Highlights of New York from the Perspective of Staying in Brooklyn
Here is a summary of the things we enjoyed in New York. Of course there is a lot more, and we saw only a tiny part of it all. I tend to like historical things, so that’s where my focus lies.
The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. At 560,000 square feet, the museum is New York City’s second largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works
The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum that is in the 560,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts building. It is one of the biggest and oldest of all American art museums. It contains a number of world-renowned permanent collections that cover a wide variety of cultures.
Everything in new York is close thanks to the subway system, and the Brookly Museum is no exception. From midtown Manhattan you can be there in a 30-minute subway ride. The Brooklyn Museum is only a small part of a larger collection of parks and gardens that originated in the nineteenth-century. Associated with the museum are also Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.
We didn’t have time for all of them, but I have included a few words, even though I have no first hand experience there.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
If you’re at the Museum, you won’t fail to see the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden right next door. Die hard horticulturists will find themselves in heaven. Plants are okay, but I wasn’t motivated enough to spend much time there. If you do go there, then I have been told not to miss the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Cherry Esplanade, which is a seasonal and always changing blossom display, the Steinhardt Conservatory’s exotic plant collection, the Lily Pool Terrace which is a large shallow pool of water containing dozens of varieties of water lilies, the Discovery Garden, and the C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum.
Brooklyn Public Library
I know, I know, who hangs out at the public library? I thought the Brookly Public Library was cool because of the Brooklyn Collection, a collection of a lot of old photographs that record new York history from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. There are more than 35,000 historical photos on display, as well as maps and drawings and related historical items.
The library is only a block away from the museum.
Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo
Real animals are really a lot more interesting than fake ones, but you can find them both here, the fake ones being located on a beautiful old carousel. On the carousel you will enjoy a collection of carved animals including 51 horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two chariots pulled by dragons. They were carved by one of the most renowned designers of carousels of his time, Charles Carmel. That is located in Prospect Park, as are some other natural attractions. Long Meadow is comprised of a 150 acre tract which includes 90 acres of wooded forest and a 60 acre lake. On the shores of the lake may be found the Baeux Arts Boathouse, an urban Audobon Center. The Boathouse is connect to and surrounded by a network of nature trails. In Prospect Park you can also rent pedal boats, go on an electric boat tour, enjoy nature walks guided by locals who can fill you in with tons of information, or even enjoy horseback riding on the nature trails.
And that leads us to…the real animals! In Prospect Park Zoo, you’ll find examples of about 80 different species living in a natural environment closely matching the worlds from which they come. There are about 400 animals under the care of zookeepers in Prospect Park.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Take your children to Brower Park! Have you ever taken your kids to a museum? If it’s not a child-oriented museum, you can be sure that they are probably not going to patiently wait while you enjoy the adult-oriented sights. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum includes exploratory and interactive exhibits that teach children about natural science as well as the cultures of the world. The Children’s Museum also presents theatre performances, concerts designed to educate children about diverse cultures, and special programs for very young children. And it’s interesting for adults too, having a collection of stuff, like almost 27,000 cultural and historical items about this or that.
Heart of Brooklyn
Heart of Brooklyn is a group which was designed to create a sort of cultural renaissance in Brooklyn. It is loosely organized with the above mentioned groups. Heart of Brooklyn also operates a free trolley service to interconnect all of these Brooklyn attractions. It is funded by the President’s Office of the Brooklyn Borough, and connects Prospect Park, Wollman Center, Rink, The Brooklyn Public Library, The Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and The Brooklyn Museum.