BROOKLYN (New York, USA)
The largest borough of New York, Brooklyn is located on Long Island and separated from Manhattan Island by the East River straits. There are about 2.5 million people living in Brooklyn. It performs several different functions and is a centre uniting Polish Americans. The first president of the borough was elected in 1897 when Brooklyn became a part of New York City.
The famous Brooklyn Bridge – one of world’s largest suspension bridges, finished in 1883, ranks among the attractions of Brooklyn. Brooklyn Heights is a district where many famous people such as Walt Whitman, Truman Capote and Arthur Miller used to live. The Brooklyn Museum of Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. Many works of art from antiquities of Ancient Egypt to modern art are gathered there.
The twin cities agreement was signed on 14th February 1991. It constitutes the foundations of friendly relations between the cities. The agreement also defines mutual exchange undertakings and broad cooperation in the field of economy, trade, education, science and technology.
The effects of the cooperation:
- The establishment of the World Trade Centre Gdynia (WTCG) – October 1991. WTCG is a regular member of World Trade Centres Association (WTCA) in New York uniting 332 centres in 96 countries of the world. Membership in WTCA makes it possible to exchange trade information and look for trade partners from all over the world.
- consultation on the preparation (by Gdynia City Hall) of a city guide for the disabled – 1999.
- exchange of experiences connected with the safety and crime prevention – 1999.