Brooklyn by the numbers: Facts and figures from 2013

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And so that was 2013. The year Brooklyn hosted both the MTV Video Music Awards and Obama, said goodbye to Marty Markowitz, and saw one of its own elected Mayor of New York. But so much more happened in the borough last year. We have rounded up some lesser-known facts and figures that sum up the past 12 months around town.

Amount of Brooklyn Lager brewed by Brooklyn Brewery: 3,100,000 gallons

Bestselling T-shirt at Brooklyn Industries: “BK Phones” (pictured)

Number of Brooklyn Kickstarter projects: 790, raising more than $12-million

Biggest-selling book at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

Number of rotations made by the Wonder Wheel: 48,000

Most-rented film from Williamsburg’s Videology: “Looper,” rented 118 times

Variations on “The Nutcracker” performed around the borough: 7

Number of units Brooklyn-based band Vampire Weekend’s album “Modern Vampires of the City” sold: 363,000 nationwide

Where Rolling Stone ranked “Modern Vampires of the City” on its “50 Best Albums of 2013” list: 1

Most-rented prop at Gowanus’ Film Biz Recycling: A powder-blue coffin

Number of King Kong-related performances in the borough: 2

Number of articles the New York Times style section about, set in, or heavily featuring Williamsburg: At least 13; notable activities undertaken by residents included eating artisanal popcorn, drawing in bars, and distilling rum

Number of knockouts and technical knockouts at the Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Boxing: 15

Percentage increase in borough ice-skating rinks: 200

How long it would have taken to watch every single film at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival back-to-back: 1 day, 22 hours, and 52 minutes

Calories consumed by Joey Chesnut while eating 69 hotdogs to win this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest: 20,010

Most-requested new song at “Kings of Karaoke” nights around the borough: “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

Honorary proclamations made by Marty Markowitz: 1,241

Most popular video game at Williamsburg’s Barcade: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Quiz time! There are 3 people in the accompanying picture. 2 are from Brooklyn and one is a "Brooklyn Based" gentrifying transplant. guess who is who
Jan. 2, 2014, 5:02 am
bkbs from south brooklyn says:
...and the t shirt was made in china industries.
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:07 am
diehipster from Choking Chets says:
Just look at that androgynous sheep holding that shirt - not fooling anyone. I saw a friend over the New Year who I hadn't seen in a while. His new job has him dealing with businesses in Bushpointburg and he said every last cell phone number he gets from these mothereffers has some weird area code. Brooooooooklyn baby!!! Like yaaaaaaaaaaah deeeeeeed!
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:15 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Locals like SwampYankee like to whine about young transplants like the guy holding the shirt, but in reality much of the recent gentrification and displacement of low income tenants in Brooklyn has been driven by Hasidim developers 'from Brooklyn' who look like the other two people in the picture.
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:17 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
The Hasidim have lived side by side with the low income ( I wonder what you really mean by the code word "low income"?) people for generations in Williamsburg, Bushwick, Crown Heights and East New York because they are low income also. Sems when you moved here from Ohio in 2012 you brought lots of pre-conceived notions and prejudices with you. Larger point is the Hasidim and the low-income (what you call "darkies") have lived side by side for many, many generations. Dexter here, who seems to have to own shirts that say he lives in Brooklyn is the gentrifying interloper who, much like yourself, has no idea of the history or the people that were born in Brooklyn. You LIVE will never ever be FROM here. BTW, which Brooklyn High School did you go to? BAWWWWHAWWWWHAWWWW!!!!
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:52 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
What's your phone number, Mr. Hipster?
Jan. 2, 2014, 10:42 am
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
What is so great about being born in Brooklyn? I was born in Beth-El Hospital (now Brookdale Hospital) and went to public schools and Brooklyn College here. My great-great-grandparents owned a store on Stone Avenue (now Mother Cabrini Boulevard in Brownsville) a hundred years ago. So what? I don't have any more right to be here than anyone else.

Last year I was sitting on the G train in the seat behind a couple of older African American women, probably on the way to church early on Sunday morning. One of them said: "Well, our neighborhood sure is changing. It isn't like the old days."

"That's for sure," the other said. "All these new people."

There was a pause and the first older woman said, "You know what? I *like* these new people."

The second woman, sounding as if she were a bit surprised, said, "So do I."

I like these new people, too.

Everyone who lives in Brooklyn is entitled to the same rights and privileges, whether they are natives or just moved here yesterday.

There are dying cities upstate and throughout filled with people born there where no one from elsewhere wants to move.

The men in the background appear to be Hasidim. Hasidim were once newcomers, and in the history of Brooklyn, they are relatively new. For example, the Satmar Grand Rebbe Joel Teitelbaum arrived after the Holocaust in New York after World War II. Starting in 1946 of 1947, he and a small group of followers recreated their destroyed European community in Brooklyn. A 1961 survey established that its Williamsburg community included 4,500 people. Obviously it has grown a lot since then.

All kinds of other groups of people have come from all over the world and established communities large and small in a welcoming borough. Those people who seem to hate newcomers don't really understand what Brooklyn is all about. Maybe they would be happier elsewhere.
Jan. 2, 2014, 11:34 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
A true Beta male. He even has the post natal paunch from his infant's Billyburg gallery birth.
Jan. 2, 2014, 12:02 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Mr Grayson,
My family is here since 1706. you are a newcomer to me. I agree that you don't really understand Brooklyn and yes, I would be happier if you were elsewhere. Thanks for sharing Mr. Helper
Jan. 2, 2014, 12:59 pm
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Hey SwampYankee -- Sorry, I'm not the Ohio transplant of your fantasies, actually born in Manhattan, moved to BK in 1997. I point out the Hasidim because many of the aggressive firms offering cash to homeowners in the neighborhoods you mentioned are in fact Hasidim owned. As for your equating 'low income' with 'darkies', no surprise there since both you and DieHipster idolize south Brooklyn where there are no black people thanks to years of discrimination by ignorant racists like yourself. Like many others, I welcome the newcomers to the city since in my experience they are much better people across the board than loser locals like you who have nothing to contribute but dumb hatred of anyone who didn't go to high school in your neighborhood.
Jan. 2, 2014, 1:06 pm
Joe Black from Brooklyn says:
we all know nothing says real brooklyn like crawling out of your hole in the wall to use the public payphone wearing inside-out sweatpants and un-laced payless workboots after just waking up mid-afternoon
Jan. 2, 2014, 2:46 pm
person from earth says:
Swampyankee and hipster are a bunch of losers, end of story.
Jan. 2, 2014, 3:09 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
I think that the reasonable ones among us (new and old residents alike) can agree that SwampAss and DerpHipster are a bunch of troll losers. Thankfully, they are a dying breed. Let them whine as this great borough moves on and leaves them behind. It's obvious that their routine is tired. Maybe they can move in with Pat I. in the Jersey suburbs. It's not even worth debating. Let's just ignore these guys moving forward. Hopefully the BK Paper can grow up a bit and start printing more stories of substance and less troll bait for this type of ilk.
Jan. 2, 2014, 4:54 pm
person from earth says:
Well said T-bone.
Jan. 2, 2014, 11:55 pm
bkmanhatman from neuBk says:
Evevn if you dont agree with swamp yankee & diehipster its still gets me chucklin. hehhehe....
Jan. 3, 2014, 11:10 am
Sy from Astoria says:
The fact that you idiots respond to trolls make you much bigger idiots than the idiots you claim are idiots, you bunch of interloping idiots.
Jan. 5, 2014, 3:04 pm

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