Brooklyn is New York City’s Best Borough
“Late June in Brooklyn is like the very beginning of a party-when the music is really good, but you know that it’s about to get way better, so you just do a little two-step before the real turn-up starts.” – Ibi Zoboi, Pride
Are you interested in travelling to New York City (NYC)? If so, do you know which borough to visit? Also, do you know which hotel to stay in when you visit NYC?
The straightforward answer to these questions and conclusion to this discussion is that Brooklyn is considered by many to be the gem of all five NYC boroughs. As for the question, which hotel to stay in, this Brooklyn hotel is the best option.
By way of answering this question, let’s first consider a history of Brooklyn as the borough’s history demonstrates its value as a top tourist attraction.
Brooklyn: A history
Wikipedia.com describes the origins of Brooklyn as follows:
“The settlement began in the 17th century as the small Dutch-founded town of “Breuckelen” on the East River shore of Long Island, grew to be a sizeable city in the 19th century, and was consolidated in 1898 with… [the rest of what is known today as] …New York City.”
Brooklyn (Breuckelen) was named after scenic town of the same name in the Netherlands. Its etymology demonstrates that the original name and its subsequent translation was made up of two words, “Broek “meaning bog or marshland and “lede” meaning “a small water stream dug by human hands.” The English Brooklyn is a combination of the same two Dutch words translated into English, “Brook” meaning a small stream, and “lyn” translated as “lake” or body of water. This is deemed to be the most accurate English translation of the word, Breuckelen.
The Dutch were the first colonialists to settle Long Island’s western edge, inhabited by Lenape, an American Indian tribe. This town was conquered by the English in 1664, just before the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
Fast forward to 12 August 1776, the Battle of Long Island (also known as the Battle of Brooklyn) was the first significant engagement fought in the American Revolutionary War. The British forced the Continental Army troops under George Washington off the historical battle sites, the Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, and Green-Wood Cemetery.
Unfortunately, the fortified American positions at Brooklyn Heights became undefendable. They were evacuated a few days after the Battle of Long Island, leaving the British in control of New York Harbor. The British controlled the whole of New York City, including Brooklyn, for the war’s remainder. And it soon became the military and political base of operations for the whole of North America for the rest of the war.
Washington’s early defeats in this conflict cast doubt on his ability as a commander; however, the withdrawal of all of his troops and supplies in a single night across the East River is a tactical move that is now seen as one of his triumphs.
Secondly, during the rest of the war, Washington headed up the mostly successful American Intelligent network. Fast forward to 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed between Britain and America to end this war. A consequence of this treaty was the British evacuation from New York City, an event that the NYC residents celebrated into the twentieth century.
Reasons why Brooklyn NYC’s best borough
This rather lengthy description of Brooklyn’s origins is relevant to why it is the best borough to visit.
Brooklyn is filled with historic sites and districts from this war. For example, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch monument on Grand Army Plaza was built in 1892 as an arch-shaped monument dedicated to soldiers who risked their lives during the American Civil War.
Another historical monument is the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims on Orange Street, Brooklyn. It was founded in 1847 and is deeply ingrained in the fabric of American history. Succinctly stated, it was both a place of worship and a stop on the Underground Railroad, a network of people that helped slaves from the South escape to the North and Canada.
The Brooklyn Bridge, the first suspension bridge across the East River, between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York City, was opened to the public in 1883. It has been open for almost 150 years in the same format as initially designed and built. And it is both a historical site and a functioning bridge where people can cycle or walk across from one side to the other.
Finally, immigrants started arriving in Brooklyn from the start of the twentieth century. Most of these immigrants were from Europe and settled in districts like Williamsburg.
During the 1930s, Jews escaping Nazism flocked to Williamsburg and established a Hasidic enclave.
During the 1960s, thousands of Puerto Ricans arrived in Williamsburg, attracted by the available factory jobs.
These immigrants from different origin countries founded what is now known as of multicultural district of Williamsburg. In recent years, it has undergone the process of gentrification. It is now an influential hub for music, fashion, food, art, and hipster culture: all reasons why Brooklyn is considered NYC’s best borough to live in and visit.
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