Oh, goody. The New York Times‘ City Room reports that tourism in New York City hit a new high last year, raking in a record 48.7 million slow-walking, skyscraper-gazing, sidewalk-congesting, Century 21-shopping visitors.
“New York City’s banner year for tourism is due in no small part to Brooklyn’s own success as the destination choice for millions of visitors from across the globe. Brooklyn is ‘proud host to everyone from everywhere,’ with our unique cultural attractions, hot music scene, historic, hip and diverse neighborhoods, boutique and budget-minded hotels, amazing restaurants, great shopping and, of course, world-class wonders like Prospect Park, Coney Island and the spectacular new Brooklyn Bridge Park. I like to say that Brooklyn has it all, but if visitors want to take a day trip to Manhattan, that’s ok too — and judging from these record numbers, a lot of them do!”You hear that, tourists? “Destination choice for millions of visitors from across the globe.” So get out of our way and go do some shopping at Fulton Mall, take a scenic walk along the Gowanus, and spend the evening strolling around East New York. It’ll be fun, we promise. Hope the L train is running!