New Downtown Brooklyn Information Center Opens

By Helena Zhu, Epoch Times
February 10, 2010 Updated: February 10, 2010

NEW YORK—In order to make tourists feel more welcomed in Brooklyn, Borough President Marty Markowitz and MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) members cut the ribbon at the opening of the district’s new Downtown Brooklyn Information Center on Tuesday.

The weatherproof booth, located at 370 Jay St. and Myrtle Avenue, has been equipped to provide the public with maps, special events, and information on Downtown Brooklyn attractions and stores.

Since 2004, Downtown Brooklyn was rezoned and has undergone revitalization. Since then, more than $9 billion has been invested into transforming the area. It is the third largest business district in the Ccity after Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.

“When more visitors come to experience our vibrant downtown, cultural institutions, treasures like our waterfront, as well as the boundless character and characters of our many hip and diverse neighborhoods, that means dollars coming into Brooklyn,” said Markowitz in a press release.

The information center will go a long way toward making sure people keep visiting, working, shopping, staying in our hotels, dining at our restaurants, and falling in love with Downtown Brooklyn (and if they want to take a day trip into Manhattan, that’s okay!)”

College students trained to provide local information will serve as street ambassadors at the kiosk.

The center will initially be open on weekdays during business hours. Depending on acceptance and demand the hours may be expanded.