Coney Island’s Cyclone at dusk, as seen through the subway car’s window. Photo by Alex Knowlton.
What’s so Great About Brooklyn?
Brooklyn is a mash-up contrasts. Old and new, crowded and intimate, ubiquitous and unique. It has a relatively long history for a very young country. And its diversity reflects the future of the rest of the U.S. A lot of famous creative people grew up here and left, many others moved here only after they made their marks.
This 10-minute film explores Brooklyn as a brand, delving into the community’s culture, appeal, artistry, diversity and charm. It was created by Spike DDB in collaboration with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and The Myrtle Ave Partnership.
There is a lot to see and do, no matter your interests. For the visitor, these guides should help you to choose your own adventure.
“DUMBO” is an acronym for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It’s one of Brooklyn’s smallest and oldest neighborhoods and is now the most touristy, for several good reasons.
The River Cafe
If you’re going to splurge on one fancy, expensive meal, this is a great choice. Most of the restaurant is on a barge near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Reservations are strongly recommended and there is a dress code. If you decide to pass, at least look at the garden in front of the entrance.
The DUMBO Reflector
This 9 x 12 foot interactive sign can be changed with your cell phone, tell you the weather, and connect to social media. It moves to different locations but is shown here in Empire Stores, a modern mall of unique restaurants and shops, including the headquarters for West Elm.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
This park offers amazing views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Also, a ferry landing, piers with sports, Jane’s Carousel, Bargemusic, and year-round activities. Notable eateries from posh River Café to casual Luke’s Lobster are within the park, and many others are nearby.