Brooklyn was named after the Dutch city Breukelen. It is one of the five New York City boroughs. Brooklyn was an independent city until its consolidation into New York in 1898. It is New York's most populous borough, with nearly 2.5 million residents. If the five boroughs were independent cities Brooklyn would rank as US's 3rd most populous city behind Los Angeles and Chicago. Brooklyn is in Kings County, the most populous county in New York State, and the 2nd most densely populated county in the United States.
Brooklyn maintains a distinct character of its own even though it is a part of New York City. Brooklyn is enriched by cultural diversity, a cutting-edge art scene, strong neighborhoods, and awesome 19th century architecture. The city has a largely Democratic population. Brooklyn's most famous team, the Dodgers, played at Ebbets Field and was named after trolley dodgers a reference to the many streetcar lines that once ran through the borough. After a 43-year hiatus, pro baseball finally returned in 2001 with the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league team, playing in Coney Island.
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