The centralized New York City government is responsible for public education, correctional institutions, libraries, public safety, recreational facilities, sanitation, water supply, and welfare services.The office of Borough President was created in the consolidation of 1898 to balance centralization with local authority.Brooklyn annexed Williamsburgh in 1854, which lost its final "h" in the process.
It was the first major battle in the American Revolutionary War following the Declaration of Independence and the largest battle of the entire conflict.
While General George Washington's defeat on the battlefield cast early doubts on his abilities as a military tactician and leader, he New York became the British political and military base of operations in North America.
The county was named in honor of King Charles II of England.
In August and September of 1776, the Battle of Long Island (also called the ) was fought in Kings County.
More American prisoners died in these prison-ships than the sum of all the American battle casualties of the Revolutionary War.
The first half of the nineteenth century saw significant growth along the economically-strategic East River waterfront, across from New York City.Over time, the name evolved from Breuckelen, to Brockland, to Brocklin, to Brookline, to Brookland and eventually, to Brooklyn.Kings County was one of the original counties, and Brooklyn was one of the original six towns within Kings County.Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! Brooklyn was an independent city until its consolidation with New York City in 1898, and continues to maintain a distinct culture, independent art scene, and unique architectural heritage. 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).The building of rail links, such as the Brighton Beach Line in 1878 heralded explosive growth, and, in the space of a decade, the City of Brooklyn annexed the Town of New Lots in 1886, the Town of Flatbush, the Town of Gravesend, and the Town of New Utrecht in 1894, and the Town of Flatlands in 1896.