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Education in Brooklyn is provided by a vast number of public and private institutions.

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Brooklyn is characterized by cultural diversity, an independent art scene, distinct neighborhoods, and a unique architectural heritage.

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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.

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The Satmar Jewish community of Brooklyn operates its own network of schools, which is the fourth largest school system in New York state.

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Brooklyn had now reached its natural municipal boundaries at the ends of Kings County.

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Brooklyn is located on the westernmost point of Long Island and shares its only land boundary with Queens to the northeast.

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The most controversial political issue is over the proposed Brooklyn Nets Arena, a large development project.

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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.

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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.

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A special archive will house the records and history of Brooklyn's arts communities.

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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.

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Private schools range from the elite Berkeley Carroll School to religious schools run by Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Jewish organizations.

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Of registered voters in Brooklyn, 69.7 percent are Democrats.

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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.

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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.

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At its south westernmost section, Brooklyn is separated from Staten Island by the Narrows, where Upper and Lower New York Bay meet.

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Walt Whitman wrote of the Brooklyn waterfront in his classic poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.

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Brooklyn Law School was founded in 1901 and is notable for its diverse student body.

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Over time, the name evolved from Breuckelen, to Brockland, Brocklin, Brookline, and eventually Brooklyn.

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Currently, Brooklyn's Borough President is Marty Markowitz, elected as a Democrat in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.

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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.

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Movies and television have also used Brooklyn as their setting and their inspiration, as in the case of two famous movies from the 1970s.

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Brooklyn's official motto is Een Draght Mackt Maght.

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The Brooklyn College campus serves as home to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts complex and its four theaters, including the George Gershwin.

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Strong international immigration to Brooklyn generates jobs in services, retailing and construction.

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The highest point in Brooklyn is the area around Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, rising approximately 200 feet (60 m) above sea level.

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Brooklyn has 16 City Council members, the largest number of any of the five boroughs.

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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.

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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.

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Brooklyn has not voted for a Republican in a national presidential election in the last 50 years.

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Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City.

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The county had two cities: the City of Brooklyn and the City of Williamsburgh.

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Long Island University is a private university in Downtown Brooklyn with 6,417 undergraduate students.

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Northern Brooklyn's coast is defined by the East River, while middle Brooklyn adjoins New York Bay.

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Two of Brooklyn's most famous icons are the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Dodgers, today known as the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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In 2000, 91 percent of the approximately 38,704 business establishments in Brooklyn had fewer than 20 employees.

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Kings County was one of the original 12 counties, and Brooklyn was one of the original six towns within Kings County.

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The unemployment rate in Brooklyn in March 2006 was 5.9 percent.

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Brooklyn's southern coast includes the peninsula on which stretch Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach.

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There's a significant business library in Brooklyn Heights.

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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.

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The Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Series championship in 1955 by defeating the Yankees, becoming heroes among their fellow Brooklynites.

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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.

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In August and September 1776, the Battle of Long Island (occasionally now called, anachronistically, the "Battle of Brooklyn") was fought in Kings County.

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The pharmacologist Ryan J. Huxtable aptly noted that "Chocolate is more than a food but less than a drug."

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In 2004, 215,000 Brooklyn residents worked in the services sector, while 27,500 worked in manufacturing.

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The Brooklyn Bridge was the first suspension bridge to be built across the East River to facilitate transportation into Lower Manhattan.

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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.

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Arthur Miller's 1955 play A View From the Bridge is set in Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn has played a major role in American letters.

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New York, and Brooklyn along with it, gained independence from the British with the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

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Brooklyn has a culture rich in history and tradition.

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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.

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BHS houses a treasure trove of materials relating to the founding of the U.S. and the history of Brooklyn and its people.