The state of New Hampshire boasts about half the population of the borough of Brooklyn, yet it hosts a primary that has inordinate influence on who becomes president. Everyone in Wyoming could fit between Eastern Parkway and the LIE, but the Cowboy State gets two U.S. Senators. Houston has the Astros, the Rockets and the Texans, but Brooklyn has a half-million more people.
Pretty much since the Roebling family built their bridge across the East River, Brooklyn has been fighting for respect. In the past 10 years, as once unfashionable Brooklyn neighborhoods suddenly became cool and local citizen journalists learned how to use the Web, Brooklyn began to develop the kind of national profile it deserved.
But in New York’s political and media landscape, it’s still seen as downhill from Manhattan.
With support from the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City Limits hopes to change that.
In coming months, we will launch a Brooklyn Bureau designed to deliver in-depth investigative reporting on what’s going on in Brooklyn, from Greenpoint to Gravesend and Carrol Gardens to Canarsie.