A Shore Bet: Brooklyn has a whopping 30 miles of shoreline. Everyone knows Coney Island, but if you’re not a local, you might not be familiar with other gems like Plumb Beach, Pebble Beach, and the Sea Gate Beach & Cabana Club.

Bigger is Better: Brooklyn is larger—both in land area and population—than Manhattan. Other Brooklyn “big deals” include our hosting the world’s largest Hanukkah menorah and sugar factory (the erstwhile Domino), and Brooklyn Supreme, a Belgian stallion famous in the 1930s his extreme size.

You Heard It Here First: Brooklyn has always innovated. Back in the day, Sweet’N Low and teddy bears were born in Brooklyn; we’re also home to the country’s first roller coaster.

Walk of Fame: We might not have Hollywood’s famous sidewalk stars, but Brooklyn has bred more stars of stage and screen than we can count, from Barbara Streisand and Jay Z to Joe Torre and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Lights, Camera, Brooklyn: Scores of super-famous movies have been shot in our fair borough, including Dog Day Afternoon, The Warriors, Do The Right Thing, and, of course, Saturday Night Fever.

Brooklyn Underground: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, a Gothic Revival beauty and National Historic Landmark, is the final resting place of luminaries including artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, notorious politician William Magear “Boss” Tweed, and composer Leonard Bernstein.