The borough of Brooklyn is home to over 2.5 million people of every nationality, race, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic background imaginable. Generally more affordable than Manhattan, Brooklyn proudly offers numerous great neighborhoods for corps members to choose from, and every one is full of character. Many opt to live in the neighborhoods in which they teach, including Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg—all of which are rich in diversity and local history. Outside of the classroom, there's never a shortage of things to do in Brooklyn, which boasts such cultural landmarks as Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and countless art galleries, music venues, farmer's markets, restaurants, bars and cafes. The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza is the perfect place for studying or lesson planning. Brooklyn has so much to offer, you may never want to leave!
New York has one of the most diverse populations in the world. More than 30% of New Yorkers are foreign-born and virtually every nationality is represented. The city is comprised of a collection of five culturally diverse and distinct boroughs, each of which has its own character and appeal.
The wealth of cultures in New York permeates everyday life and all of the city’s institutions. Food is no exception: Polish food in the East Village, Greek food in Astoria, Dominican fare in Washington Heights—home to the largest population of Dominicans outside of the Dominican Republic—and soul food in Harlem are just a few of the dining options available in New York City.
The music scene is always thriving in New York, offering all the best artists and venues in hip hop, jazz, salsa, classical, rock, folk, and every other imaginable genre. Some corps members have even taken to performing live themselves. Sports fans have similarly plentiful options for year-round fulfillment in the city. The Mets, Yankees, Giants, Jets, Nets, Knicks, Liberty, Rangers, and various college sports teams all call New York home.
To cap it all off, there are over 500 museums, zoos, historical societies, arts organizations, and cultural attractions across the five boroughs of New York City, where corps members can take their students on field trips or visit with friends on weekends.
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