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Top 10 Brooklyn Attractions

Brooklyn, NY, is a city rich in history, culture, and unforgettable images depicting the American experience. What Brooklynite or baseball fan does not know about the fateful day when the beloved Dodgers left for Los Angeles after the 1957 baseball season? How about the city's glorious local attractions all of which are a part of the city's majestic landscape? The city has so much to offer in art, culture, and history.

The borough is the fourth large city in the United States with a population exceeding 2.5 million people. The city was independent until 1898 when it was established as a borough along with Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island to make up the City of New York. The wealth of immigrants that came to the United States in the 1900's chose this magical city as their own. Today the cultural community is vast and diverse. The ethnic groups that dominate this NY borough are Americans that speak Creole, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Many famous people were born here including composer George Gershwin, actress/singer Barbra Streisand, actress Lauren Bacall, director Woody Allen, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, author Norman Mailer, rapper Jay-Z, and many more celebrities.

The locals observe all of the Federal holidays and experience numerous celebrations throughout the year. Thousands of Federal and State employees do not work on the 10 Federal holidays including New Year's Day and Martin Luther King's Birthday in January, Washington's Birthday in February, Memorial Day in May, Independence Day in July, Labor Day in September, Columbus Day in October, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving in November, and Christmas in December. In addition, culture and heritage are honored almost every month with many celebrations and parades. Some of these annual events include the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival, Norwegian-American Parade, Haitian Day Parade and HaitianSpringFest, Russian Heritage Festival, Puerto Rican Parade, Bastille Day Celebration, Great Irish Fair, Hispanic Heritage Day Parade, 4th of July Fireworks, West Indian Carnival Labor Day Parade, and the Christmas Parade.

Residents are very proud of their heritage and culture and the many local attractions that can be seen throughout the city. Tourists and others are equally awed with visits to the historical landmarks and attractions. The top 10 most famous, must visit attractions are as follows:

1. Brooklyn Bridge

This spectacular one-mile long steel bridge is the top local attraction in the NY borough. The natural wonder, built in 1883, connects the borough to Manhattan and is a must visit attraction.

2. Brooklyn Museum

The second largest art museum in New York City is another top local attraction. This borough's museum dates back to 1823 with magnificent paintings and artwork.

3. Coney Island

The amusement area, around since the late 1800's, contains a variety of rides and games. Three of the rides are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

4. Fulton Ferry

This famous ferry is used by locals and visitors to cross the East River to Manhattan.

5. McCarren Park

This park is very popular with the locals playing kickball, soccer, tennis, and many other sports. The summers kick into gear with outside concerts performed by indie rock bands.

6. Botanic Garden

Founded in 1910, this beautiful garden is situated on 52 acres of land and is home to thousands of types of flora and fauna.

7. Academy of Music

Founded in 1854, this academy has grown into a flourishing urban arts center that puts on more than 200 stage performances every year.

8. Fort Hamilton Museum

This fort, named after Alexander Hamilton, was built between 1825 and 1831. This fort played a major role in the Civil War.

9. Promenade

This dazzling walkway provides a panoramic view of lower Manhattan. It is the most ideal spot to view New York City.

10. Barclay's Center

This brand new area seats 20,000 people and his home to the NBA Nets. Spectacular concerts are held here with the biggest names in showbiz including Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and Justin Bieber.

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