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Brooklyn is a borough in New York City and the most populous of the city’s five boroughs, with over 2.5 million residents. Situated on the western end of Long Island, Brooklyn is considered to be one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the world, a claim that is backed up by the fact that over 35% of its population is foreign-born.

The origins of Brooklyn’s name are unclear, but it is generally agreed that it comes from the Dutch word Breukelen, which means “broken land”. Brooklyn was originally settled by the Lenape people, who named the area after its abundant wild marshlands and streams. It was later settled by the Dutch in the 1630s, and it remained under Dutch rule until it was surrendered to the British in 1664.

Brooklyn played a significant role in the American Revolution, as it was the site of several battles. Most notably, the Battle of Brooklyn, also known as the Battle of Long Island, occurred on August 27, 1776, and resulted in a British victory, making it the first major battle of the war following the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

After the war, Brooklyn grew rapidly and developed into a major urban center, with industries like shipbuilding and tobacco cultivation playing a significant role in its economy. In 1834, Brooklyn incorporated as a city, and it remained independent until it was consolidated with New York City in 1898.

Today, Brooklyn is home to a wide range of cultural attractions, including museums, galleries, theaters, and music venues. Some of the most notable museums in the borough include the Brooklyn Museum, which houses a collection of over 1.5 million works of art, and the New York Transit Museum, which is dedicated to the history of public transportation in the city.

Brooklyn is also known for its vibrant music scene, with venues like the Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn Steel, and Music Hall of Williamsburg attracting national and international acts. In addition, the borough is home to several iconic theaters, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Kings Theatre, which was recently restored after being closed for over 30 years.

One of the defining features of Brooklyn is its architecture, which ranges from historic brownstones to modern high-rise buildings. Some of the most famous examples of Brooklyn architecture include the Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883 and still considered one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, and the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, a 40-story Art Deco skyscraper that was once the tallest building in Brooklyn.

Another unique aspect of Brooklyn is its food scene, which is known for its diversity and creativity. The borough is famous for its pizza, with several pizzerias vying for the title of the best slice in New York City. Additionally, Brooklyn has become a hub for artisanal food and drink, with craft breweries, artisanal chocolate shops, and farm-to-table restaurants popping up all over the neighborhood.

Brooklyn is also home to several parks and green spaces, including Prospect Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park in Manhattan. Other notable parks include McCarren Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which features over 10,000 plant species spread across 52 acres.

Overall, Brooklyn is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood with a rich history and culture. From its architecture to its music to its food, there is something for everyone in this bustling borough, making it one of the most desirable places to live and visit in the world.

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Folarin Balogun, a high-scoring multinational star, chooses USMNT over England

Washington Post

23-05-16 15:35

Brooklyn-born forward Folarin Balogun has made the decision to play for the US men's national soccer team. FIFA granted Balogun's one-time switch request clearing the way for him to debut at the Concacaf Nations League finals. He is eligible to play for the US, England and Nigeria, but he had already accepted a US call-up to a U18 training camp in 2018 and had recently met US players and coaches at training camp in Orlando. 21-year-old Balogun had previously played for England at youth level.
K-pop brought foreigners to South Korea. Now they’ve joined the ‘Korean wave’ of culture

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 14:00

Burgeoning interest in South Korean culture, particularly its music, is drawing foreigners in droves to live and work in the country, according to reports. More than 2.2 million foreign nationals are now believed to be living in South Korea, an increase of nearly 15% over the previous year. The country's international student numbers rose by more than 20% in 2022. The surge of interest is largely due to South Korean culture's new-found popularity, particularly in music. K-pop’s growing popularity has created global curiosity about South Korean pop culture, while an influx of Western visitors to live in the country is helping to add new dimensions to South Korean cultural traditions. According to a 2019 analysis by the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, meetings and trade shows promoting Korean culture add $4.9bn a year to the country's economy.
Where Vegetarians Are Always Welcome

NY Times

23-05-16 20:00

Restaurants that don’t only cater to vegetarians, but which make vegetarian and non-meat dishes on par with meat dishes are becoming increasingly popular in New York City, according to a recent article. Writer Nikita Richardson lists several restaurants that excell in creating vegetable- and non-meat-based dishes that do not feel like a compromise, including Misi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Superiority Burger in the East Village; and Israeli eatery Miriam, with locations in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and on the Upper West Side. Middle Eastern and North African restaurants also receive high praise for their produce-focus cuisine.
The world’s best hotels opening in 2023

The Independent

23-05-16 16:50

Travelers looking for new and exciting travel experiences in 2023 have a lot of options with newly opened boutique hotels, well-established names, and newcomers. London has a bumper crop of big-brand openings set to become the capital’s latest it spots. Leading the trend is The Peninsula London overlooking Hyde Park and Wellington Arch, promising to become the desired afternoon tea spot with Cantonese cuisine, fine dining rooftop restaurant, a 25m pool, and a colonnaded lobby. Also opening is Raffles London in the former Old War Office, with 120 rooms boasting a spirit of mosaic floors, chandeliers, oak paneling, nine restaurants, and a wellness space. Mandarin Oriental Mayfair is bringing 50 elegant rooms, Akira Back restaurant, and urban spa to Hanover Square. 1 Hotel Mayfair offers sustainable luxury, with bedrooms featuring local wood and a Tom Sellers restaurant. Six Senses London debuts later this year, with 100 rooms, co-working space, courtyard seating, and spa. The Signet Collection’s Barnsdale Lodge has fantastic views of Rutland Water, featuring 46 rooms, conservatory, croquet lawn, and haute cuisine. New seaside stays for summer include 21-room No. 42 Margate and The Gallivant Littlestone Beach, with a 1920s East Coast American style. Several hotels are opening in Scotland, with Virgin Hotels in Glasgow, House of Gods, and The Hoxton’s 10 Georgian townhouses, while 100 Princess Street in Edinburgh offers 30 rooms with an Alexander McQueen-style gothic luxuriousness and Wilderness vibes at The Bracken Hide on the Isle of Skye with 45 cabins.
New York City turns to school gyms to house new migrants, prompting uproar

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 21:18

New York City schools have begun converting gymnasiums into housing for international migrants attempting to gain asylum. But the move has been met with backlash from parents who have organised protests, accusing mayor Eric Adams of having no other options. Over 4,200 migrants were seeking shelter space last week alone. Twenty gyms are now being considered for this use, but each is designed for short-term accommodation.
The Liberty Took a Few Jets and a Boat to Become a Superteam

NY Times

23-05-17 09:00

WNBA owners are investing in their teams through charter flights, training facilities and star-player contracts. The Tsais, who own the Liberty, have given the team access to chartered jets and built up its nutrition, performance and therapy staff to match that of male counterparts. Atlanta Dream's Larry Gottesdiener is planning to spend $100m to build a bridge to success, according to The New York Times. Mark Davis, who owns both the Las Vegas Raiders and the Aces, invested in a 64,000 sq ft base. Some have criticised the charters as an unfair advantage, but many WNBA players welcome the extra investment. For Breanna Stewart, who was courted by the Tsais, chartered flights were a key factor in her decision to sign on with the Liberty.
What do George Santos, R. Kelly and FIFA have in common?


23-05-17 19:40

New York's Eastern District Court has gained a reputation for its extraterritorial reach, indicting an array of high-profile defendants over the years, including R&B singer R Kelly and Mexican cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera. Despite covering a district that includes Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, and serving a diverse demographic of 8 million residents and an international airport, the court has few qualms about exercising its jurisdiction to prosecute defendants based in other areas of the US, or even in foreign countries.
Prosecutor in FIFA, Tom Barrack cases joins law firm Quinn Emanuel


23-05-17 19:20

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired Samuel Nitze, former head of the public integrity section of the Brooklyn US attorney's office, as a partner. Nitze led the office's task force investigating corruption within FIFA and also took part in the prosecution of Tom Barrack in connection with suspected unlawful actions as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates. A federal jury acquitted Barrack of all charges in November. Nitze was among US prosecutors who secured a $79.7m settlement with Swiss bank Julius Baer as part of the FIFA investigation.
Plan to house migrants in New York schools’ gyms leads to parents’ boycott


23-05-17 18:28

Parents are refusing to send their children to school in New York City to protest plans to house migrants in school gyms. Gyms have been earmarked to shelter asylum seekers as officials struggle to find housing for an influx of migrants following the lifting of former president Donald Trump’s Covid-era immigration policy. Outside of schools, concerned parents have been protesting in Coney Island and Brooklyn about such plans, with some camping overnight amid fears refugees would arrive in the early hours of the morning.
‘I owe you one’: Hannah Gadsby feels chipper in Something Special

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-05-18 01:00

Comedian, writer and actor Hannah Gadsby has released Something Special, their third Netflix special. This follows Emmy and Peabody award winning Nanette (2018) and Douglas (2020). Something Special is directed by producer and partner Jenney Shamash and centred mainly on happiness. Gadsby speaks of their experiences in Australia and the struggles of the country to remain a unified force. Gadsby has begun working on the Pablo Picasso exhibition, "It's Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby" at the Brooklyn Museum. Additionally, they have recorded a new Netflix project featuring six international, genderqueer comedians invited to perform by Gadsby, recorded in the UK.
Stephanie Beatriz of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to serve as Indy 500 grand marshal

Associated Press

23-05-18 13:27

Stephanie Beatriz, best known for her role on TV show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and as Madrigal in the movie “Encanto,” has been named grand marshal of the Indianapolis 500. The actress will walk the red carpet ahead of the May 28 race before giving the command for drivers to take their seats. “Stephanie brings a fresh energy and excitement to pre-race ceremonies that both spectators at the track and everyone watching on NBC and Peacock will appreciate,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. The annual Carb Day will take place Friday, May 27, with race day on May 30.
Strange bedfellows: Israel’s flirtation with antisemites

The Globe and Mail

23-05-18 13:00

Recent antisemitic conspiracies perpetuated by former US President Donald Trump and Hungarian President Viktor Orban reveal the link between far-right nationalism and Israeli ethno-nationalism, says Ian Buruma in Project Syndicate. Although both leaders point to their support of Israel as proof of no antisemitism, their anti-immigration and xenophobic policies suggest otherwise. Moreover, members of Israel’s far-right government embrace similar rhetoric, with Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir calling for the expulsion of Palestinian-Israeli citizens. The nation’s current leadership has led to divisions in the Jewish community, including criticism from pro-Zionist organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, who have condemned Jewish racism. Such a schism suggests Israel, initially established to be a homeland for Jews, is no longer inclusive of the group. In turn, this risks the growing gap between Israel and the wider Jewish diaspora as xenophobic policies become common in global political discourse.
New York ‘will sink if more skyscrapers are built’


23-05-18 19:11

A new study has warned that New York should stop building high-rise buildings if it wants to avoid sinking due to the effects of rising ocean levels and climate change. The city is already sinking by 1-2mm a year, and the sea level is predicted to rise by 5ft by the end of the century, with the greatest threat faced by Lower Manhattan and parts of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The study revealed that regardless of the threat, the response has been inadequate with only 10% of the buildings erected in flooded areas following Hurricane Sandy being built to required standards.
Brokeback Mountain: Proulx’s gay love story staged with more efficiency than intensity


23-05-19 00:01

Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges are both accomplished American screen actors, but they still have big boots to fill as they step into the roles of Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger in the stage production of Brokeback Mountain. Directed by Jonathan Butterell from a script by Ashley Robinson, the semi-musical approach includes an affable country score and focuses its efforts on intimacy rather than explicit sex. Although the production leaves some critics wanting more depth and social context, Faist's stance is both worthy and watchable while Hedges' performance lacks Ledger's charisma. The play runs until August 12.
What Are Illegal Chinese Communist Government Police Stations Doing in the U.S.?


23-05-19 02:53

The Chinese Communist government has been found to be running approximately 100 overseas police stations in at least 53 countries, including seven in the US. The US Department of Justice has charged two US citizens for conspiring to act as unregistered agents of China. The two men were operating an unofficial overseas police station in New York City on behalf of the Fuzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau. This situation goes beyond traditional spying, where the primary purpose is information gathering, and possibly indicates actual enforcement of Chinese edicts within the US. The US government has charged both men with violating 18 US code 951(a), a more traditional statute that directly prohibits taking certain undisclosed actions on behalf of foreign governments. The Chinese Overseas network is designed to operate outside of formal diplomatic channels as a way for China to monitor overseas communities and exert influence on them. Officials are calling for Congress and intelligence officials to thoroughly evaluate how else China might be covertly trying to exert its influence within the US.
Weight of a million buildings may be causing New York to sink

The Independent

23-05-19 06:27

Parts of New York, including Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Manhattan, are sinking at a rate of one to two millimetres per year, partly because of subsidence, which is caused by shifting and settling sediments, according to research led by scientists from Rutgers University. In some areas, the rate of subsidence is significantly greater. The sinking could increase the flood risk for the city's more than 8.8 million inhabitants. Previous studies have suggested that submarine cities are being affected by rising seas at up to four times the rate of other more stable regions.
Foo Fighters dedicate new album to Taylor Hawkins and Virginia Grohl

The Independent

23-05-19 10:36

Foo Fighters will dedicate their new album But Here We Are to their late band member Taylor Hawkins and lead singer Dave Grohl’s mother Virginia. The album, set to be released on 2 June, will be the band’s first since Hawkins’s death in March 2022. Grohl lost his mother in the summer of 2022. The new album is described as “a brutally honest and emotionally raw response” to everything the band has experienced in the last year, and is produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters.
This year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is brave, baffling, stimulating and essential

Financial Times

23-05-19 15:19

The 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice has been curated by Lesley Lokko, a Ghanaian-Scottish architect, novelist and educator who has created a show centred on Africa and focusing on the issues of land – rights, ownership, extraction, agriculture and displacement. The event emphasises conceptual installations and features many people from Africa and its diaspora who are just starting their careers. A diverse array of unusual practitioners take part and the whole event is more diverse and diffuse than the starchitect-studded Biennales of the past. The event makes the urgent point that African artists, rather than architects, may be the better experts to create installations. Among the high points is Brooklyn-based architect and artist Olalekan Jeyifous' retro-science fiction airport and David Adjaye's display of dark shrine of spotlit models of African megastructures.
Parts of New York are sinking, study says

The Independent

23-05-19 19:46

Skyscrapers and other buildings in parts of New York are causing the land the city sits on to sink by one to two millimetres per year, according research featuring in the journal Earth’s Future. Sinking buildings and subsiding Earth's crust seen in New York is mirrored in many of the world's coastal cities, which are also being hit by the rising sea levels caused by climate change. Some areas of New York are particularly prone to subsidence, which can exacerbate the effects of global warming by increasing exposure to extreme weather such as flooding. Over time, there is also a heightened risk of corrosion damage to building foundations.