Monday, October 19, 2015

Brooklyn bound

A friend from our tropical home was here visiting for a few days from the UK. Being water babies we were both happy as clams on the East River Ferry - off to traipse through Williamsburg and Dumbo in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs of New York City. It used to be and still feels much like a full fledged city with approximately 2.5 million inhabitants. If separated from the rest of NYC, Brooklyn would be the fourth most populous American city.  

Brooklyn is currently enjoying a period of expansion and affluence not experienced since before World War II. 

It  is now a world renowned entertainment center with a new arts district that includes a new art museum and the highly controversial Frank Gehry designed sports arena for the NBA's Nets. 

Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Brooklyn's Prospect Park as well as Manhattan's Central Park, thought his Brooklyn creation the finer of the two. 

Elsewhere in the borough, Williamsburg is a hipster neighborhood and burgeoning art colony, and Brighton Beach is home to New York's largest concentration of Russian immigrants. 

DUMBO is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Once popular with artists for loft space, it has now become popular with a richer, trendier crowd. 

A walk along the riverfront park provides a unique and unforgettable view of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the Manhattan skyline. 

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