The city of New York is comprised of five distinct areas. The most densely populated of these boroughs is Brooklyn with more than 2.5 million residents calling it home. The city is a virtual melting pot of nationalities, religions and ethnicities. When moving to Brooklyn, you will be exposed to a variety of cultural experiences and diverse neighborhoods. For example, Boro Park has a large Orthodox Jewish population and Flatbush has a predominantly African American population. Brighton Beach's residents are mainly Polish or Russian while Sunset Park has Chinese and Hispanic residents. Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights are considered to be the most upscale neighborhoods. Brooklyn has something for everyone and now that you have relocated here you will soon discover its many wonders.
Brooklyn's economy is directly related to that of Manhattan's mainly due to the fact that many of its residents work in New York City. Also, some Manhattan-based businesses have offices in Brooklyn. Historically, manufacturing has been a key economic driver, but today the service industry is the most popular. Although furniture, food products, and medical drugs for the Pfizer Pharmaceutical company are still produced in Brooklyn. The overall economy continues to grow and see such positives as decreased unemployment rates and an increase in median wages. Brooklyn's population is on the rise and the city has seen quite a boom in the housing market.
Perhaps the most well-known landmark is the Brooklyn Bridge. The structure took 13 years to build and was completed in 1883. It is 1,595 feet tall and connects Brooklyn with Manhattan. Another well-recognized structure is the Soldiers and Sailors Arch located at the Grand Army Plaza at the entrance to Prospect Park. Prospect Park was designed by the famous team who created Central Park, Olmstead and Vaux. There are several museums worth visiting like the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Transit Museum and the Jewish Children's Museum just to name a few. Coney Island is another popular destination where one can go to the beach or the Astroland Amusement Park to ride the Coney Island Cyclone, which is one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world.
Brooklyn was founded and first settled by the Dutch who named their new home "Breuckelen" in 1646 after a city in the Netherlands. At that time, the area was inhabited by the Lenape Native American Indians. This Dutch town was taken over by the English on 1664. Brooklyn experienced massive growth in the 1880s as a result of a large influx of immigrants, plus this port city played an important role during the Civil War. Railroads also contributed to Brooklyn's boom as the end of the 19th century drew near. By 1911, Brooklyn had one of the largest trolley systems. The streetcars were originally "powered" by horses. Today, Brooklyn moving companies are very busy throughout its vast neighborhoods as people from all over the world relocate to this unique borough.