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Living in Brooklyn
Brooklyn apartments have become increasingly popular in the past decade or so, as the borough becomes a magnet both for Manhattan families seeking more space and light and sense of community, as well as for young professionals and creative types drawn to the artistic energy and grass roots, do-it-yourself culture that's become such a part of Brooklyn's character.
In Brooklyn, apartments are available in some of New York City's oldest and most elegant buildings. From the brownstones of Park Slope and Bedford-Stuyvesant, to the grand Victorian homes in Flatbush, to the early 19th-century red brick Federal houses in Brooklyn Heights. You will also find contemporary luxury high rises, converted warehouses, and homes of all size, description and budget.
Brooklyn has Landmarks and Culture that Rival Manhattan
Apartments in Brooklyn are available throughout the borough, from the recently hip enclaves of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, to the family-friendly areas of Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, to the secluded communities of Sheepshead Bay and Sea Gate, to the historic, leafy environs of Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights.
Apartments can be found near many of New York City's most iconic landmarks and most vital cultural institutions, including the Frederick Law Olmstead- and Calvert Vaux-designed Prospect Park, which features the 90-acre Long Meadow, the Picnic House and Boathouse, and the Prospect Zoo; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM, which hosts a huge variety of cutting-edge dance, music, and theatrical performances in its opera house and theater. There's also the reknowned Brooklyn Museum.
Other landmarks include the magnificent Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, anchoring Grand Army Plaza, which every Saturday plays host to one of New York City's largest Greenmarket Farmers Markets; the beaches and boardwalk of Coney Island, home to the recently renovated and updated Luna Park, and the world-famous, wooden, rickety-sounding (but totally safe) Cyclone rollercoaster, built in 1927 and still terrifying hundreds of thousands of beach goers and thrill seekers almost a century later.
Of course, lucky Brooklynites may have a view of the magnificent, John and Washington Roebling-designed Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in America (and, for two decades, the longest such bridge in the country), an engineering marvel that is also aesthetically stunning, and a site that not only attracts visitors from all over the world but is also among the most cherished and most heavily trafficked landmarks by native New Yorkers.
Did You Know?
Despite its feeling of openness, especially when compared to the skyscraper-dense Manhattan, Brooklyn is the most heavily populated borough in New York City, and it is the second largest in terms of area. That's right, more people live in Brooklyn than live in Manhattan.
Although the official motto of the borough is (translated from the Dutch), In Unity There is Strength, Brooklyn only became a part of New York City in 1896, and remains fiercely protective of its distinct character and social culture, both by second- and third-generation Brooklynites as well as the many newcomers to the borough who have fallen in love and made it their own.
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