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Location of Brooklyn, shown in yellow, in New York City
|Country||United States of America|
|City||New York City|
|Named for||Breukelen, Netherlands|
|• Type||Borough (New York City)|
|• Borough President||Eric Adams (D)|
— (Borough of Brooklyn)
|• District Attorney||Eric Gonzalez (D) |
— (Kings County)
|• Total||97 sq mi (250 km2)|
|• Land||71 sq mi (180 km2)|
|• Water||26 sq mi (70 km2)|
|• Density||37,306.6/sq mi (14,404.2/km2)|
|• Demonym||Brooklynite, Brooklyn people (plural)|
|ZIP Code prefix|
Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs of New York City. It also covers the same area as 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 in the north. Brooklyn's only land boundary is with Queens in the east. Jamaica Bay separates Brooklyn from Rockaway in the south. The Narrows separates Brooklyn from Staten Island in the west.
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 started the town 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. Other parts are mixed.
The Brooklyn Bridge is old and famous. It goes over the East River and connects Downtown Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan. The longest bridge in New York, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Bay Ridge connects Brooklyn to Staten Island.
- QuickFacts for Kings County (Brooklyn Borough), New York, United States Census Bureau. Accessed March 28, 2018.