The city's tourism bonanza is giving Brooklyn a boost.
More out-of-towners came to the borough in 2010 than ever before - part of a 6.8 % citywide increase that drew 48.7 million visitors to the New Yor city after tourism took a big hit in 2009 from the recession.
Brooklyn attractions and cultural institutions drew 15 million visitors in 2010, according to estimates by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.Internationally, the biggest numbers tourists come from Western Europe, Japan, and increasingly China, Markowitz said.
"Just walking around the park, you can hear the different languages spoken," said Dennis Vourderis, owner of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park in Coney Island. "There are a lot more people coming in from Europe...They've never been to Coney Island before."
Visitors to his park jumped 17% last summer, during a banner year in which sunny skies and new attractions brought 14 million people to Coney Island. It was the amusement area's best season in 46 years.
The New York Aquarium drew 25,000 more visitors last year, jumping to 767,023, the highest among Brooklyn cultural institutions. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also had an increase in 2010 - 10,000 visitors more than the previous year.