Do you really live in Brooklyn? 19 ways you know you truly live in Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Bridge, which you might see sometimes if you live in Brooklyn! via Flickr user David Papworth

Brooklyn! Everyone wants to live here these days, but how can you be sure you really live here? If you’ve experienced any of these things that only a true Brooklynite has, you know that you definitely do!

1. Your license says “Brooklyn” in the space where the city goes

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via Flickr user luismontanez

2. When you leave Manhattan to go home, you take a train marked “Brooklyn”

via Flickr user Gane
via Flickr user Gane

3. When filling out forms, you put “Brooklyn” in the town box

via Flickr user Bernt Rostad
via Flickr user Bernt Rostad

4. Or, you put “Kings” if the form asks what county you live in

via Flickr user Salim Virji
via Flickr user Salim Virji

5. If someone asks you “Hey, do you live in Manhattan?” you say “No, I live in Brooklyn.”

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Photo via Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

6. When people at a concert say “It’s nice to be here in Brooklyn,” sometimes you clap

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via Flickr user exilism

7. You are eligible to vote for Brooklyn borough president

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via Flickr user Shanti

8. When people ask, “Which Whole Foods is in your borough, the SoHo one or the Brooklyn one?” You say “The Brooklyn one”

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via Flickr user Will Hedington

9. The geographic location of you home on a GPS system shows you to be east of Manhattan and Staten Island, and west and south of Queens (except for Rockaway, which you are north of)

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via Flickr user Burkhard Schmidt

10. When a friend says “My friend is moving to Brooklyn, you live there, right? Do you know anything about it you can share with them?” You respond: “Yes”

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via Flickr user Baptiste Pons

11. When you see a news story about something happening on or near the block you live on, the block is in Brooklyn

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via Flickr user Loic Lagarde

12. Your area code is 718, and you don’t live in Queens or Staten Island. Unless you’re still on your parents’ family plan, in which case never mind

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via Flickr user Clement Belleudy

13. When people say “the park” you immediately think they mean Prospect Park, because that’s the closest park to you

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via Flickr user Will Marlow

14. You read Brokelyn dot com to find things to do in the borough in which you live

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via Flickr user Ludovic Berton

15. If someone asks where you live, you say “Brooklyn.”

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via Flickr user David Wilson

16. When you log on to weather dot com and put in Brooklyn, you get mad that it gives you the weather for Brooklyn, Ohio because that is not the Brooklyn where you live

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via Flickr user Kevin Christopher Burke

17. The bus line you take to get home is identified by B[NUMBER]

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via Flickr user Aliane

18. When you step out the front door of your house in the morning, you are standing on a piece of land that is legally part of Brooklyn

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via Flickr user Ed Costello

19. When people you know see Brooklyn locations in TV or movies, they ask you “Hey, do you live near that? That’s in Brooklyn” or “Have you been there before? That’s in Brooklyn”


  1. swampyankee

    This all sounds terribly desperate. You so want people to know you live in Brooklyn. This is easy. Does it say Brooklyn on your birth certificate or on you High School diploma? If not you may live in Brooklyn, but you are not “from” Brooklyn

      • swampyankee

        Rules are if you have a Brooklyn Birth Certificate and/or a diploma (or dropped out of) a Brooklyn High School you are from Brooklyn. Everyone else is an immigrant or a transplant at best. sorry those are the rules. The executive committee can change those rules with a majority vote. If you are from Brooklyn you are eligible to attend executive committee meetings. If you don’t know when and where those meetings are you are not from Brooklyn. Everybody is welcome to live in Brooklyn, but to really be “from” Brooklyn is an entirely different thing.

        • al fair

          what if you were born in a hospital in queens and went to Bronx science but your family always lived in brooklyn?

          also, by your count, my brother is -from- brooklyn even though he spent from 6-21 in the suburbs and 21-48 in Manhattan. that doesn’t really seem right does it?

          • swampyankee

            I consulted with the executive committee. You are from Brooklyn and so is your bother. Quick question for your brother; When he refers to “The City” does he mean the anywhere in the 5 boroughs or just Manhattan ? This is important

  2. ClintonHillion

    20. You get irritated at alleged Brooklyn-boosting lists because they assume the closest park to you is Prospect Park; a park you spend almost no time in because, well, Ft. Greene Park is much closer.

  3. melanie

    i know i live in brooklyn because when anyone includes photos of my hometown borough, they only include the bridge, as though thats the only thing to see in the world’s greatest borough.
    some other ideas
    -grand army plaza
    – promenade
    – museum
    – botanic gardens
    – coney island
    – sheapshead bay
    – flatbush avenue
    – eastern parkway
    – ocean parkway
    – kensington
    – brooklyn college

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