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Located in central Brooklyn, Crown Heights was once one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of the borough. Today, this neighborhood is considered to be one of the best areas in the city to live in. It has an exciting and fun vibe, leafy districts, destination worthy restaurants, and easy access to Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here are some of the top attractions in Crown Heights.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Situated in the heart of the borough is the famous Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Founded in 1910, and spanning 52 acres, this urban botanical garden has a spectacular display of plant collections. Consisting of 13 gardens and 5 conservatories, it is famously known for having “gardens within the garden.” Among these, the two most famous gardens are; The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, which was the very first Japanese inspired garden in America, and The Shakespeare Garden, which is full of Primroses. The Botanic Garden is certainly a gem, and one of Brooklyn’s most famous spots. Other than strolling around and being mesmerized by the natural beauty of this place, locals can attend the various events that take place within its gardens. One such event is the Sakura Matsuri Festival where people can gather to watch the cherry trees blossom, and spread pink hues around the area. The visiting hours of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden vary, but it is without a doubt, a must visit spot.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Founded in 1899, Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the first museum in the United States dedicated solely to children. After undergoing extensive expansion and renovation, this museum has also become the first green museum in New York City. At the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, you can look at 100-year-old artifacts and games, and experience what it was like to be a child in those times. The fun and educational exhibits in the museum are also one of the best ways to teach young children about nature and science – making a trip to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum a must for children of all ages. Overall, the museum holds a collection of over 30,000 artifacts, and has something for everyone – there is even a section in the museum just for toddlers to enjoy. The museum is closed on Monday, but for other days the timings are 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and 10am to 7pm for weekends. As one of the most popular sites among children and families, this place should be on your bucket list for NYC.
Life In Crown Heights
With a large population of Hasidic Jews and the Caribbean people, Crown Heights is a diverse, and culturally rich neighborhood of New York City. In fact, it is still home to an Orthodox Jew community which has been around the area since the early 1940s. Along with affordable apartments and beautiful row houses, the neighborhood has a number of shopping malls, bars, and eateries that locals can enjoy. Going in and out of the neighborhood is also not a problem, since it is served by major subway stations, and several bus lines. Overall, Crown Heights an ideal place for families and young people to live in.