Education in Brooklyn is provided by a vast number of public and private institutions.
Brooklyn is characterized by cultural diversity, an independent art scene, distinct neighborhoods, and a unique architectural heritage.
Brooklyn's job market is driven by three main factors: the performance of the national and city economy, population flows, and the borough's position as a convenient "back office" for New York's businesses.
The Satmar Jewish community of Brooklyn operates its own network of schools, which is the fourth largest school system in New York state.
Brooklyn had now reached its natural municipal boundaries at the ends of Kings County.
Brooklyn is located on the westernmost point of Long Island and shares its only land boundary with Queens to the northeast.
The most controversial political issue is over the proposed Brooklyn Nets Arena, a large development project.
In 1898, Brooklyn residents voted by a slight majority to join with Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Richmond (later Staten Island) as the five boroughs to form modern New York City.
According to the Leiter Report, a compendium of law school rankings published by Brian Leiter, Brooklyn Law School places 31st nationally for quality of students.
A special archive will house the records and history of Brooklyn's arts communities.
Jobs in the borough have traditionally been concentrated in manufacturing, but since 1975, Brooklyn has shifted from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy.
Private schools range from the elite Berkeley Carroll School to religious schools run by Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Jewish organizations.
Of registered voters in Brooklyn, 69.7 percent are Democrats.
Betty Smith's 1943 book A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, and the 1945 film based on it, are among the best-known early works about life in Brooklyn.
Forty-four percent of Brooklyn's employed population, or 410,000 people, work in the borough; more than half of the borough's residents work outside its boundaries.
At its south westernmost section, Brooklyn is separated from Staten Island by the Narrows, where Upper and Lower New York Bay meet.
Walt Whitman wrote of the Brooklyn waterfront in his classic poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.
Brooklyn Law School was founded in 1901 and is notable for its diverse student body.
Over time, the name evolved from Breuckelen, to Brockland, Brocklin, Brookline, and eventually Brooklyn.
Currently, Brooklyn's Borough President is Marty Markowitz, elected as a Democrat in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.
The Brooklyn Museum, opened in 1897, is among the world's premier art institutions with a permanent collection that includes more than 1.5 million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art.
Movies and television have also used Brooklyn as their setting and their inspiration, as in the case of two famous movies from the 1970s.
Brooklyn's official motto is Een Draght Mackt Maght.
The Brooklyn College campus serves as home to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts complex and its four theaters, including the George Gershwin.
Strong international immigration to Brooklyn generates jobs in services, retailing and construction.
The highest point in Brooklyn is the area around Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, rising approximately 200 feet (60 m) above sea level.
Brooklyn has 16 City Council members, the largest number of any of the five boroughs.
Brooklyn has many well-defined neighborhoods, many of which developed from distinct towns and villages that date back to its founding in the Dutch colonial era in the early 1600s.
An independent city until its consolidation into New York in 1898, Brooklyn is New York City's most populous borough, with nearly 2.5 million residents.
Brooklyn has not voted for a Republican in a national presidential election in the last 50 years.
Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City.
The county had two cities: the City of Brooklyn and the City of Williamsburgh.
Long Island University is a private university in Downtown Brooklyn with 6,417 undergraduate students.
Northern Brooklyn's coast is defined by the East River, while middle Brooklyn adjoins New York Bay.
Two of Brooklyn's most famous icons are the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Dodgers, today known as the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 2000, 91 percent of the approximately 38,704 business establishments in Brooklyn had fewer than 20 employees.
Kings County was one of the original 12 counties, and Brooklyn was one of the original six towns within Kings County.
The unemployment rate in Brooklyn in March 2006 was 5.9 percent.
Brooklyn's southern coast includes the peninsula on which stretch Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach.
There's a significant business library in Brooklyn Heights.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), is a complex including the 2,109-seat Howard Gilman Opera House, the 874-seat Harvey Lichtenstein Theater, and the art house BAM Rose Cinemas.
The Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Series championship in 1955 by defeating the Yankees, becoming heroes among their fellow Brooklynites.
Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York, and was the first public co-ed liberal arts college in New York City.
In August and September 1776, the Battle of Long Island (occasionally now called, anachronistically, the "Battle of Brooklyn") was fought in Kings County.
The pharmacologist Ryan J. Huxtable aptly noted that "Chocolate is more than a food but less than a drug."
In 2004, 215,000 Brooklyn residents worked in the services sector, while 27,500 worked in manufacturing.
The Brooklyn Bridge was the first suspension bridge to be built across the East River to facilitate transportation into Lower Manhattan.
Today, Downtown Brooklyn is the third-largest central business district in New York City, after Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan It has many commercial towers and a rapidly increasing number of residential buildings.
Arthur Miller's 1955 play A View From the Bridge is set in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn has played a major role in American letters.
New York, and Brooklyn along with it, gained independence from the British with the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
Brooklyn has a culture rich in history and tradition.
The centralized New York City government is responsible for public education, correctional institutions, libraries, public safety, recreational facilities, sanitation, water supply, and welfare services in Brooklyn.
BHS houses a treasure trove of materials relating to the founding of the U.S. and the history of Brooklyn and its people.