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BrooklynBrooklyn, New York is the most populated borough of New York City with approximately 2.5 million residents.  If Brooklyn were to become a city of its own, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States following Los Angeles, Chicago, and the rest of New York City’s boroughs combined.  As a resident of a small town of less than 5,000 people, this statistic is mind-blowing.

Brooklyn is composed of many ethnic neighborhoods including Bedford-Stuyvesant (African-American), Brighton Beach (aka Little Russia), Bushwick (Hispanic-American), Bensonhurst (Italian-American), Sunset Park (Chinese American), and Marine Park (Irish-American).  These neighborhoods celebrate the cultural diversity that makes Brooklyn…Brooklyn.  It has been said that “Brooklyn and Queens have been a worldwide example of poor immigrants getting along most of the time, often with better results than in their home countries.”

Brookly GardenWhen I think of Brooklyn, I conjure up images of a historically rich, architecturally fascinating – both old and new – concrete jungle as seen in the picture at the beginning of this post.  Just as Manhattan has Central Park, Brooklyn has Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with lush, fragrant, and beautiful plant life. There are many parks and playgrounds located in Brooklyn to serve as an escape from the concrete, the hustle and bustle of the city life, and a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.  I am amazed at the number of parks in Brooklyn and New York City in general. I guess it is because Brooklynites don’t have big back yards to play in, they need the parks to play and run around.

I have never had the privilege of visiting Brooklyn but it is on my bucket list.  I love the row houses, the abundance of parks and playgrounds, and the cultural diversity.  Have you ever visited or do you live in Brooklyn?  Leave me a comment on your thoughts and experiences in Brooklyn.  What places do you recommend in Brooklyn?

wikipedia Brooklyn Neighborhoods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn, 2013.