Rumor has it that one in seven Americans can trace his or her roots to Brooklyn.
Once a city on its own, Brooklyn today--home to 2.5 million people--maintains all the assets of a major metropolis. Brooklyn's arts, parks, culture, commerce and industry are alive and well.
But Brooklyn has another side.
Brooklyn also faces the challenges a major city: illiteracy, poverty, hunger and crime cling to our diverse communities; a lack of education, of access to affordable homes and healthy foods plague our brilliant Brooklyn landscape.
In this section, you'll find tools to help you learn more about your borough, your neighborhood, and the critical issues facing Brooklyn's communities: