Brooklyn, un quartier à revisiter

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Brooklyn, un quartier à revisiter

Message par Didier » 18 avr. 2006, 09:51

Un communiqué sur Brooklyn envoyé par l'office du tourisme de New York :


– Boasting a Brand New Cruise Ship Terminal, World-Class Museums and Much More, this New York City Borough is a Top Visitor Destination –

All eyes will be on Brooklyn as the new state-of-the-art Brooklyn Cruise Terminal opens in Red Hook this weekend. With the addition of the new port, New York City’s cruise ship terminals are set to welcome more than 1 million cruise passengers annually, and Brooklyn will be a gateway for thousands of visitors to explore one of the city’s most beloved and storied boroughs that is home to some of New York’s greatest treasures.

“Brooklyn is one of the city’s most unique boroughs filled with sights that should be on every visitor’s to-do list,” said Cristyne L. Nicholas, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “With the opening of the new passenger cruise ship terminal in Red Hook, now even more visitors will have the opportunity to experience all there is to see and do in this marvelous borough.”

“Brooklyn is big, it’s diverse, and it’s got something for everyone — but don’t take it from me,” said Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President. “Experience for yourself our unique ethnic mix, our historic neighborhoods and architecture, our unique cultural institutions, our limitless variety of shopping destinations, and of course my personal favorite — the most delicious restaurants and eateries anywhere, serving every cuisine under the sun. From the new cruise-ship terminal in Red Hook to the amusements and beaches at Coney Island, Brooklyn is where it belongs: on the national and international map as a destination of choice for visitors from the region and beyond. How sweet it is!”

What’s New in Brooklyn

The new Brooklyn Cruise Terminal opens April 15 and will be the gateway to New York City for thousands of cruise passengers annually. The terminal will be the home port to Cunard Lines’ Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, and Princess Cruise Lines’ Crown Princess and Star Princess. Cruises departing from Brooklyn travel to England, Canada, New England, and the Caribbean. Brooklyn is also a port of call on the QE2’s annual world cruise which takes passengers on a 103-day journey around the globe.

Red Hook is the southwest Brooklyn neighborhood where the cruise terminal is located. Long a haven for up-and-coming artists, this neighborhood offers visitors a rich variety of things to see and do, day and night. Valentino Pier Park and Beard Street Pier walkway are the perfect starting points for sightseeing with its magnificent vistas of New York Bay and the Statue of Liberty. A stroll along Columbia and Van Brunt Streets, the two main thoroughfares reveals cobblestone streets, charming brownstones and an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, bars and restaurants.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Pl., 718/636-4111, ) in Fort Greene has grown into a booming urban arts center, bringing international performing arts and cinema to New York. In a landmark move, Robert Redford will bring an outpost of his legendary Sundance Film Festival to BAM this May with a series of film screenings, performances, panel discussions, and special events that bring the activities of Utah’s Sundance Film Festival to New York audiences.

Through May 28, the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000, ) will be the first venue of the traveling exhibition William Wegman: Funney/Strange. The first retrospective of Wegman's art in more than fifteen years, the exhibit showcases his work in all media, including photography, painting, collage, and video. The Brooklyn Museum is the second largest museum in New York City with more than 1.5 million objects in its permanent collection, including masterpieces from ancient Egypt, Africa and Asia, and revolving exhibitions of contemporary works.

Launched earlier this year, visitors can now get borough bargains with the Brooklyn Pass (877-714-1999, ), a 2-day passport that offers admission to Brooklyn’s top attractions for just $25. In addition to admission at attractions including the Brooklyn Museum and New York Aquarium, the pass also includes value-added features such as a free slice of cheesecake at Juniors and a complimentary tour and glass of beer at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Brooklyn Arts and Culture

Marvelous museums and performing arts spaces make Brooklyn one of the world’s premier cultural destinations. Plans are under way for the development of the Theatre for a New Audience, a 299-seat cultural facility designed by Frank Gehry and Hugh Hardy in the emerging Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District. The district is expected to house 15-20 cultural organizations once complete.

The Brooklyn Arts Council’s International Film and Video Festival (718/625-0080, ) takes place each spring. The event puts the spotlight on films and videos by independent, college student and youth film makers with screenings in various venues throughout Brooklyn.

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (80 Hanson Place, 718-230-0492, ) is Brooklyn’s first and only museum dedicated to the art of emerging, mid-career and established artists of the African Diaspora. Museum highlights include community-based programs that are fun and educational.

To learn about the fascinating history of public transportation in the Big Apple stop by The New York Transit Museum (Boerum Place and Schermerhorn St., 718/694-1600, ), which is housed in a historic, decommissioned 1936 subway station and features engaging exhibits like the Moving the Millions: New York City’s Subways from its Origins to the Present and Steel, Stone & Backbone: Building New York's Subways 1900-1925, a exhibition that looks at the building of New York City's first subway line.

Family Fun

Kids of all ages love to take a break in Brooklyn. Located in the neighborhood of Crowne Heights, one mile from Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (corner of Brooklyn and St. Mark’s Aves., 718/735-4400, ), was the world’s first museum for children when it opened in 1899 and it pioneered the hands-on approach now seen in virtually all modern children’s museums. Recently opened, the Jewish Children’s Museum (792 Eastern Parkway, 718-467-0600, ) gives kids the opportunity to learn about Jewish history and traditions in a fun, interactive environment. Permanent exhibits include a kosher supermarket and a discovery synagogue.

The great outdoors provides plenty of opportunity for bonding. Prospect Park offers fantastic activities with a carousel, the Leffert’s Homestead Children’s House Museum, an 18th century farmhouse; and the Prospect Park Zoo (718/399-7339, ), home to kangaroos, Gila monsters, and more. Nearby, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (900 Washington Ave. at Eastern Pkwy., 718/623-7200, ) is the perfect backdrop for family photos with the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Daffodil Hill, and Cranford Rose Garden.

Coney Island appeals to the young at heart with its legendary boardwalk, Nathan’s hot dogs, and Astroland Amusement Park (1000 Surf Ave., at W. 10th St., 718/265-2100, ). Enjoy thrills on the Cyclone, the most famous rollercoaster in the world, or rides like the Astrotower and Dante’s Inferno. Afterwards, head to the New York Aquarium (Surf Ave. and W. 8th St., 718/265-3474, ) and enjoy sea lion performances at the Aquatheater; or marvel at the jellyfish, sharks, beluga whales, walruses, and sea otters. During the summer, Brooklyn’s own minor league baseball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones (KeySpan Park 1904 Surf Avenue, 718-449-8497, ), take to the field at Keyspan Park.

Explore Caribbean culture at the lively West Indian American Day Parade (718/467-1697, ), along Eastern Parkway on Labor Day. More than 4 million people come out for this annual celebration featuring calypso music, colorful floats, and food from the islands.

Historical Highlights

Reminders of yesteryear still exist throughout Brooklyn. Dating to 1653, the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House Museum (5816 Clarendon Rd., between 58th and 59th Sts., ) is the oldest structure in New York State. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm April-October, the museum provides educational programming that showcases Dutch colonial New York.

Built in 1825, the Harbor Defense Museum (U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, 101st St. and Fort Hamilton Pkway., 718/630-4349, ) is on the National Register of Historic Places. Marvel at the military history displays of army uniforms, weapons, cannons, and munitions; models and dioramas of New York soldiers; and artifacts relating to Fort Hamilton and the defense of New York City

The Green-Wood Cemetery, established in 1838, spans 474 acres and is the final resting place for nearly 600,000 people including notable New Yorkers Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henry Ward Beecher, and Leonard Bernstein. Big Onion Walking Tours (212/439-1090, ) offers tours of the Victorian “City of the Dead” focusing on its legendary history and architecture.

Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street, 718-222-4111, ) houses the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn-related materials in existence. Located in a restored national landmark building, the Brooklyn Historical Society offers four floors of exhibits and programs including performances, readings, lectures, & activities for children.

Delicious Dining

Grabbing a bite to eat in Brooklyn is a breeze, with a variety of great restaurants throughout the borough. The romantic River Café (1 Water St., 718/522-5200, ) offers panoramic views of the New York skyline and harbor, and a fabulous menu featuring creative American cuisine. Nearby, Pete’s Downtown (2 Water St., 718/858-3510, ), has served Italian fare since 1894. Another Italian favorite is Mambo Italiano (8803 Third Avenue, 718-833-4432, ) featuring house specialties such as manicotti and penne vodka served family style.

Looking for the perfect USDA prime? Then make a reservation at Peter Luger Steak House (178 Broadway, 718/387-7400, ) in Williamsburg. In business since 1897, this New York favorite continues to draw in diners with top porterhouses, strip steaks, and filet mignons. Down the street, the Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St., 718/486-7422, ) offers tours and provides a selection of lagers, pilsners, ales, and more.

Have a sweet tooth? Indulge at Jacques Torres Chocolate (66 Water St., 718/875-9992, ), a factory and store specializing in handcrafted chocolates free of preservatives and artificial flavors. Or stop by Tumbador Chocolate (34 34th Street, 718-788-0200, ) where pastry chef Jean-Francios Bonnet creates fine chocolate delicacies.

Fill your belly as you take a bite out of Brooklyn on A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour (917-678-9733, ), the city's only guided bus tour of Brooklyn's best pizzerias. Taste the goods from top-ranked pizzerias while exploring some of Brooklyn’s most unique neighborhoods including DUMBO, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Coney Island and more.
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