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It seems like most folks have a grandmother, great-uncle or some other distant relative that used to live in Brooklyn, or perhaps a friend that lives there now. In the early 1900s, it was a mecca for immigrants arriving via Ellis Island. A hundred years later, young professionals and artists left pricey Manhattan digs for Brooklyn's cheaper and more expansive space. Neighbourhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, which had fallen into disrepair over the years, were restored and reborn as funky enclaves. Walk or bike over the historic Brooklyn Bridge (or ride the subway) to Brooklyn Heights for a stroll along the Promenade and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Meander through Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for a taste of nature in the urban wilds. Catch a performance at the world-famous Brooklyn Academy of Music. From the delicious Italian restaurants of Bensonhurst to the Irish bars that line the avenues of Bay Ridge, from the hotdogs and rollercoasters of Coney Island to the bagels and handball courts of Greenpoint, Brooklyn is a state of mind as well as a dynamic community. Discover why, no matter where people move on to, they remain Brooklynites at heart.
Queens is the most ethnically diverse area of its size on Earth, which means there's a little something for everyone. Chow down on Indian food, sit in on a traditional Irish pub music session, and dance the night away at a Puerto Rican nightclub, all of it located within a few subway stops. Queens is also the home of the Mets and the US Tennis Open, and the former home of the New York World's Fair, now Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, and Paramount Pictures, now the Museum of the Moving Image.
<p>New York welcomes huge numbers of visitors every year who are attracted to this iconic American city for its shopping, Broadway musicals, cuisine and breadth of visitor attractions. Long Island is situated to the south east of the city and includes the well known metropolitan boroughs of Queens and Brookyln. However, it also contains the more rural counties of Suffolk and Nassau which offer stunning beaches and an insight into the lives of the super rich. </p><p>Greenport is a little harbour village in Suffolk County and exudes charm with its bustling marina, tall ships, and 1920s carousel. Kids will love checking out all the boats at Mitchell Park, as well as taking a spin on the historic carousel, and you can also hop onto a ferry for a quick trip across to Shelter Island, which is a safe haven for wildlife due to its large wetlands. </p><p>Back in Greenport, make sure you check out the Railroad and Maritime museums which give an insight into the region’s historic past as a centre of whaling and ship building. Suffolk County is also famed for its wineries and there are several within close proximity to Greenport that offer wine tasting and tours. You can also sample the county’s fine wines in one of the local eateries which will be a perfect way to end the day as the sun sets over the harbour. </p><p>The area known as The Hamptons is one of the most wealthy in the United States and is comprised of a series of picturesque seaside villages. It’s renowned for its popularity with A-list celebrities and the attraction of the area will become apparent when you see those blue skies and golden beaches and consider its convenient proximity to the Big Apple. If sunbathing and other beach-related activities are your thing, then you’ll be in paradise and, as you’d expect, there’s plenty of great restaurants and drinking establishments to choose from. </p><p>Across in Nassau County you’ll find the spacious and hugely impressive Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, which covers over 400 acres and features a stunning collection of greenhouses, gardens, and offers guaranteed colour and pleasant walks. </p><p>Also within the boundaries of Nassau you’ll also find Sagamore Hill, which was the home of Theodore Roosevelt the 26th President of the United States. Built in 1884, it’s now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and tours are open to the public. Included within the premises is the Theodore Roosevelt Museum.</p>
We won't lie: Niagara Falls is uber-touristy. There are wax museums and a Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, and if it's a fast-food chain, you can probably find it here. But even the most jaded hipster shouldn't pass up a chance to visit this town, because the Falls themselves are spectacular.
Montreal, c’est si bon! This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada, and is a cosmopolitan celebration of Québécois style. A horse-drawn carriage ride around the cobblestone streets and grand buildings of Vieux-Montréal will give you a taste of European flavour. The Basilique Notre-Dame is a confection of stained glass, and the Plateau Mont-Royal district will delight you with its quaint boutiques and cafés. Dig in to a massive plate of poutine to fuel up for a tour of the epic Olympic Park.
Ottawa is a compact, clean, cleverly planned centre of culture and politics. And it's an ideal choice for a weekend getaway. Start downtown at the architecturally stunning National Gallery of Canada, and don't miss the Canadian Nature Museum and the National Aviation Museum. Rideau Canal offers boating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter. Gatineau Park attracts cyclists and walkers, while Byward Market blends old and new Ottawa.
We've heard Toronto described as "New York City run by the Swiss," and it's true—you can find world-class theatre, shopping and restaurants here, but the sidewalks are clean and the people are friendly. The best place to start is literally at the top—the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Soaring mountains, jewel-coloured lakes and pristine wilderness await you in Canada’s first National Park. The irresistible beauty of the landscape invites travellers to immerse themselves in the outdoors all year round — whether