Commerce & Culture
Sunset Park’s Fifth Avenue reflects Brooklyn’s role as the first stop for many new Americans. It is a lively mix of communities — and their cuisines. For gourmets who want to travel the world without leaving home, a stroll on Fifth Avenue offers opportunities to snack on Mexican tlacoyos (puffy corn tortillas stuffed with beans and meat), Taiwanese fried chicken, and Sicilian cookies. Eighth Avenue also offers a wealth of restaurants, though they are predominantly Asian (specifically Chinese). The impressive Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 and is the final resting place of many famous New Yorkers. Its landscape of rolling hills, woods, and ponds became a model not only for later cemeteries but also for urban parks, while its monuments and mausoleums are fascinating examples, on a small scale, of Victorian architecture. The enormous cemetery is almost 20 times the size of Sunset Park, the neighborhood’s namesake.