Lotus Flower - symbol of the enlightened mind, because it rises out of the mud and still it's clear and unstained. So is our mind in it's pure state: Completely awakend.
From Brooklyn you can see the beautiful design of the Manhattan Bridge and it looks so coincidental that you can see the Empire State Building as if viewed from a window on the "other side". And indeed New York gives you that vibe. Being in Manhattan looking over to Brooklyn or the other way round, it always feels as two separate worlds. Or just two sides of the same coin.