. Ever since the 1850’s, the cemetery has continually been an important tourist destination and some 610,000 persons found their final resting place here. In 2006, Green-wood Cemetery became a National Historic Landmark.
When Green-wood Cemetery was opened in 1838, it was one of the first ‘rural’ cemeteries in America. It was situated in King’s County, outside of New York City limits, at what now is Brooklyn. Green-wood was meticulously designed and planned by Major David Douglass, who was very successful in transforming the almost 480 acres of wild and rolling hilly land into a beautiful symphony of art and nature. The cemetery’s landscaping by Douglas was so impressive and exceptional that Calvert Vaux used it as an inspirational source as he designed Central Park. Unlike the majority of American cemeteries at that time was Green-wood Cemetery created as both a a public green recreational area and a final resting place for New York and Brooklyn’s most famous individuals. By the year 1860, Green-wood had become such a top destination for tourists from all across the world that the cemetery was already attracting more than a half million visitors annually. To this day, tourists and locals alike are visiting the cemetery to see the astonishing family shrines and the impressive monuments to honor fallen heroes from the civil war.
Green-wood is stunningly beautiful, but there is more. The cemetery is the last resting place of many famous and infamous New York and Brooklyn residents, politicians, baseball legends, artists, inventors, entertainers, and quite a few generals from the Civil War. There are several tours available where visitors can hear touching anecdotes, heroic tales, and scandalous stories about the many notables that are burred at the cemetery. Just to give you a few names of New York’s rich and famous that have found their final resting place here: Leonard Bernstein (the world-famous composer and conductor), Dewitt Clinton (the sixth Governor of New York and U.S. Senator), Peter Cooper (philanthropist and inventor who founded the highly reputed Cooper Union, a famous Manhattan academic institution), Charles Pfizer (the founder of the pharmaceutical giant that bears his name), Elias Howe Jr. (who invented the sewing machine), Charles Ebbets (who owned the Brooklyn Dodgers in the period 1902-1925), Seth Low (the only person ever who served as both Mayor of New York and Brooklyn), and F.A.O. (Frederick Augustus Otto) Schwartz (who founded the world’s funnest store).
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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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