Brooklyn in New York City

July 22nd, 2016 | Destination: | General | No Comments »

Brooklyn Borough Hall © Jim.henderson

Brooklyn Borough Hall © Jim.henderson

Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City‘s five boroughs, with a Census-estimated 2,6 million residents in 2015. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Queens at the southwestern end of Long Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York, and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after the county of New York (which is coextensive with the borough of Manhattan). With a land area of 71 square miles (180 km2) and water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is New York’s fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among the city’s five boroughs. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The history of European settlement in Brooklyn spans more than 350 years. The settlement began in the 17th century as the small Dutch-founded town of “Breuckelen” on the East River shore of Long Island, grew to be a sizable city in the 19th century, and was consolidated in 1898 with New York City (then confined to Manhattan and part of the Bronx), the remaining rural areas of Kings County, and the largely rural areas of Queens and Staten Island, to form the modern City of New York. In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as an avant garde destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification, dramatic house price increases, and a decrease in housing affordability. Since 2010, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and high technology startup firms, and of postmodern art and design. The borough continues, however, to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves. Brooklyn’s official motto, displayed on the Borough seal and flag, is Eendraght Maeckt Maght, which translates from early modern Dutch to “Unity makes strength“. (more…)

Miami Shores in Forida

July 20th, 2016 | Destination: | General | No Comments »

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© Averette/cc-by-3.0

Miami Shores is a village with a population of 10,500 in Miami-Dade County in Florida. Miami Shores was originally a neighborhood of the City of Miami when it was annexed into the city of Miami in 1925. With the arrival of the Great Depression, the City of Miami gave up its jurisdiction and Miami Shores was incorporated as its own village in 1932. (more…)

Pacific Heights in San Francisco

July 18th, 2016 | Destination: | General | No Comments »

Fillmore Street © Christopher Beland

Fillmore Street © Christopher Beland

Pacific Heights is an affluent neighborhood of San Francisco, which is known for the notable people who reside in the area. It is located in one of the most scenic and park-like settings in Northern California, offering panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz and the Presidio. Its location provides a temperate micro-climate that is clearer, but not always warmer, than many other areas in San Francisco. The Pacific Heights Residents Association defines the neighborhood as inside Bush Street, Presidio Avenue, Union Street, and Van Ness Avenue. (more…)

Palm Beach in Florida

July 15th, 2016 | Destination: | General | No Comments »

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© Michael Kagdis – Proper Media Group/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Town of Palm Beach is an incorporated town in Palm Beach County in Florida. The Intracoastal Waterway separates it from the neighboring cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. In 2000, Palm Beach had a year-round population of 10,500, with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000. Many of Palm Beach’s residents are affluent. The town’s affluence and its “abundance of pleasures” and “strong community-oriented sensibility” were cited when it was selected in June 2003 as America’s “Best Place to Live” by Robb Report magazine. (more…)

Panama City

July 13th, 2016 | Destination: | General | No Comments »

Panama City financial district © Dronepicr/cc-by-3.0

Panama City financial district © Dronepicr/cc-by-3.0

Panama City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama. It has a metro population of 1,5 million, and is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for international banking and commerce. It is considered a “beta-” world city, one of three Central American cities listed in this category. The city of Panama was founded on August 15, 1519, by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila. The city was the starting point for expeditions that conquered the Inca Empire in Peru. It was a stopover point on one of the most important trade routes in the history of the American continent, leading to the fairs of Nombre de Dios and Portobelo, through which passed most of the gold and silver that Spain took from the Americas. On January 28, 1671, the original city was destroyed by a fire when privateer Henry Morgan sacked and set fire to it. The city was formally reestablished two years later on January 21, 1673, in a peninsula located 8 km (5 miles) from the original settlement. The site of the previously devastated city is still in ruins and is now a popular tourist attraction known as Panama Viejo. (more…)

Cape Coral on the Gulf of Mexico

July 11th, 2016 | Destination: | General | No Comments »

Yacht Club Beach © capecoral.net

Yacht Club Beach © capecoral.net

Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1957 and developed as a master-planned, pre-platted community, the city grew to a population of 180,000 by the year 2015. Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. It is a principal city in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is known as a “Waterfront Wonderland”, with over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world. (more…)

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