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10 Interesting Facts about Brooklyn

1. Brooklyn is larger than Manhattan, both in terms of area and population. Brooklyn has about 70 square miles of land and Manhattan 23 square miles

2. If the borough of Brooklyn were a city in its own right, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States, with a population of about 2.6 million

3. In fact, this was once the case. The merger with the City of New York was called "the great mistake of 1898" by some Brooklyn residents

4. Brooklyn, while considered part of New York City, is actually geographically located on Long Island

5. It was once considered the "Coffee Capital." By 1906, the Arbuckle Brothers coffee factory was roasting about 25 million pounds of coffee per month

6. The Brooklyn Bridge was the world's first steel-wire suspension bridge

7. A teddy bear was invented in Brooklyn. At that time it was called "Teddy Bear", named after Theodore Roosevelt, who allegedly refused to kill a bear on a hunting trip

8. Credit cards were also invented in Brooklyn, by John Biggins

9. Brooklyn is named after the Dutch settlement of Breukelen, which in turn was named after the Dutch town of the same name. (Brooklyn is the Anglicized version of Breukelen)

10. Many celebrities are from this city. They include Woody Allen, Jay Z, Michael Jordan, Barbara Streisand, Eddie Murphy, Spike Lee, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Kimmel, Cyndi Lauper, Anne Hathaway, Corbin Bleu, Jerry Seinfeld, Debra Messing, and Al Capone

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