Want to know where all the chic and successful New Yorkers (among others) are moving these days? One word: Brooklyn. Bursting with history, style and ethnicity, Brooklyn is diverse and has tons of personality. With approximately 66 neighborhoods (some in walking distance to each other) commuters enjoy less travel time than other New York City boroughs, which has made it the ideal place to be for newlyweds, families with children and singles looking for fun. Artists, musicians and professionals have flocked to the borough that offers more space for (sometimes) fewer dollars. Still not convinced Brooklyn is the place you want to move? You just might be when you’re finished reading this.
Year Founded: 1634
Population as of 2015: 2,636,735
Land Area (sq. miles): 71
Median Age: 33
Median Household Income: $44,850
Median Home Price: $788,529
Annual Weather Averages:
- High Temperature: 6° Fahrenheit
- Low Temperature: 3° Fahrenheit
- Rainfall: 76 inches
- Snowfall: 24 inches
Notable Employment Facts: Job growth has been around 20%, which is nearly twice the rate as other areas of New York City. Healthcare and the retail industry supply approximately half the jobs in Brooklyn.
Major Employers: Walmart, Amplify, JP Morgan Chase
Colleges and Universities:
Nearest Major City: A borough of New York City, Brooklyn, with its 2.5 million (and growing) residents, would be the country’s 4th largest city if it was independent.
Local Radio Stations:
- WBMP (92.3) Top 40
- W252CS (98.3) Ethnic
Public Transit: Long Island Rail Road, MTA subways and buses.
Event-full Parks and Recreation:
- Like music? Check out Canarsie Park. From opera to hip hop, it’s music to your ears year round. Prefer the excitement of sports? There are lots to go around. Participants and spectators alike revel in soccer matches, basketball games, cricket tournaments and more.
- Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for free movies, historical tours of NYC’s East River or go roller-skating, take the kids to the playground and even enjoy a quick snack and drink at the concession stand.
- At Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, you can ride the world famous rollercoasters at the amusement park, catch some rays or play volleyball on the beach, enjoy the antics of sea creatures at the Aquarium. There’re also ice skating rinks and a baseball stadium where the minor league Mets play.
- For a nature and wildlife experience that can’t be easily beat, visit Prospect Park Zoo and be sure to stop by the ice rink, hiking trails, tennis courts and dog-friendly areas.
Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:
- Open Wednesday through Sunday, the 560,000-square-foot Brooklyn Museum houses more than 1 million works, featuring a mix of traditional and historical pieces, peppered with creations from today’s most important artists. And getting there is easy. You can take the bus or subway, drive your car or even ride your bike; bike racks are provided at no charge.
- Catch a Nets’ or Islanders’ game at the Barclay Center, a multipurpose, indoor sports and entertainment arena where you can also see concerts and live shows. Past performers include Blake Shelton, Roger Waters and Green Day, to name just a few.
- See what riding a subway or bus was like in decades past at the New York Transit Museum. Board the 1960s World’s Fair Subway train, walk through vintage turnstiles, and take a seat on old-fashioned bus or train.
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