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Battle of the Boroughs: Brooklyn vs. Manhattan

It's the age old question: Which is better, Brooklyn or Manhattan?

Before you answer, we have broken down some of the major draws for each borough, as well as some the negatives. Take a look at each of our categories and then decide: Brooklyn or Manhattan?

Parks

Central Park holds a special place in the
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Central Park holds a special place in the hearts of all New Yorkers, but what about the rest of Manhattan? Brooklyn has Prospect Park, pictured, but also plenty others--including Adam Yauch Park, named after the Beastie Boy.

Waterfronts

Is there any way to beat the waterfronts
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Is there any way to beat the waterfronts in NYC? Choosing between Brooklyn's and Manhattan's is a little like being asked to choose a favorite child--New Yorkers love them both, although we know each one is special in its own way.

Schools

Some of Manhattan's public schools have long been
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Some of Manhattan's public schools have long been famous, but Brooklyn has always managed to hold its own--and it doesn't hurt that Mayor Bill de Blasio's son Dante is currently a student at Brooklyn Technical High School.

Museums

Manhattan's
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Manhattan's "Museum Mile" is world famous, but there are still plenty of other museums throughout the borough. Brooklyn, though, has the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

Shopping

Manhattan's 5th Ave. might be known as the
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Manhattan's 5th Ave. might be known as the shopping mecca, but don't count out Brooklyn's boutiques in Boerum Hill and Park Slope. There's something for everyone!

Stadiums

Since the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957, Madison
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Since the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957, Madison Square Garden was the only place in town for a basketball or hockey game or concert (except for the outdoor concerts at Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium or Central Park). But all that changed in 2012, when Barclays Center finally opened above the LIRR's Atlantic Terminal.

Theater

Obviously Broadway is Broadway. And the Public Theater's
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Obviously Broadway is Broadway. And the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park is unparalleled. But hear us out: Brooklyn has plenty of theater too, and a lot of it is experimental--and more creative than the Disney-fied Broadway.

Movies

There's nothing like a classic Manhattan movie. Take
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There's nothing like a classic Manhattan movie. Take your pick, there are dozens. But there's something to be said about Brooklyn movies too, whether it be "Do the Right Thing," pictured, or "Moonstruck."

Celebrity spokesperson

Manhattan long dominated the world of celebrities, but
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Manhattan long dominated the world of celebrities, but Brooklyn has been creeping up in popularity in its rebirth. Woody Allen, left, once wrote the phrase "he was too romantic about Manhattan" (in "Manhattan," of course) and Lena Dunham, right, gave a voice to a certain type of millennial living in Brooklyn.

Bookstores

NYC is still home to some great independent
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NYC is still home to some great independent bookstores. In Manhattan, there is the Strand and in Brooklyn, there's Bookcourt.

Literary tradition

For some literary-minded people, the roundtable at the
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For some literary-minded people, the roundtable at the Algonquin is a sacred history. Or perhaps the White Horse Tavern, where Dylan Thomas (allegedly) drank himself to death. But Brooklyn has its own literary tradition (Walt Whitman lived there!), and these days, you can take a walk down a street in Brooklyn without walking into a wandering writer.

Tourist traps

Everyone has to visit tourist traps at some
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Everyone has to visit tourist traps at some point, right? It's a little bit like playing Would You Rather, but take your pick of each borough's tourist traps.

Coffee shops

Manhattan once had the most famous (fictional) coffee
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Manhattan once had the most famous (fictional) coffee shop of all time, Central Perk. But is it Brooklyn's day now, with (real) Cafe Grumpy being featured prominently on "Girls"?

Chinese food

Manhattan's Chinatown is famous for having it all,
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Manhattan's Chinatown is famous for having it all, whether it be Northern food or Cantonese eats. In Brooklyn, Cantonese food reigns supreme, especially in Sunset Park and Sheepshead Bay.

Pizza

There's no pizza like an NYC pizza. Little
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There's no pizza like an NYC pizza. Little Italy is technically in Manhattan, but Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights are all in Brooklyn. Mangia!

Desserts

Junior's may have expanded into Manhattan, but it's
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Junior's may have expanded into Manhattan, but it's a Brooklyn institution. Besides, Brooklyn is also the home of the egg cream, the world's most simple (yet delicious) dessert. Manhattan has Serendipity 3, which has frozen hot chocolate about the size of a baby.

Mayors

While Mayor Bill de Blasio is now a
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While Mayor Bill de Blasio is now a Manhattanite, he still owns his house in Park Slope--and he's been remiss to denounce his Brooklyn roots. Ed Koch, meanwhile, was born in the Bronx but moved to Greenwich Village, and he hated to leave Manhattan, and even insisted on being buried there. Of course, Ed Koch had the great unifying line about NYC: "At age 88, I wake up every morning and say to myself, 'Well, I'm still in New York. Thank you, God."

Escape routes

Manhattan is home to Penn Station, Grand Central
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Manhattan is home to Penn Station, Grand Central Station and Port Authority if you want to leave the city. Brooklyn has the Atlantic Terminal at Barclays, which is new and features the Long Island Rail Road.

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