Brooklyn – (still the) 4th Largest City in America

= = = I’ve been getting some pretty funny messages telling me that Brooklyn is NOT a city.

The comments are related to the trailer video for my book Growing Up Greenpoint – (please share the video – a shameless plug….).

I find the comments pretty funny.

The reference in my trailer, is the same as it was originally in the Welcome Back Kotter theme. Based on the population of the borough of Brooklyn alone, Brooklyn would be the 4th largest city in America.

Could it be some people have never seen “Welcome Back Kotter?” You know the song – hum it.

Ha! Now it’ll be stuck in your head all day.

If you haven’t heard it, or you just want to listen to it because it’s a great tune, watch it on Youtube – the link is below. Better yet, go to iTunes and download John Sebastian’s song, let’s make him wonder why it’s getting so many downloads.

Now for the statistics, here’s more for those interested.

In 2016, the United States Census Bureau estimated that Brooklyn, which is the most populous borough of New York City, had an estimated 2,629,150. That would mean, if Brooklyn was a city on its own, which it is NOT (Yes, I know that…) it would be ranked fourth.

(The full list is summarized at this link.)

And did you know that a replica of the highway sign shown during the intro to “Welcome Back Kotter” now hangs in Brooklyn Borough Hall?   Read about that below too.

Supposedly, Houston is knocking on Brooklyn’s door for the 4th spot. That’s fine by me. There aren’t enough parkin spots now, so enough is enough. And Houston is cheating anyway – they are spreading out far and wide, so it’s not a fair comparison.

Some fun links:

Welcome Back Kotter Theme – YouTube.

Here’s a reference to how a mock-up of the original sign is now in Borough Hall.

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