As Brooklyn sheds churches, it might be losing a nickname too

The Borough of what exactly?

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It’s the County of Kings. It’s the new Manhattan. It’s in the middle of everything. It’s beautiful. D.L. Jennings, Williamsburg
It’s still the Borough of Churches to me. There’s so many of them! They’re all over the place. Bertha Young, Brownsville
No one has said that to me in a while, but I think it’s still the Borough of Churches. If I go up on my roof I can see a ton of them. Herb Rosenbaum, Brooklyn Heights
I say it still is the Borough of Churches. If anyone says anything different, they don’t know what they’re talking about. Churches are everywhere. All different faiths, cultures, and denominations. Elisa Liggins, Coney Island
I think it’s the Borough of Neighborhoods. It’s much more neighborhood-y than Manhattan. It has smaller, more unique neighborhoods that don’t bleed into each other. They’re distinct. Bailey Griswold, Crown Heights

Brooklyn has long been known as the Borough of Churches. But with so many chapels selling out to deep-pocketed developers or, as in the case of Downtown’s Recovery House of Worship, seeking a massive overhaul from them, is it still true? We quizzed everyday Brooklynites, asking: “If Brooklyn is no longer the ‘Borough of Churches,’ then what is it the borough of?”

The verdict? Not everybody agrees with our premise.

— Photos and interviews by Matthew Perlman

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
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Pam Staples from Brooklyn Heights says:
What about the Burough of Stuff?

You know, like things. There's lots of that in Brooklyn.
Feb. 19, 2014, 7:51 am
The Chooch from the Church of Bohemia says:
Many of the churches of Brooklyn have declining congregations and are faced with daunting maintenance costs. These could be shared with local musicians and theater companies, or used as art galleries. In Greenpoint it's already happening. Art is not a religion, but it is an ideology that binds a great many people in the new Brooklyn .
Feb. 19, 2014, 9:46 am
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
When I was growing up in the '50s I always heard of Brooklyn as the "borough of homes and churches." The first part is still true, especially in beautiful historic neighborhoods like mine.
Feb. 19, 2014, 10 am
t from Park Slope says:
"The city of homes and churches." John Muir, PPEC
Feb. 19, 2014, 10:55 am
judah spechal from BedStuy says:

"borough of neighbors"
Feb. 19, 2014, 12:48 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Borough of bars.
Feb. 22, 2014, 6:37 pm
Janay from East New York says:
BK Is The Borouqh of The Ghetto
April 5, 2014, 8:32 am
Mike from East New York says:
Borough of Neighborhoods
March 12, 6:23 pm

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