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“I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn.”—Barbra Streisand

Brooklyn’s not Manhattan, but for the more than 2.5 million people who live there, that’s a good thing. You won’t see soaring skyscrapers built on top of each other or ATMs on every corner, but for those who choose Brooklyn, the borough of Kings offers so much more.

If you’re undecided about which area to call home in the this great City of New York, these are seven reasons why you should consider living in Brooklyn.

1. You can hang out in Prospect Park.

The 585-acre public park is a tranquil escape for Brooklynites. With its rolling meadows, scenic hillsides, and the only freshwater lake in the borough, the park is more vibrant than it’s ever been. You can boat, horseback ride, bird watch, play a variety of sports, or just park your butt on the lawn and take in nature.

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2. You’ll be that much closer to Coney Island.

From the beach to the boardwalk, Coney Island is still going strong. With attractions like the Cyclone, Scream Zone, New York Aquarium, and MCU Park, Coney Island offers fun for all ages. Also, the retro-feeling amusement hub boasts Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, weekly fireworks during the summer, and a spooktacular Halloween celebration each October.

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3. You’ll drink more coffee.

Move over Starbucks. Brooklyn’s indie coffee houses such as Gorilla, Blue Bottle, Stone Street and Café Grumpy, to name a few, keep caffeine lovers buzzing every day. You’ll never have to settle for a chain cup of coffee again.

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4. You could get a view of Manhattan

People who live in Manhattan like to be in the thick of the action, but many choose to live outside, intentionally. Even if you’ve never listed a view on your wish list, the skyline views from Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, not to mention the Brooklyn Bridge –– a commuting thoroughfare –– can’t be beaten. There’s something completely relaxing about staring at Manhattan rather than standing in it.

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5. You won’t go hungry

From Di Fara Pizza (voted the best pizza in the country) to Buttermilk Channel’s comfort food brunch in Carroll Gardens, to Williamsburg’s Peter Luger Steakhouse and Roberta’s in Bushwick, you’ll never lack choices or a delicious meal.

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6. You might get a backyard.

Thought your days of grilling were over? Unbelievably, you might get a private outdoor space for a whole lot less cash in Brooklyn. If you rent a ground floor in a townhouse, you could score a yard. And, of course, if you buy or rent a brownstone, a backyard is a given. Start saving your pennies –– you might need that Blaze 32-inch 4-burner grill, after all.

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7. You’ll never have to leave on the weekends.

So what if Brooklyn doesn’t have Broadway? There are a host of other fun attractions to keep you hanging in the borough on Saturdays and Sundays. From Brooklyn Flea to Barclay’s Center, to BAM and the Botanic Garden, staying in Brooklyn when you’re not at the office –– rather than pounding crowded streets in the concrete jungle –– is an obvious choice.

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