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If Brooklyn was not part of New York City, it would still be one of the largest cities in the nation. Located at the western extremity of Long Island, Brooklyn spans 73 square miles and has the largest population of the city's five boroughs, 2.5 million people.

Con Edison has 884,000 residential and commercial electric customers in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, or Kings County, is a borough of many well-defined neighborhoods, from the brownstone communities of Cobble Hill and Park Slope, to Bedford-Stuyvesant, the largest African-American neighborhood in the city. Brighton Beach has a large community of Russian Jews, and there are also neighborhoods of Hispanics, Italians, Poles, Hasidic Jews, Arabs, Chinese, and others.

There is considerable light industry, including manufacturing of machinery, textiles, paper products, and chemicals. Brooklyn is also a center of foreign and domestic commerce and has extensive waterfront facilities.

Connected to Manhattan by the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges, the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel, and several subway tunnels, Brooklyn is a convenient community for residents. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Brooklyn's southern end provides Staten Island its only physical connection to the City.

Among Brooklyn's most well-known attractions are the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Prospect Park (the scene of fighting during the American Revolution), Coney Island, and the New York Aquarium.

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