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Brooklyn, also known as Kings County, is a county of the state of New York and one of the five Boroughs of New York City. Established in the 17th century as the small Dutch-founded town of "Breuckelen" on the East River shore of Long Island, Brooklyn grew to be a sizable city in the 19th century, and, in 1898, it merged with New York City -- then Manhattan and part of The Bronx -- and the rural areas of Queens and Staten Island to form the modern New York City. (Lifelong Brooklynites sometimes refer to this merger as “the Great Mistake of 1898.”)

Home to approximately 2.5 million people, Brooklyn still feels like a city in its own right. If still independent, Brooklyn would be the fourth most populous city in America.

Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are historic ethnic enclaves where distinctive ethnic groups and cultures predominate. These include African-Americans in Bedford Stuyvesant; Russians and Ukrainians in Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay; Hispanic-Americans in Bushwick; Italian-Americans in Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, Chinese-Americans in Sunset Park; Orthodox Jews and Hasidic Jews in Borough Park, Flatbush, Williamsburg and Crown Heights; Irish-Americans in Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Vinegar Hill; Polish in Greenpoint; Arab-American in Northern Bay Ridge; and West Indians in Crown Heights, Flatbush, and East Flatbush.

Brooklyn’s distinctive and influential culture stems from the Old World heritage and forward-looking momentum of these groups.  Home to a powerful cross-section of artists, the borough’s has been home to filmmakers Woody Allen and Spike Lee, writers Isaac Asimov and Paul Auster, film composer Angelo Badalamenti, Hip-Hop artist Jay Z, visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, actors Steve Buscemi and Lena Horne, and many more.

Streetfilms-Tour de Brooklyn 2007
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