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About New York City - Brooklyn
The bustling borough of Brooklyn has come a long way since its humble roots as a sleepy Dutch town settled in the 1600s. An official part of New York City since 1898, Brooklyn is now the most populous of the 5 boroughs with more than 2.5 million residents in just 70 square miles. Even so, Brooklyn is considered by locals to be “quieter” and “more spacious” than Manhattan, offering a different energy from its sister across the bridge. Its affordability makes it a popular choice for families.
Many languages are spoken in this diverse borough and the area is home to many ethnic enclaves including vibrant Jewish, Jamaican, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Puerto Rican, Dominican and Chinese communities. This diversity is reflected in everything from the housing to the food. Small family-owned shops and restaurants are common – 90% of businesses in this borough have less than 20 employees.
Brooklyn offers a variety of neighborhoods to choose from – from the residential Brooklyn Heights to the industrial “Dumbo”. Housing options range from tiny studio apartments to spacious 19th-century row houses and everything in-between. Live/work spaces are also increasingly common as artists have been priced out of Manhattan.
Many rooftop bars and restaurants offer some of the best views of Manhattan, and other famous attractions include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Coney Island and Barclay’s Center.