Brooklyn’s settlement began in the 17th century as the small Dutch-founded town of "Breuckelen". The area offers amazing views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey. Known for its culture and quiet atmosphere, it is becoming a popular place to rent apartments. Brooklyn also hosts the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the second largest public art collection in the USA, housed in the Brooklyn Museum. You will find plenty to do: biking, visiting parks, retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues.