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City Island

Many folks in Brooklyn have fond memories of City Island. A slip of land just off the “coast” of the Bronx, City Island was – and to some extent still is – the seafood Mecca of New York City. I had never been and neither had my husband. So, on a warm Saturday, not too long ago, we went on a little road trip.

From our place in Brooklyn, it took just about an hour and a half thanks to traffic, but it was easy and quick enough. When I said before that City Island just a “slip of land,” I meant it. It doesn’t get much smaller than this little village.

There is one main street with several smaller ones jutting off of it and none of those streets are any more than about ten houses deep. Every road ends on the water and you get the sense that families have lived in those houses for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come.

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From Breukelen to Brooklyn – Brooklyn History

Before the Dutch colonists occupied the territory what is now Brooklyn in the early 1600s, it was home to the Canarsie Native American tribe who farmed the land and fished the surrounding waters.

During the following 400 years, Brooklyn’s rural landscape and forests were entirely urbanized to become the Brooklyn that we know today. The borough of Brooklyn is among the most populated areas in America and known for its rich history and diverse culture.

Brooklyn’s impressive history started long before Christopher Columbus set foot on the shores of the New World. The borough of Brooklyn is located at Long Island’s southern tip and besides the Canarsie Native American Tribe, the area was originally also inhabited by American Indians called the Lenape (meaning “the People”) that also included the Nyack Tribe. The Lenape planted and cultivated tobacco and corn and fished in the rivers in the area.

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How The Cobb Salad Was Born in Brooklyn

The Remarkable Creation of the Cobb Salad!

Well, it starts at our very own Hotel St. George in 1936! The hotel’s world-famous chef, Ennis Shalit (yes, the uncle of beloved movie critic Gene Shalit!) was playin’ around with some leftovers in the kitchen, and he came up with the idea of mixing some meat with some greens!

He liked where this was going, and he topped it off with a vinaigrette-based dressing he had previously concocted for another salad popular at the hotel, The Luscious Lehman (named for the then-governor of New York — unfortunately, the recipe for that specialty has been lost to history, but apparently bacon-wrapped scallops were involved!  Yum!).

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LIU Brooklyn Library and Scholarship Options

Long Island University (LIU) is a private higher educational institution that was founded in 1926 to provide affordable education to students of all sorts of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. In this post, we’ll look at the LIU Brooklyn Library and Scholarship Options. The school’s Brooklyn campus is recognized as highly diverse, and one of America’s safest college campuses.


The school is located at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues in Downtown Brooklyn. LIU offers over 500 academic programs at its two main campuses (LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post) and non-residential programs several other locations and has a worldwide alumni network of over 182,000. Tuition doesn’t come really cheap but there are several options to help you get educated at this top-notch university. Check out these options:

University Scholar Award

Long Island University’s “University Scholar Award” is available to both new freshmen and transfer students at the University. Freshmen are required to have at least a high school average of 92, and no less than a 1300 SAT score (480 verbal). Transfer students are required to possess an associate degree issued by a select accredited community college with at least a 3.75 GPA.

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First We Take Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, built between 1869 and 1883, connects Manhattan with New York’s most populous borough, Brooklyn. So first We Take Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge belongs to New York City’s most impressive tourist attractions. However, if you would like to experience a more authentic and less touristic experience, just take a walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. Whereas the Brooklyn Bridge was made of stone, had the Williamsburg Bridge steel towers to support the bridge’s suspension cables.

The bridge’s chief engineer was Leffert Buck who had earlier worked with the man who designed the Paris Eiffel Tower, so no surprise the two objects may have similar looks. Whereas the Brooklyn Bridge took thirteen 13 years for completion was the Williamsburg Bridge built in six and a half years, half the time of the Brooklyn Bridge, due to better construction methods and the use of steel to build the towers

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Must See Brooklyn Museums

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Phone: (718) 638-5000

Brooklyn Museum is definitely one of the best museums in New York. It is relatively small and concentrated and always provides amazing exhibits. You can easily spend a full day in this museum.

The collection is extensive and includes ancient Egyptian pieces as well as modern art. It is easily reachable from Manhattan as it is located right on the subway line.

Brooklyn Museum centers often on Black Culture and Feminism and doesn’t shy away from controversy. When visiting New York, this is a must go. Closed on Monday & Tuesday. Open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.(Thursday till 10 p.m.)

New York Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: (718) 694-1600

The New York Transit Museum is truly amazing. It is located in a real station and that’s just part of the fun, as you enter just like the subway. You will learn a lot about 9/11 and structural issues, but also the development of the system are addressed. You can marvel at great old cars and children are sure to love it as well.

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Barclays Center Brooklyn

Barclays Center is a fantastic indoor arena, a multi-purpose venue unparalleled in the New York City area. The Center is part of a business and residential complex development known as Pacific Park. Brooklyn’s Barclay Center is situated in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, at the crossroads of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Barclays Center opened in 2012 and has since set a new standard as the world’s most exciting sports and entertainment showcase venue.

The Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment organization is managing and controlling Barclays Center. This organization also manages the business operations of the New York Islanders and the Brooklyn Nets.

Also, the massive renovation of the historically important Brooklyn Paramount Theatre is overseen by the organization, as is the redevelopment project of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. When these projects are completed, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment will manage both venues’ operations.

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Williamsburg – Brooklyn

Williamsburg belongs to Brooklyn’s most exciting and popular neighborhoods and counts some 35,000 residents. In the past two decades, Williamsburg has become a highly influential center of contemporary music, jazz, soul, and indie rock, and it is known for its hipster culture.

The neighborhood offers a well-developed art scene, the finest restaurants, great music venues, and a vibrant nightlife, earning it the name ‘Little Berlin’, so go to Williamsburg and soak up the energetic creativity and young vibe that has characterized this mecca for the young and the creative for already many years.

Williamsburg is a bit of a mish-mash of vistas and cultures, and the Williamsburg hipster scene has transformed the area’s old industrial buildings into artistic centers, restaurants, the finest shops, and interesting music venues.

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Live music in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s Indie music scene is quite interesting, and that has resulted in a few phenomenal acts and artists during the past years. You can very well go to an intimate ‘it’ venue in Williamsburg, there’s plenty around, and remember, in case there’s no big name on the lineup, you may very well be able to see at least an up-and-coming star.

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N 6th Street, Brooklyn; NY 11211, Phone: (718) 486-5400

The Music Hall of Williamsburg is actually not really a small venue, but despite the fact that it has 3 levels, you still will have that intimate feel as the stage is never far away. From the outside, the venue also doesn’t look so big as the nostalgic canopy over the entrance gives you that nostalgic small-club feeling.

The Music Hall is a top-of-the-line concert hall that has a phenomenal sound system that is used by a steady and impressive stream of the greatest and the biggest stars of indie music.

The Williamsburg Music Hall is working with the exactly the same bookers as Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom, the exceptional Manhattan venues, so top-notch artists come on stage regularly. You can take the L subway to Bedford Avenue.

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Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is wonderfully average and empty. Inner Brooklyn is rather lame and ugly all things considered. The DUMBO area is nice, beyond that, the only state institutions built before WWII are nice to look at.

There was some great art by some dude who found random blokes on the street brought them into his studio and painted a portrait. The random person off the street would select a classic portrait, get his picture taken in that pose, then the artist would make a portrait of the person. Subversion of the past.

The first Saturday of each month the Brooklyn Museum hosts a free gala of fun! It was packed! I never thought that so many people would go to Brooklyn, let alone the museum. Apparently, TV hasn’t killed all American culture.

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