Brooklyn History Government Office
History of Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, New York's western tip, is a place with a rich and distinguished history that dates back to the 17th Century. Lenapes had lived in the area in the past, but in 1636, the Dutch established Breukelen, a settlement on the banks the East River. Brooklyn, which is now New York City, was a predominantly rural and agricultural area in the early days of European colonization. There were fields and orchards that supplied food for the growing population of New Amsterdam (later renamed New York City).
Brooklyn () is a borough of New York City, coextensive with Kings County, in the U.S. state of New York. Kings County is the most populous county in the State of New York, and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, behind New York County (Manhattan). Brooklyn is also New York City's most populous borough, with 2,736,074 residents in 2020.Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, Brooklyn is located on the westernmost edge of Long Island and shares a border with the borough of Queens. It has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan, across the East River, and is connected to Staten Island by way of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. With a land area of 70.82 square miles (183.4 km2) and a water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is the state of New York's fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area.