"It'd take a
guy a lifetime to know Brooklyn t'roo an' t'roo,"
wrote novelist Thomas Wolfe. "An' even den,
yuh wouldn't know it all."
occupies a special place in the American imagination.
The Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, Fulton's
Ferry, and the Dodgers are just a few of the
magical names associated with the borough's
history, each conjuring up a thousand unforgettable
images depicting the American experience.
It is also the quintessential city of immigrants.
One out of every seven Americans can trace their
family roots through the streets of Brooklyn.
Today, the borough's streets ring with the accents
of the newest Americans expressing themselves
in Creole, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.
If Brooklyn were still independent, it would
be the fourth most populous city in the United
States. Instead, it is best known as the largest
of New York City's five boroughs -- and home
to some 2.3 million people.