Brooklyn

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Brooklyn
Kings County
Borough of New York City
County of New York State
Clockwise from top left: Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn brownstones, Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Coney Island
Clockwise from top left: Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn brownstones, Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Coney Island
Flag of Brooklyn
Flag
Official seal of Brooklyn
Seal
Motto(s): Eendraght Maeckt Maght
("Unity makes strength")
Location of Brooklyn, shown in yellow, in New York City
Location of Brooklyn, shown in yellow, in New York City
Coordinates: 40°37′29″N 73°57′8″W / 40.62472°N 73.95222°W / 40.62472; -73.95222
Country United States of America
State New York
County Kings (Coterminous)
City New York City
Settled 1634
Named for Breukelen, Netherlands
Government
 • Type Borough (New York City)
 • Borough President Eric Adams (D)
(Borough of Brooklyn)
 • District Attorney Eric Gonzalez (D)
(Kings County)
Area
 • Total 97 sq mi (250 km2)
 • Land 71 sq mi (180 km2)
 • Water 26 sq mi (70 km2)
Population (2017)
 • Total 2,648,771[1]
 • Density 37,306.6/sq mi (14,404.2/km2)
 • Demonym Brooklynite, Brooklyn people (plural)
ZIP Code prefix 112
Area code(s) 718/347/929, 917
Website www.Brooklyn-USA.org

Brooklyn is one of the 5 boroughs of New York City. It is also called Kings County. Brooklyn is the second largest borough in land area. In the early 21st century, about 2.5 million live there. This is more than in any of the other four boroughs.

Brooklyn is the west end of Long Island. The East River separates it from Manhattan. Brooklyn's only land boundary is with Queens. Coney Island is the south end of Brooklyn.

History[change | change source]

Brooklyn is named after a Dutch town called "Breukelen". Dutch people were the first people from Europe to live in the area. When they got there, there were already some Native American people living there called the Lenape. The Dutch set up the city in 1634 as part of the colony of New Netherland.

During the 19th century Brooklyn expanded and filled Kings County. It remained a separate city before the people there voted to join New York City in 1898. Today, many parts of Brooklyn are home to people who are mostly from one culture or ethnicity, and other parts are mixed.

The Brooklyn Bridge is a famous bridge in Brooklyn. It goes over the East River and connects Brooklyn to Manhattan. The largest bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, in Bay Ridge, connects Brooklyn to Staten Island.

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