Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Brooklyn is New York's most popular borough, with nearly 3.5 million residents.
Though a part of New York City, Brooklyn maintains a distinct character of its own. Brooklyn is characterized by cultural diversity, and independent arts scene, a wide array of restaurants and pubs, and a unique architectural heritage.
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. These neighborhoods include some of the most gentrified and affluent neighborhoods in New York, along with ample subway lines, cultural institutions, and high-end restaurants.