Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough with an estimated population of 2.5 million in the second largest area of 71 square miles. Rich in history and future promise, Brooklyn is a mix of old and new.
Brooklyn joined boundaries with New York City in 1898 and still maintains its unique culture and outlook. Distinct ethnicities and heritages thrive in the borough, adding to the rich kaleidoscope of experiences within its melting pot.
Progression and Vitalization
As Manhattan’s ‘back door office center,’ Brooklyn’s economy depends a great deal on the famous fellow borough. Only 44% of Brooklyn’s residential population also work within its limits; most of the remainder commute.
Three predominate industries thriving within Brooklyn include finance, high-tech firms, and entertainment. Complemented by a haven of small, family-owned businesses, and national chains, Brooklyn epitomizes employment opportunities.
Housing is vast and varied. The borough’s council continues to broaden its residential and industrial structure base, enabling expansion of affordable abodes, ranging from rooms, studios, flats, converted warehouses, apartments, condos, co-ops, and single family houses.
Brooklyn offers a legion of entertainment venues and attractions, only a few of which include:
- The Brooklyn Museum: The 560,000 square foot facility is the one of the oldest and largest art museums in the nation. Several permanent displays have earned world fame, ranging from its ancient Egypt art and artifacts to contemporary masterpieces. The museum is one part of a complex of 19th-century gardens and parks, including Prospect Park, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
- Coney Island: Located on a southern peninsula of the borough, the Coney Island mane is lent to both a neighborhood and an amusement area. One of New York’s oldest attractions, the amusement park claimed historical status as the largest amusement area during the 1880s to the post-World War II era. The area has seen development of several economic and tourist attractions, including MCU Park, home of the minor league baseball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones.
- The New York Transit Museum: As New York City grew, its public transportation system kept quick pace. Take a ride back in time and view old trolley cars, buses, and other modes of transportation that graced the city streets throughout the years.
Brooklyn gives Manhattan a run for its nightlife money with a wide array of clubs, restaurants, and theaters.
- Comedy Clubs: Home to several famous comedy clubs, Brooklyn offers those who love to laugh several venues for fun relaxation.
- Jazz Clubs: For jazz and blues fans, Brooklyn offers musical havens throughout the borough. Smooth sax tones to thumping bass, follow the beat to musical night spots.
- So Many More: The list of night spots and entertainment clubs continues on and encompasses more music, approaches, and settings for any mood.
Brooklyn offers so much to residents and visitors that virtually any mood, preference, and heritage can find a home in this borough. Expanding economics, housing, and a solid entertainment base provides long-lasting satisfaction to residents and visitors alike.