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The Brooklyn basics

Written by 25 October 2013 3 Comments

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Brooklyn. New York borough with flip flops, gardens, art graduates and brimming cultural variety, located a dirty and bumpy ride away from always buzzing Manhattan.

What were my thoughts about it before I got a chance to live there? For me, it was the kingdom of skinny jeans, eclectic arts and warehouses. Littld did I know that it would one day take my breath away, a little more every moment I spend here. It truly is one of the most inspiring places that I have visited.

On your holiday, you might start following Manhattan’s original beat without even noticing. Brooklyn on the other hand has an exciting but more relaxed vibe. It’s gorgeous. It’s big. It’s full of imagination and new ideas and the energy to make them happen. The day that I got myself to the other side out of the bridge, I never wanted to go back. Here comes a portion of Brooklyn’s basic information with a travelette twist. Whether you are just visiting or staying for a season or two, the borough salutes you with a warmhearted smile.

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1. Brooklyn is a large, and highly populated New York borough, physically located in Long Island.

2. It’s home to 2,5 million people, making it the 7th most populous county in the United States.

3. Brooklyn was once a separate city. It became a part of the city of New York in 1898.

4. 18 subway lines go through Brooklyn, connecting it to Manhattan, Bronx and Queens.

5. The most visited tourist attractions are Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, The Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and McCarren Park.

6. The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, is one of the oldest suspension bridges in United States. It’s 1,3 miles long, so consider heels twice. And look out for the angry bikers, they have their own lanes.

7. There is an easy access to Manhattan over all the bridges. The three musketeers are ManhattanBrooklyn and Williamsburg bridge. The water taxi serves visitors as an  alternative crossing option.

8. Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, Barbara Streisand, Rita Hayworth and Mos Def have been born in the area, among many other performers.

9. The cultural variety is extremely rich. The majority of the population is white, around 42 percent. (Statistics in 2010)

10. There is a huge amount of different neighborhoods. The most well-known districts are Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, Park Slope, Bushwick, Greenpoint, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn.

 11. The biggest African American community of the city locates in Brooklyn. Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York and Brownsville are neighborhoods mainly populated by African Americans.

12. The public bus system covers the whole area. An express line drives daily to the mighty Manhattan.

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13. The major sports team is NBA team Brooklyn’s Nets. Since 2012, they have played their games in Barclays Center, situated in Prospects Heights.

14. People are able to ride their bikes allover Brooklyn, and cycling is rapidly increasing. In my last post, I told you about the new Citi bikes- a convenient way of moving around.

15. The borough has several well-respected universities and educational institutions. Among them are Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Law school and Long Island University.

16. The greenest area is Prospect Park,  Brooklyn’s own Central Park.

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17. Brooklyn hosts the celebrated Brooklyn Academy of Music. The second largest public art collection in the entire country can be admired in the Brooklyn Museum.

18. Pizza is quintessential fast food. You can spend months figuring where to find the best tasting slice. My favorite one can be guzzled in Nice Pizza. Their cheese and eggplant masterpiece is out of this world.

19. Brooklyn has the pickiest women in the whole United States if you believe the data from Facebook-integrated Are you Interested? application. The application has over 70 million users.

20. The food is only an extension of the creativity. There are at least 19 different kind food festivals each year. Smorgasburg, a food flea market, is delightful and adorable nutrient-rich fiesta.

21. A long list of films has been shot in the area. Gangs of New York and Saturday Night Fever are good examples.

22. Brooklyn Brewery makes tasty beers, since 1988. They have very affordable prices, no need to pinch on pennies there.

23. The borough has several flea markets, some of them seasonal and some run year-round. Brooklyn flea is one of the most famous one. Never-ending vintage stores are part of trendy culture, and you shouldn’t expect to find dirt cheap treasures from them.

24. Used book stores and Brooklyn are a classic combination. Start reading at Book Thug Nation, located in Williamsburg.

25. 52 percent of the borough residents are females. Whoah, ladies are the majority in the hoods!

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Anything else you would like to share about Brooklyn? I’m all ears.


Sources to the text from here, here and here.

Text, Photos Rita Maria 


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  • Cheyenne said:

    Amazing pictures! I love all those little facts, there are so many things I didn’t know about Brooklyn.


  • Adina | Gluten Free Travelette said:

    Last year I got to spend a week living in Brooklyn and totally fell in love with it. Amazing food options for those on varying diets including some absolutely amazing vegan options. From now on when I stay in NYC, I’m always going to stay in Brooklyn.

  • Rita (author) said:

    Adina, I totally agree with you- the place is a vegan heaven! yummy yummy yummy! yeah at least for me theres no return to manhattan after brooklyn, its more mellow on the other side and i like it.
    Thank you Cheynne for nice comment! All those things surprised me as well :)

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