Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia
Located on the east bank of the Mersey River opposite Liverpool, Brooklyn was originally known as Herring Cove and was the building place of the noted privateer brig Rover. The name Brooklyn was placed on the map in 1907 when the Halifax and Southwestern Railway opened between Yarmouth and Halifax.
In 1929, Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited opened a large pulp and paper plant in Brooklyn to produce newsprint; until its closure in 2012, it was the area's largest employer. This industrial site has since been redeveloped as a mixed use industrial and commercial facility. As of 2019, the largest firm is Aqualitas, a cannabis cultivation company. Lloyoll Built is a prefabricated and modular home builder.
Brooklyn native, Hank Snow is honoured by the Hank Snow Country Music Centre and co-located Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame which are housed in the restored heritage railway station in neighboring Liverpool.
The Brooklyn Marina is a recreational facility for sailboats and power boats. It was established in 1995, and is adjacent to the Waterfront Park. It has recently become a centre of local musical entertainment, hosting weekly musical gatherings.
Queens Place Emera Centre is a major, modern recreation centre that serves the entire Regional Municipality of Queens. The NHL-sized ice surface has double-sided permanent seating for 1000 spectators. Queens Place was built along with a large Best Western hotel complex to facilitate large tournaments and thus draw visitors to the area.
Beach Meadows beach is just outside Brooklyn and offers a lengthy stretch of white sand beachfront, protected by Coffin Island which lies approximately 1 km offshore.
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