The 2017 ACC Basketball Tournament is being held at the Barclay Center in the heart of Brooklyn. Brooklyn is one of New York City’s five boroughs located at the western end of Long Island. One of the famous landmarks is the Brooklyn Bridge which was built in 1883 and connects it to Manhattan. With a population of 2.637million according to 2015 census it occupies a land mass of 71 square miles with water area of 26 square miles. A growing demographic and cultural diversity reflects the various cultural group found within New York City.
Things to do in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge – visit Brooklyn Bridge and learn about the history of the building of this bridge which was started in 1869 using 19th Century engineering, designed by John A. Roebling. Fourteen years later the bridge officially open up on May 24, 1883 and was the world’s largest suspension bridge.
Brooklyn Museum – not as big as the Museum in Manhattan yet it still has some interesting attractions such as a 4,000 piece Egyptian collection, which includes a gilded ebony statue of Amenhotep III, a large scale map of an ancient map of the cosmos on the ceiling as well as a mummy preserved in its original coffin. This museum also contain an impressive European art collection in the Beaux-Arts Court as well as American paintings and sculptures and others.
Brooklyn Flea Market – there is nothing more interesting than a visit to a flea market and not just any flea market but the Brooklyn Flea Market. Here you can find all kinds of unique items including antiques, vintage clothes, records, art and jewelry. Let’s not mention food such as Blue Marble organic ice cream, Whimsy & Spice cookies and Hot Bread Kitchen, can’t you smell it.
Bldg. 92 – Are you interested in history? Check out Bldg. 92 located what was once the Brooklyn Navy Yard now a museum showing the history of the shipyard center which peaked during World War II when it employed 70,000 people. This museum contains exhibits which show’s it’s history with examples of a number of massive vessels including the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and the Pearl Harbor casualty USS Arizona which was built here.
Best Restaurants in Brooklyn
Peter Lugar Steak House- In operation since 1887, this legendary establishment draws meat lovers across the Williamsburg Bridge to a tucked-away, wood-paneled room where giant portions of top-notch meat are served, alongside classic sides like onion rings and creamed spinach. Despite its location in one of New York’s trendiest Brooklyn neighborhoods, the Luger experience is staunchly old-fashioned (no credit cards and no frou-frou drinks!), in the best sense of the phrase.
Bamonte’s Restaurant - Bamonte's is Brooklyn's oldest family-owned and operated Italian restaurant, in business since 1900. They specialize in Neapolitan cooking and offer their customers an ambiance of Old World charm and service. Their specialty dishes include linguine with crab sauce, seafood fra diavolo, pork chop with vinegar peppers, mussels marinara and homemade pasta, as well as other seasonal dishes.
L & B Spumoni Gardens - In the land of floppy triangles, the square-shaped pizza is king. L&B Spumoni Gardens is one of those great historic pizzerias peculiar to Brooklyn, but L&B serves a uniquely satisfying Sicilian slice (familiarly called a "square" here): thick slabs of crust, with a layer of mozzarella below a hefty serving of tomato sauce and olive oil with a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano cheese. In a word: perfection. There's technically an adjoining restaurant at L&B, too, where you can get a selection of heroes, pasta dishes and other entrées—but why would you do a crazy thing like that when you can sit outside at the shaded picnic tables, gobbling squares and pistachio spumoni?
The River Cafe’- Few restaurants can match The River Café's location in Brooklyn, nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, peering across the East River at the downtown Manhattan skyline. And though it's been in business since 1977, owner Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe has been vigilant about always serving top-notch, luxurious food with inventive tweaks, like grilled dorade filet with artichoke puree and verjus vinaigrette, and locally produced foie gras, where the richness is expertly balanced by an apple-cider reduction.
Junior’s- Think of Junior's and think of cheesecake: chocolate swirl, red velvet, strawberry-topped... This creamy dessert is a veritable symbol of Brooklyn, and no trip to the borough would be complete without a giant slice from the City's most famous purveyor (since 1950). The huge diner (with locations in Brooklyn, Grand Central Terminal and Times Square) has something to satisfy everyone's cravings, from an all-day breakfast, to overstuffed deli sandwiches and 10-ounce steak burgers, to an extensive dessert menu that goes well beyond the local specialty.
Iris Cafe- It's not always easy to get a seat in this small, bohemian café—it's lovable, so everybody comes here, even from Manhattan—plus, people on laptops understandably don't want to relinquish their perfect, sunny perches. A hipster crew dispenses great breakfasts (house-made granola, sticky buns, eggs with cheddar-cheese grits), lunch (sandwiches with arresting combinations, sweet-and-spicy beef jerky) and excellent Stumptown coffee. You can also make a grocery run here for farm-fresh milk, free-range eggs and other assorted staples.