By Dave Caplan.
These days one could argue that Brooklyn has shown more recent growth in opportunities, manufacturing, culture, up and coming neighborhoods and nightlife than all the other boroughs including Manhattan. Areas like Bushwick, Greenpoint and Bed-Stuy,which in the past were not considered desirable, are now hot. Real Estate prices in communities like Park Slope, Carrol Gardens and Dumbo are catching up to Manhattan.
Brooklyn is the most populated of our five boroughs with 2.6 million residents and geographically it is second in size to Queens. Culturally it is proud to be home to the 2nd largest public art collection in the US, at the Brooklyn Museum. The world renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has a 2109 seat Opera House and an 874 capacity theater.
Don’t forget about sports! The Brooklyn Dodgers played at Ebbets Field until 1957 when they crushed the hearts of their fans by moving to Los Angeles. Today the beautiful new arena the Barclays Center is home to the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. Next year, the New York Islanders of the NHL will make the Barclays Center their home also. The Barclays Center has also become a world class host to huge events and concerts like the Video Music Awards and is being considered as the venue for the next Democratic National Convention.
Ethnic diversity is also a staple in Brooklyn with 50% of the population white, 36% African-American, 20% Hispanic and 11% Asian. The neighborhoods reflect the diversity where you can also discover some of the best food in NYC.
Brooklyn has also had a share in New York’s history. The Battle of Brooklyn the first major conflict after we declared independence was the largest of all the battles during the war. The Brooklyn Bridge, the first bridge to span a body of water in NYC, opened in 1883 and nothing was ever the same.
Last week’s trivia answer-Bryant Park is on 42nd and 6th Ave.
Last week’s mystery photo-Parachute Jump at Coney Island