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Cityseeker Neighborhood Guide: Brooklyn, NY

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A handy guide for spending a day in New York's glittering borough.


Brooklyn

This former Dutch colony, named after Breukelen, in Netherlands, is now a major tourist attraction, being the second largest borough in New York City. Home to a diverse population, this part of the city is enriched with cultural diversity and is home to a myriad of cultural events. Visit trendy nightspots, tranquil parks, scenic squares, artsy museums and cultural centers or learn more about the history of the Brooklyn Bridge (which connects Manhattan to the borough). Call the Brooklyn Tourist Center for more details.

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Egg

Located between Wythe and Bedford Avenue, is a cozy little specialty breakfast and brunch restaurant called Egg. The spacious and airy restaurant is known for its Southern breakfast specials such as biscuits and gravy, country ham biscuit, duck hash, eggs rothko, french toast and many others. They also offer fine roast coffee and freshly squeezed juices to accompany a hearty breakfast here. The lunch menu has a selection of sandwiches and hamburgers to choose from, as well as breakfast items which are served all day. While you wait for your food, you can doodle on the white-paper table cloths with crayons provided by the friendly staff. Egg also caters to corporate events and is available for private celebrations every weeknight. A favorite among locals, the restaurant is ideal for lazy weekend mornings and family lunches.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This small but beautiful botanic garden features a Japanese garden, as well as the Cranford Rose Garden, herb garden, the Children's Garden, and the Steinhard Conservatory of indoor flowers and plants. In all, there are 52 acres and 12,000 varieties of botanicals, ranging from the tiny bonsai to the towering oak. Self-guided tours, individual classes and certificate programs are all available. Students come with your valid id cards, if you want to avail of a discount.

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Jane's Carousel

Jane's Carousel is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York. This historic carousel overlooks the Manhattan skyline. It was originally built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The carousel boasts 48 exquisitely carved and painted horses illuminated with 1200 lights. They also allow private parties, weddings and events especially for kids.

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Brooklyn Museum

Since the Brooklyn Museum opened in 1897, it has been one of the highlights of the city's cultural map. The exhibits are located in a building designed by architect Stanford White. Choose from among Pacific, African and New World art, Asian art, Egyptian and ancient Middle Eastern art. Also see the vast collection of decorative art, European, American and contemporary such as paintings and sculptures. The collection of Egyptian art is vast, and the American section includes pieces by masters Thomas Eakins and John Singer Sargent. This place is a must-visit for those who are interested in historical art.

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Fulton Street Mall

If indoor malls with their shiny floors, set prices, and cookie-cutter merchandise bore you, then head to the Fulton Street Mall for some shopping with an edge. As an outdoor mall that spans many blocks, the shopper can feel the well-worn, gritty cement underfoot before they coax down prices with business owners. Brand name stores as well as smaller businesses line the streets and offer visitors a wide array of choices. But don't be too overwhelmed by all the options in front of you, as barkers and flier guys shout out the deals of different stores, allowing for a very unique experience.

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The River Cafe

Situated on a barge beside the Brooklyn Bridge, this superb, elegant restaurant is where native New Yorkers and people who want to impress their dates gather for special occasions. With a spectacular view of lower Manhattan right outside the window and beautiful flowers blanketing the room, it all culminates into an incredibly romantic setting. The service is excellent, and the creative American cuisine is always in the hands of the capable chefs in the kitchen. Jacket and tie are required for men at dinner.

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Statue of Liberty

A shining beacon of freedom, Lady Liberty dominates the eponymous Liberty Island in New York, her copper-wrought form towering over the city's harbor in all its glory. French activist Édouard René de Laboulaye expressed solidarity with the United States on behalf of his nation, if and when the US decided to build a monument that would be emblematic of their independence. The Statue of Liberty thus was the creative culmination of French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel, and came to be an honorable offering from the nation of France to the United States. Designed to represent Libertas, a Roman goddess, Lady Liberty gazes proudly into the distance, her right torch-bearing arm outstretched toward the skies, while her left hand holds a tablet inscribed with the date of United States' Declaration of independence. Over the years, the statue has not only instilled a sense of pride among hordes of Americans, but has also been an uplifting sight for tens of thousands of immigrants who charted foreign seas in a bid to start life anew.

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Blue Collar

Blue Collar is the native New Yorker's secret spot to get a burger that is just as delicious (if not better) than Shake Shack, but without all the crowds of tourists. This tiny burger joint offers cheap burgers, fries and shakes in the trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg. In addition to providing superb burgers in a quaint spot, Blue Collar also delivers to your door.

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St. Ann's Warehouse

Located inside The Tobacco Warehouse, St. Ann's Warehouse is a popular concert hall where you can expect some power-packed performances that will move you. The St. Ann's Warehouse also boasts of a great lobby, good food and state-of-art sound system. This place can easily accommodate up to 1500 patrons and every spectator is sure to enjoy the obstruction-free view of the stage. The venue has played host to the likes of rock-and-roll legends like Joe Strummer and David Bowie and is an absolute haven for a music lover.

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Bargemusic

Bargemusic is an old barge converted into a chamber music hall. This recital room is now well established and prestigious, although many questioned the sanity of Olga Bloom when she decided to convert a humble barge into a place of music. Huge overhead beams, a cozy fireplace and cherry paneled interiors make for an intimate and safe ambiance. Visitors can watch musicians work their magic on the small stage, all year round from Thursday to Sunday. Find out about the different performances and make your reservations accordingly.

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Westlight

Westlight is located on the 22nd floor in the William Vale Hotel. This partial open-air bar serves tapas/small plates that feature specialty food cuisine from all over the world. There are high stools at the bar area, lounge couches, and chairs out on the terrace. With space for a total of 110 people, the venue can cater to private parties as well. They also have a rooftop area that can handle about 240 guests. The food here is very scrumptious with flavors from around the world. The bar contains a full range of alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks, but cocktails are the specialty here. Westlight is a must visit for an enthralling date.

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