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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Anesthesiology

Living in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is the largest borough of New York City and, if an independent city, it would be the 4th largest in the country with well over 2.5 million residents. Brooklyn is separate from Manhattan geographically but is becoming the "place to be" as more people venture out from the crowding of Manhattan. The motto of Brooklyn, "in unity, there is strength," speaks to the character of the city. Whether you choose to live or work in Brooklyn, there is always excitement just outside of your doorstep.

Brooklyn has been consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and offers everything that would be expected from a modern city. It is known for its distinctive architecture, grand public parks including the Brooklyn promenade and Prospect Park, and the many excellent restaurants and microbreweries that call Brooklyn home. At the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, residents can watch the Brooklyn Nets play or catch concerts. There are opportunities that fit every lifestyle, including ample park space for runners and cyclists, performing arts at the 150 year-old Brooklyn Academy of Music, renowned exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum, diverse restaurants, and unmatched night life in many of Brooklyn's most famous neighborhoods such as Williamsburg and Park Slope. Of course, other parts of NYC are a short ride away and thus, the bounds for entertainment are endless.

Although New York City is well known for its public transportation, the expressways located in throughout Brooklyn allow our residents to get around to our clinical sites by car. Many of our residents live in neighborhoods nearby the hospitals including Park Slope, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Sunset Park and Prospect Heights, while others choose to live in Manhattan since the major traffic patterns generally travel in the opposite direction. Living expenses in New York City can be high, which is why resident salary is commensurate with the cost of living and thus significantly higher than other residency programs around the country.

Our residents find time to relax and unwind together. The residents often get together for leisure and can be found at one of the many restaurants or events that Brooklyn has to offer. Many of our residents also have raised families while living in Brooklyn. There plenty of family-friendly activities including Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and many others around the city. No matter where you're from or what you enjoy, Brooklyn has something to offer you during your time as a resident at Downstate.