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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:25 AM   #1
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BROOKLYN, NY | MAY 2008

Today Brooklyn is the most populated of the five boroughs in New York City. It's also arguably the best known borough/district in the world. However, originally this was a Dutch town not affiliated with NYC. Named after a Dutch town Breukelen, it remained a city until 1898 when it joined New York City.

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These pictures show the downtown, the area of the former city hall, various official buildings and commercial highrises. There was very little development here throughout much of the 20th century after the construction boom of the 1920's and 1930's (from what I can tell by the architecture), while recently the activity has once again been on the rise, new towers rising and a lot more are planned in the vicinity.

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The building in the center caught my attention, quite unusual.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:29 AM   #2
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I was very impressed with this view
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The City Hall. Now called the Borough Hall I think.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #3
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Supreme court
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Columbus
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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:42 AM   #4
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Nice little park
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New tower in the background
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Quebec style?
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Bike lane...
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This isn't exactly all of it, but the weather was terrible and I would've died out on the heat had I not escaped for shelter from the heat.



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Brooklyn in the 1890's
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Old May 30th, 2008, 07:27 AM   #5
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Finally our third most important downtown comes to light in these here forums. There are definitely lots of gems gritty streets here and there, I like the place. I usually enjoy walking through the plaza infront of borough hall, it has this big open space feel with the crowd pushing by and the people high up on the stairs just staring at you(which can be uncomfortable at times haha). Although more street life would've been nice, these are great pictures nonetheless. You capture the architecture well.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 08:08 AM   #6
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Lovely tour Burislav
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Old May 30th, 2008, 12:32 PM   #7
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Thanks - your pics are a real eye-opener. Very impressed. I thought the skyline of the borough looked quite extensive from The Statue of Liberty ferry when I visited NYC.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #8
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Nice pictures, thanks for sharing
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Old May 31st, 2008, 08:50 PM   #9
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Thanks. It's going to get a lot better over the years when more skyscrapers will be added creating a truly a large city-like atmosphere, which a borough of 3 million should definitely have.

2015, if all proposals are realized, this is what it will look like:
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Old June 1st, 2008, 07:53 AM   #10
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Awesome pictures!

I never knew Brooklyn was so nice. Do you find any tourists there, or mostly locals?
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Old June 1st, 2008, 05:15 PM   #11
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despite the really good scenery and photography, all I can think of are those.............tits! wasn't that like indecent exposure?
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Old June 1st, 2008, 10:19 PM   #12
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No, there are no tourists there. It would've been a more popular place if it was somewhere in the middle of Brooklyn, I think. The way it is most other Brookliners have no reason to go downtown because Manhattan is one stop away. Although there is that Fulton Mall and Macy's there, so most people are there to shop. Don't know if they're local or not. But definitely no overseas tourists.
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Very nice pics, Brooklyn looks very urban.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 01:42 AM   #14
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Very nice pics, Brooklyn looks very urban.
It's just this part, most of Brooklyn looks very boring, unfortunately.
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I'd hate to disagree really. I've heard you say that before but I let that one slide, but no more. Brooklyn may lack skyscrapers but that doesn't mean it looks all boring (okay, so the suburbanish southeast can be very boring but hey). What about the gritty streets all around with the crusty el's and the warehouses near the waterfront and the amazing architecture you can find in neighbs like prospect park south/park slope and the cobblestones streets of DUMBO/Williamsburg or Polish Greenpoint with views of Manhattan skyline. The list goes on baby...

Oh, btw, there are tourists in certain areas. Atleast in Downtown Brooklyn I saw several tourist buses, yeah those double decker ones.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 04:32 PM   #16
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There are surely some exceptions, but generally this is Brooklyn:

Small ugly red brick houses mixed with 2-3 floors private houses


Of course it's not as bad as Queens where it's mostly all simply suburban. However, what is boring to me, may not necessarily be boring to you basically anything without skyscrapers and/or beautiful big buildings with interesting facades is boring to me.
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Fair enough. Those buildings are mostly common in southern Brooklyn though... you're right , they aren't all that interesting. The thing I like about Brooklyn is that it has pockets of interesting areas with great architecture. I'll take Prospect Park south for an example:
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Yeah, Prospect Park area is quite interesting architecturally. The Brooklyn Museum is a masterpiece, amazing building, could very well have been a Parliament building in a major European country. Brooklyn is diverse, so if you're looking for interesting stuff, you will find it, just as you'll find a lot of boring areas as well.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 03:32 AM   #19
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Beautiful photos! I love Brooklyn and Queen. They may be "suburban", but they are uniquely New York and they are very much so urban. A lot of people walk around in these areas, and that to me equals uranity.
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