Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City, located on the western tip of Long Island, just southeast of Manhattan. An independant city until its consolidation with New York in 1898, Brooklyn is New York City's most populous borough, with 2.5 million residents, and second largest in area. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is now the most populous county in New York State and the second most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan).
Though a part of New York City, Brooklyn maintains a distinct culture, independant art scene, and unique architectural heritage. Many Brooklyn neighbourhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic groups and cultures predominate.