French love affair with Brooklyn

- France has always had a love affair with New York City.  What's more demonstrative than the gift of Lady Liberty?

The French love Brooklyn so much, the Parisian department store Le Bon Marche dedicated its annual theme to Brooklyn style. These days, the French are flocking to Brooklyn, and they're coming in droves.

Last year, just under a million French tourists visited Kings County. French food is gaining in popularity, too. I decided to check out Juliette on North 5th Street. This place has a main dining area and a rooftop, delicious drinks, and favorites like French onion soup. But the relaxed, bohemian vibe helps draw people in.

It's not uncommon to find French tourists admiring the street art in Bushwick or strolling along the brownstone lined avenues of Fort Greene.

Brooklyn schools are reflecting the French invasion too. P.S.58 in Carroll Gardens has the largest dual language program in the city.

Even Fodor's, the popular guide book company, agrees Brooklyn is hot. They've recently released a Brooklyn edition, the first dedicated to a borough, not to a city.

 So while Manhattan has always been New York City's crown jewel, for the French Brooklyn just seems to have that indefinable je ne sais quoi. 

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