Brooklyn is the most populated borough in New York City. Its ethnic neighborhoods help Brooklyn maintain a distinctive atmosphere, which has made a significant contribution to American culture as we know it. Brooklyn has a little something for everyone, including historic American landmarks, scenic parks and beaches and an array of progressive arts and entertainment. The following are some of the most popular and well-known tourist spots in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Bridge links Brooklyn and Manhattan, allowing more than 150,000 vehicles a day to cross the East River. The bridge was completed in 1883 after 14 years of construction. It cost $15 million, and at least 24 construction workers died building it. It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country and was the first to use steel-wire cables. The technology amazed contemporaries at the time and was considered a cause for optimism.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Founded in 1911, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden features more than 10,000 species of flowers, plants and trees. Colorful and fragrant roses, lilacs and lilies make the garden a beautiful place to enjoy a summer day. The cherry esplanade, featuring more than 70 pink cherry blossom trees, is the site of the garden's annual cherry blossom festival. The Shakespeare Garden is a beautifully sculpted English garden. The garden also features a glass aquatic house with a large variety of tropical orchids, a Japanese garden and pond and bonsai museum.
Coney Island, a beach and peninsula in southern Brooklyn, was once the biggest amusement park area in the country. Coney Island features roller coasters, bumper cars, carnival games and the original Coney Dog, a beef hot dog topped with chili, onions and mustard, which is the star of the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Coney Island is the perfect spot to spend a summer day at the beach or attend a summer concert. Visitors can also stop in the Coney Island Museum or even attend a circus sideshow.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Founded in 1861, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is the country's oldest performing arts center and is known for its innovative performances. BAM is a nonprofit organization that puts on more than 200 national and international stage performances each year, many free to audiences. BAM features a diverse array of musical performances, including an opera and ballet, and has hosted many big names in contemporary music, including Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Mos Def and Alice in Chains.
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