When it comes to choosing our favorite cities in the U.S., Chicago ranks number one for AMO. We are partial, though, as Chicago is our company headquarters. New York City comes in at a close second, though, and is consistently the most popular clinical experience destination for our visitors. And, what’s not to love?

New York City is lively, diverse, and expansive, as dictated by its five boroughs. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten each have a different culture, which gives New York City its unique layered personality. While we offer experiences in most New York boroughs, we offer the most in Brooklyn. This is no coincidence as Brooklyn, if it were considered a city, would be the third most populous in the U.S.!

 

Brooklyn’s population is as diverse as it is expansive. The borough is comprised of smaller communities with Jewish, Chinese, Caribbean, Latin American, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Irish, Greek, and Italian ties. The influences of each community can be seen in Brooklyn’s diverse eateries, street vendors, cultural institutions, and traditions.

 

The following post outlines some of Brooklyn’s most charming and noteworthy offerings. If you are in the area for a clinical experience, be sure to check them out!

 

Places to See

    • The Brooklyn Museum

As the second-largest art museum in New York, the Brooklyn Museum is home to more than 1 million pieces of art. Such a wide collection is sure to captivate visitors for an afternoon or even a day. The building houses both American and International Art with a focus on pieces highlighting cultures present in the borough today. If you do decide to spend the day at the museum, you can stop for a bite to eat and drink at the museum’s restaurant or café.

    • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This indoor and outdoor space resides on 52 acres of land and features a conservatory. In a cityscape, the garden provides a space for visitors to learn about the natural world and their role in providing stewardship. Within the garden, there are over 20 smaller sections devoted to certain species.

    • Coney Island

Located in the southwestern most of Brooklyn, Coney Island is an iconic portion of the city that has a rich history and has been featured in many films. The Island is most famous for the myriad of amusement parks; however, the area has beaches, parks, and museums as well.

 

Things to Do

    • Watch a Nets Game

If you are into sports, you’ll want to make a note of the Net’s game day schedule while your in Brooklyn. The team, which is one of two professional basketball teams based in New York, plays at the Barclay center. They have 5 conference and division titles and have won two championships since being founded in 1967.

    • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

A good place for tourist photos, the Brooklyn Bridge is an easily recognized location. While walking across the bridge can take less than fifteen minutes, dodging other New York City photographers and tourists can make it much longer. Visiting during sunrise ensures less foot traffic and offers the possibility of better lighting for photos.

    • Shop at Brooklyn’s Flea

Are you looking for a one-of-a kind souvenir from your travels? You might find it at The Brooklyn Flea! This flea market occurs on weekends during the spring, summer, and fall. It is an open-air street market comprised of art, antique, and food vendors. If you happen to be visiting in the winter, don’t worry! The market does hold some indoor winter hours.

 

Foods to Eat

    • Dim Sum

It’s no wonder that this borough is a must for dim sum. Rather than having one Chinatown, Brooklyn has several. Dim sum is a meal comprised of bite-sized foods, including steamed buns, dumplings, and rolls—meats, rice, and fresh-steeped tea compliment the spread. Although there are many options for Dim Sum in Brooklyn, many individuals have posted rave reviews about Nom Wah Tea Parlor. With roots dating back to the 1920s, this restaurant has an established and delicious menu.

    • Bagels

Bagels and New York go together like, well, bagels and cream cheese. In other areas of the U.S., weekend mornings might include donuts or brunch. In a New York borough like Brooklyn, bagels are a staple. Bagels found in New York are larger than life with a signature hard crusty shell and soft inside. Bagels may be topped with a variety of condiments, which always include a heavy layer of cream cheese. In Brooklyn, the best spot to grab one is at a spot appropriately named The Bagel Store. The Bagel Store has traditional bagel varieties and more kitsch options like confetti-filled bagels and croissant-bagel hybrids.

    • New York Style Cheesecake

You might be able to get cheesecake anywhere but not like this. New York-style cheesecake is notably stiffer than other varieties as a result of one not so secret ingredient—sour cream. This variety also contains more eggs than others. Cheesecake fans should consider stopping by Junior’s. The restaurant has four New York locations and is known for having the best cheesecake in the state. If you think cheesecake is boring, don’t worry. The joint serves a number of flavors and even a sampler tray if you really want to test things out.


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