7 things to do in Brooklyn.
5 October 2022
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Brooklyn is a densely populated district of New York (2.7 million in 2020). If Brooklyn were a city, it would be the third most populous city in the US after Los Angeles and Chicago. Brooklyn was named after the Dutch village of Breukelen. Brooklyn was an independent city until January 1, 1898, when, after a long political campaign in the 1890s, it was merged with other districts to form the modern city of New York.
Today I will tell you about the things to see and to do in Brooklyn. Unfortunately it started raining heavily while I was there and I couldn’t see everything I wanted to, but I’m pretty sure it’s worth it.
Brooklyn Grange: Sunset Park
If you like everything organic and green, then you will definitely love this rooftop oasis with amazing views to Manhattan.
Brooklyn Grange Farm opened its doors in 2010 and it is a leader in agriculture and the largest rooftop farm in the country. It produces over 100,000 pounds of organic greens in a year. They have an open doors day on Sundays from 10.00 to 15.00, if you want to visit the farm and buy vegetables grown there. The farm organizes different gastronomic events, cooking workshops and even yoga classes. Their upcoming program can be viewed here.
Green Wood Cemetery
Green Wood is not just a cemetery, it is a whole park of hills, paths and ponds, filled with beautiful sculptures, architectural masterpieces and mausoleums of the XIX-XX centuries. The cemetery is a National Historic Landmark which was founded in 1838. Green Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in the US. By the early 1860s, the cemetery had already gained huge popularity and had become a prestigious cemetery as a burial place. Greenwood attracts over 500,000 visitors a year and is the second most popular tourist attraction after Niagara Falls.
You can discover Green Wood Cemetery on your own by downloading a map with all the important objects.
Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Garden
The Brooklyn Museum contains interesting collections of American Art, Ancient Egypt, Assyria, Asia, the Islamic World, and more. If you have already been to the British Museum or the Louvre, then this museum is unlikely to be interesting for you. The Botanical Garden was founded in 1910. Contains over 12,000 plant species from all over the world. Everyone will definitely like such gardens as the Japanese or the Tropical garden – this botanical garden is highly recommended for a visit. You can buy a combined ticket to enter the museum and the garden for $28. You can enter the museum almost for free by buying a “Pay what you wish” (minimum $ 1) ticket at the cashier.
Brooklyn Public Library and Grand Army Plaza
The Brooklyn Library is a quite popular library in terms of the number of visitors and it is an architecturally attractive building. The entrance is decorated with 15 bronze sculptures representing famous characters in American literature, such as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer or Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Historically, the territory of Grand Army Plaza was a battleground during the Battle of Long Island, the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War. Today, the area around the arch forms the largest and busiest traffic intersection in Brooklyn.
Let’s go to the south of Brooklyn to visit the famous Luna Park in Coney Island. A must-do thing here is to play game machines killing “Alien” or aggressive dinosaurs from Jurassic park! An interesting fact: even in the rain, Americans ride the rides and enjoy life to the fullest! We need to take an example, at least.
Surely, Coney Island will seem familiar to you, as the park has served as the scenery in a huge number of films, TV shows, music videos: Beyonce – XO, Spider-Man’s last battle against the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Woody Allen´s Wonder Wheel starring Kate Winslet…
The Brighton Beach area is popular for being home to a large Russian diaspora thanks to mass emigration from the Soviet Union. Brighton Beach is known as “Little Odessa” and “Little Russia”. The area is also known as the “land of dumplings, matryoshkas, tracksuits and… vodka”.
Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge
Finally, I suggest you watch the sunset on the Brooklyn side overlooking the two bridges and Manhattan – and New York will definitely remain in your heart forever.
The Manhattan Bridge is a creation of the architect Leon Moisseiff from a family of political emigrants from Latvia. The bridge was opened to the public in 1909. The Brooklyn Bridge is a project of the German emigrant John Roebling. Construction of the bridge began in 1870.