The Hottest Borough in NYC
Young people have migrated to Manhattan to chase their dreams for generations. But Brooklyn is the “it” borough in NYC these days. For college-age students, LIU Brooklyn offers a safe campus environment that is an attractive alternative to the congestion and pace of the metropolis across the river. In fact, you might say Brooklyn is New York’s college town, with 11 institutes of higher education and more than 60,000 students in the Downtown Brooklyn area alone.
There are thousands of reasons to choose LIU Brooklyn. Here’s a few of the amazing benefits you’ll have access to as a student:
Business is booming in Brooklyn. According to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Brooklyn is one of the only spots in NYC where no private sector jobs have been lost since 2003. The Downtown Brooklyn area has been especially robust, accounting for 17 percent of new jobs in New York City since 2010, with major growth in the health care sector. Near LIU Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is home to 275 companies, including many eco-friendly manufacturers and businesses including Brooklyn Grange and Kings County Distillery, and employs almost 10,000 workers. MetroTech Center, an 11-building complex located just blocks from our campus, houses some of the city’s largest financial firms and government offices and employs more than 20,000 people.
The Brooklyn Cultural District
Just blocks from the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Barclays Center, LIU Brooklyn resides within an increasingly vibrant area of arts, community, and economic development. The quarter-mile neighborhood between Atlantic Terminal and LIU Brooklyn is currently home to more than 50 cultural organizations, including BRIC Arts Media House, UrbanGlass, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Writers Coalition, and The Plonsky Shakespeare Center Theatre for a New Audience, with much more cultural and public space to come in the next few years. Students also benefit from discounted tickets at Barclays Center, New York’s No. 1 concert venue and home to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle, consisting of neighborhoods DUMBO, Navy Yard, and Downtown Brooklyn, is the Silicon Valley of the East. Currently home to more than 500 technology companies and innovative organizations, the tech industry is projected to employ more than 18,000 employees by 2015. LIU Brooklyn is part Brooklyn Tech Triangle U, an annual week-long series of events to connect the tech, creative, and academic communities.
Parks and Outdoor Space
Most people don’t associate living in the city with an outdoor lifestyle. Let them be wrong; more space for you to enjoy the incredible parks, waterfronts, and outdoor activities only Brooklyn can offer. Some suggestions for everyday enjoyment include:
- Take a late afternoon walk or run along Brooklyn Bridge Promenade and see the best sunsets in the world.
- Grab a blanket, head to Brooklyn Bridge Park, and set up a spot on one of the lovely lawns. Take your books and laptop and get some work done in the picnic area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges with free wi-fi.
- Take the East River Ferry up to Williamsburg for the Brooklyn Flea (or stop by the locations in Fort Greene or Park Slope).
- Run or bike the Prospect Park loop or catch a free concert during Celebrate Brooklyn.
- Visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden during the cherry blossom festival.
Brooklyn has driven the beat of popular music for decades. The Beastie Boys, Biggie, Jay-Z, Barbara Streisand, and Lou Reed got their start here. Today, everybody who’s anybody or on their way there either hone their acts here or play Brooklyn’s legendary venues, such as the world-famous Barclay’s Center, when they come through town. Check out Brooklyn Vegan for a daily list of all music happenings around town.
The streets and buildings of Brooklyn are a canvas for the talented community of artists who make the borough their home and studio. Public art is everywhere and artists and makers flourish and thrive here. From the permanent collections to avant garde exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum and their popular Target First Saturday outdoor parties, to hundreds of galleries, the annual DUMBO Arts Festival, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn Night Bazaar and other seasonal art fairs and markets, Brooklyn is a creative incubator.
With some of today’s most celebrated writers in residence, Brooklyn is the place to be for aspiring literati and writers of all genres. Across the world large bookstores are shuttering thanks to digital readers, but here small bookshops (e.g., Word, Book Court, Greenlight, PowerHouse) are the heart of an active literary community that also includes celebrated literary magazines (e.g., Electric Literature, Tin House), and the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. On any given afternoon, set up your laptop in a neighborhood café or coffee shop and the odds are you’ll be in the company of a New York Times bestseller (or journalist).
Food and Fun
Enough has been written in every paper and magazine and blog about food culture in Brooklyn. In addition to the Treat Shoppe, The Grind, our smoothie bar, Subway, Luntey Commons, and the Blackbird Café at LIU Brooklyn, there are more than 1,700 eateries within a one-mile radius of campus. On the weekends, Smorgasburg (with locations in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridge Park) is a one-stop shop for all of the hip food entrepreneurs everyone is talking about (e.g., Ramen Burger). Trust us, you’ll never go hungry.
And, if for some reason you ever need to leave Brooklyn, five subway lines are located within one block of campus, or if it’s a sunny day, the Brooklyn Bridge is just a 15-minute walk away.