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Brooklyn is a borough in Kings County, one of the five counties of New York City.

The community was named for the Dutch settlement called Breukelen, which meant "broken land."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Brooklyn. For links to other places called Brooklyn, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Brooklyn is 40.65N. The longitude is -73.95W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 23 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 2,465,326.


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Median household income
Local
$32,135
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Brooklyn demographic reports
Brooklyn is across from Manhattan, on the East River.
Former and merged names include:
· Breuckelen
Settled by the Dutch in 1636.

Gen. Lafayette laid the cornerstone of Brooklyn's first library in 1825, on Cranberry Street. Among the throngs who came to see him was a young boy named Walt Whitman.

The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, to the booming of cannon and whistling of thousands of steamers. It was then the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Known in the 1920s as a center of organized crime. Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Albert Anastasia launched their careers here.

Public transportation: Long Island Bus, Long Island Railroad, MTA (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Filming location for:
· 1987 movie, "Moonstruck"
· 1989 movie, "Do the Right Thing"
· 1984 movie, "Moscow on the Hudson "
· 2006 movie, "Half Nelson"
Well-known residents have included:
· George Gershwin, composer
· Richard Dreyfuss, actor
· Louis Gossett Jr., actor
· Notorious B.I.G, rapper
· Barry Manilow, singer
Local bands (past and present) have included Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Chock Full o' Nuts, Java Dave's, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Coney Island Film Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest - July 4, 2007
  • West Indian-American Carnival Parade - Sept. 3, 2007
  • Brooklyn Pride Festival - June 3-9, 2007
  • Brooklyn Film Festival - June 1-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Brooklyn web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Brooklyn Philharmonic, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, The Heights Players, Mark Morris Dance Group
Nearby parks & recreation: Prospect Park, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brighton Beach and Boardwalk, Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk, Manhattan Beach
Brooklyn attractions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sports teams: Cyclones (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn History Museum, New York Transit Museum, Waterfront Museum, Coney Island Museum
Colleges and universities: CUNY - Brooklyn College, CUNY - Medgar Evers College, Polytechnic University of New York - Brooklyn Campus, Pratt Institute, St. Francis College, St. Joseph's College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
If you want to make Brooklyn in words or film or paint, you must see the way the sun defines the silent streets on an early Sunday morning, sculpting trees, buildings, fire hydrants, stray dogs, and wandering people with an almost perfect clarity.
-- Pete Hamill

I live in Brooklyn. By choice.
-- A House on the Heights
Truman Capote


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Neighborhoods in Brooklyn include Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Broadway Junction, Brooklyn Heights ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Brooklyn include Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Broadway Junction, Brooklyn Heights ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Brooklyn demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kings County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, New York area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 11201 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

2% of Brooklyn residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Brooklyn ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Brooklyn was $16,775, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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22% of Brooklyn residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Brooklyn include Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District, Boerum Hill Historic District, Brooklyn Heights Historic District, Carroll Gardens Historic District, Clinton Hill South Historic District, Cobble Hill Historic District, Ditmas Park Historic District, Fort Greene Historic District, Fulton Ferry District, Greenpoint Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Brooklyn, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $621.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,605.


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Libraries in Brooklyn include Arlington, Bay Ridge, Bedford, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Public Library, Brower Park, Brownsville, Bushwick ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Brooklyn include Bay Ridge Courier, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Graphic, Brooklyn Heights Courier, Brooklyn Paper, Canarsie Courier, Canarsie Digest, Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Courier, Downtown Brooklyn Star, Flatbush Life ... More newspapers

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Politics

Kings County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Brooklyn political report.

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Restaurants

Brooklyn restaurants taking online reservations include Archives Restaurant, Austin's Steakhouse, Bouillabaisse 126, Dressler, Futura Bistro Moderne, New York Steak House, River Cafe, Saul Restaurant, Stone Park Cafe, The Pearl Room ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Brooklyn workers is 43 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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