Top 255 Brooklyn Quotes

In this post, you will find great Brooklyn Quotes from famous people, such as Tim Heidecker, Joe Harris, Richard Parsons, Ernie Harwell, Maurice Sendak. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

The idea of trust-fund guys who live in Brooklyn in the

The idea of trust-fund guys who live in Brooklyn in their 30s is really interesting to me. There’s a time and a place where that kind of bohemian lifestyle is appropriate, soon after college, in your 20s. But there are people still living that many years later; they haven‘t evolved to the next phase.
Everybody has a different path to making it in this league. I was fortunate to get an opportunity here in Brooklyn.
I was a middle child. I grew up in Brooklyn with three sisters and a brother. You know what that means: everybody is constantly fighting with everybody and you are in the middle of the storm trying to make peace. That is your life. Making everybody work and play well together.
Richard Parsons
When I went to Brooklyn in 1948 Jackie Robinson was at the height of his brilliant career.
My life in Brooklyn was in constant danger because of my bad health.
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I grew up in a very Jewish neighbourhood and thought the whole world was like that. My parents were secular, but I went to a very Orthodox Jewish school, and I really got into it. I found it all fascinating, and I was just kind of really attracted to the metaphysical questions.
Larry Charles
I was raised in Brooklyn and in Baltimore. My father was a bookkeeper. When I was 36 years old, my mother told me I was adopted.
Harry Frankfurt
‘Another Brooklyn’ came to me in this kind of dreamlike series of vignettes.
Checking your phone during dinner is no less rude than reading ‘People’ during dinner, which I once saw a woman do at Blue Ribbon Brooklyn as she dined with her husband/boyfriend/whatever.
Brooklyn has a strong, historic relationship with both music and basketball, and I look forward to working with BSE Global to find new ways to deepen and celebrate that relationship within our community.
I have observed, through many years of living in north Brooklyn, that people, for example an ostensible group of friends, can be dangerous to one another.
I actually study boxing – my dad was a Golden Gloves champion so I learned how to fight at a very young age. Growing up in Brooklyn you always had to watch your back, so I pretty much learned to protect myself.
The idea for ‘Awakened’ came to me one night on my long commute home to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The subway station was empty and eerily quite, and I could barely see into the darkened tunnel ahead. The further I peered, the darker the tunnel became. I wondered what could live in there… or under there.
Compton is this amazing place with a rich history. I see it as a new Brooklyn.
You could cast nearly any movie in Brooklyn, and now you can film in Brooklyn – for you have studios.
I played tennis at underneath – Brooklyn Bridge? Manhattan Bridge? Williamsburg Bridge? There are courts on the Manhattan side.
Callum Turner
I have a very unsatisfactory and incomplete knowledge of Brooklyn and cannot discuss specifically either what you can do here or what possibilities the city shows in an artistic way. I am not a foreigner but coming here as I do after a long stay abroad, I think things here strike me much as they strike a foreigner.
When I go home to Iowa, people assume I live in this very big anonymous place where no one knows each other or wants to. Truth is, I know my neighbors better in Brooklyn than I ever did in Iowa.
I wouldn’t say ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is a really ‘delicate‘ show. I would probably use a word more like ‘zany.’
I didn’t appreciate Brooklyn until I left it.
The job at Brooklyn is interesting because Brooklyn reflects what happened to university art departments everywhere. It might be the worst department now, and yet at one point it was the best in the country.
Ad Reinhardt
I grew up in Brooklyn, and my parents were Holocaust survivors, so they never taught me anything about nature, but they taught me a lot about gratitude.
Well when I was young, when I was very young, when I was a little boy I don’t remember the music I heard, but there was an article in the Brooklyn Daily written by my Aunt about how I could choose phonograph records.
I thought I was a pretty good physical specimen. But there was a teenager from Brooklyn, who basically wiped the floor with me on the street. He gave me a punch that I didn’t even feel. All I knew I was looking up at the sky. I tried to fight him, and I got a number of injuries after that.
Bernhard Goetz
‘Red Hook Summer’ is another chapter in my chronicles of Brooklyn.
I think I want to move forward. I want to move to Brooklyn and find a business Italian guy to take care of me.
The only thing I would tell my younger self is, ‘Don’t pay a lot of money for head shots.’ There’s always some dude in Brooklyn that’s like, ‘Dude, this is gonna get you the job.’ And he convinces you you’ve got to pay $700. You don’t! Your head shot doesn’t matter!
I didn’t know exactly what a hipster was until we were in Brooklyn. It’s like a species. On first seeing it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God…’ Pre-tt-y fun-ny.
What I love about Brooklyn is there are more wonderful little joints than anywhere.
Arthur Schwartz
I started working in front of the camera for the first time when I was 15 years old. I joined a soap opera. We filmed in Brooklyn, and I would skip class to shoot my scenes.
I grew up in Brooklyn, in what I now know was poverty. Sharing a tiny bedroom with my two brothers, eating government cheese and passing down sneakers until they were unpassable… I simply thought the whole world lived as such, especially in pre-gentrified Williamsburg of the 1980s.
When I was 16, my mother moved me out of Brooklyn and s

When I was 16, my mother moved me out of Brooklyn and sent me to Florida to stay with my family for a little bit because I was being bad, not going to school and stuff.
I’d like to live in a house in Miami and make music, or Brooklyn.
My childhood here… was very limited. So it was a long, long time before I actually went out to Brooklyn.
I felt unhappy and trapped. If I left baseball, where could I go, what could I do to earn enough money to help my mother and to marry Rachel? The solution to my problem was only days away in the hands of a tough, shrewd, courageous man called Branch Rickey, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
My brother and I have never been that close. We have different mothers and never lived in the same house. As kids, my sister, Samantha, and I lived in San Diego and Brad in Brooklyn. The only time I saw him was in the summer when our visitations with our father overlapped.
I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don’t hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey.
I try to remember what it was like to be a kid in New York. I lived in different parts of my childhood in Manhattan on the Upper West Side, where ‘When You Reach Me’ is set, and also in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.
I am from Brooklyn, NY, so we could not have many pets, but I always had at least two dogs.
Connie Stevens
I definitely like to stay active. I’m a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball. I love to play pick-up games in Brooklyn where I live.
Brendan Dooling
My favorite area in Brooklyn is Williamsburg.
Sasha Pivovarova
I could do nothing but Brooklyn shows for the rest of my career, and I could die ignorant.
I was born in 1935. But my mother and father – who were immigrants from Ireland – and everybody that I knew growing up in Brooklyn came out of the Depression, and they were remarkable people.
I work in a small study on the top floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn – it’s about 75 square feet, 11 taken up by book shelves along one wall.
I want to be that guy that says I was one of the first guys to put a banner in Brooklyn.
I feel cool when I say I live in Brooklyn.
White people moving into Brooklyn, I don’t see anything wrong with that. I think that’s fine and I think that’s beautiful, but to hear about certain black people whose rent is getting hiked up so high and they’re not able to get leases renewed. Now that I think is wrong.
Coming from Haiti and growing up in Brooklyn, there’s a lot of European influence when I get dressed up. I wear a lot of fitted suits, elegant cuts; I think it’s cool to mash up a lot of different looks.
My father moved to Hawaii from Brooklyn and my mother came there as a child from the Philippines. They met at a show where my dad was playing percussion. My mom was a hula dancer.
Saturdays are set for antique shops. Williamsburg in Brooklyn has some good ones. I get in there and start meddling around with dusty boxes and rickety, worn-in stuff. I like it when I find something with someone else’s name on it.
Getting a Grammy nomination for ‘Brooklyn’ meant a lot, especially because, as an album, it was one that was very personal to me but also one that I self-produced and had gone outside the label.
With ‘Pariah,’ at the time, I had just come out. I had a coming out experience, and I was writing about it, transposing my experience as an adult: What would it have been like if I had been a teenager in Brooklyn? The funny thing was people thought I was from Brooklyn. I had to be like, ‘No, I’m from Nashville.’
I started out wanting to be an actress. My sister was in this theater company in Brooklyn. I saw her in some plays, and I was immediately obsessed. I started auditioning for plays when I was about 10.
We left my birthplace, Brooklyn, New York, in 1939 when I was 13. I enjoyed the ethnic variety and the interesting students in my public school, P.S. 134. The kids in my neighborhood were only competitive in games, although unfriendly gangs tended to define the limits of our neighborhood.
Irwin Rose
I never considered myself as somebody in exile because, different to my father who, yes, was in exile because he left Haiti as an adult, for me it was just to be somewhere else. I carried Haiti with me everywhere, but I also carried, you know, my youth in a public school in Brooklyn. It’s part of who I am as well.
Gleason used to rack balls for me when he was a kid in Brooklyn and in Long Island.
Minnesota Fats
I was a ward of the state, initially, and then in the foster care system for quite some time, even though I did live part-time with my aunt in Brooklyn.
I represent 740,000 people who live in Brooklyn and in Staten Island. And I have to vote the way I see is in their interests and their interests only.
I am made in Brooklyn, U.S.A. and I am definitely in the heavyweight-title house.
I was raised on the streets, in hot, steamy Brooklyn, with stifled air.
I grew up in northern New Jersey – the banlieue of New York – and I now live in Brooklyn. I am separated from my parents by about 50 miles, but really there is almost no distance between us. I speak to them nearly every day.
My interest in the theater led me to my first writing experience as an adult. My husband David wrote the music and lyrics and I wrote the book for a children‘s musical, ‘Spacenapped’ that was produced by a neighborhood theater in Brooklyn.
Gail Carson Levine
This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach

This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days.
It would take me three or four lifetimes to do everything I want. I’m a Brooklyn boy who learned to hustle, and I have to do something every day or I get the guilties.
Maybe I can become an all-rookie, but first I have to get minutes to play for Brooklyn.
It’s impressive, just driving around Brooklyn, seeing the fans wearing the logo. They’ve really embraced us.
And so there I was living in California from Brooklyn, New York, and it was this whole new world for me and I was meeting vegetarians. I thought, let me try this vegetarian thing. I got really into that.
In Brooklyn, I don’t feel that I’m holding up people with briefcases if I catch a stroller wheel in the sidewalk.
I was a prosecutor in Brooklyn in the homicide division and then as a senior assistant district attorney.
One of the reasons I moved back to Brooklyn is to get to hang out with the guys I’ve known since we were 12, 13 years old. Having that sense of community is incredibly important to me.
Romany Malco
At a young age, I was going around the islands singingspread love, it’s the Brooklyn way’ and not really understanding what the hell that phrase meant.
I wanted to be a cowgirl… But, you know, it was pointed out to me that, you know, growing up in Brooklyn, there wasn’t much opportunity… for cowgirlery.
One thing I learned working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was to be on time. If the day begins at 8 A.M., be there early, get there, punch the time clock; don’t just stand there like an oaf.
I’m just a simple kid from Brooklyn who landed into the most enchanted lifestyle imaginable.
Michael Musto
I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I’m a hip-hop artist. That’s just that. You’re going to have to accept me or just not be a fan, I guess.
I’m not a child star, but you could say that I’ve grown up on TV. I went from being an unknown, down-and-out comic from Brooklyn and the Bronx to being a regular character on a major network comedy called ‘Martin.’ From there I went on to become the most notable black comic on ‘Saturday Night Live‘ since Eddie Murphy.
Red Hook is cut off from the rest of the borough by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and has no subway access, forcing residents to rely on the bus, their feet or, for those lucky enough to afford it, a car.
You’ll find little schools of musicians experimenting with different ways of making music in Brooklyn, all through Manhattan, in Queens, in Jersey, you know? The city is still bubbling with creativity.
I never realized that growing up in Brooklyn, flying jets, working on Wall Street and starring in a sci-fi series was the prerequisite for the fast-paced demands of talk radio. But, if that’s what it takes to succeed, I’m glad I did it all.
Jerry Doyle
Brooklyn for twenty years, I’ve learned that there is always someone better than you at what you do.
You get told a lot in school to tell what you know, write what you know. But what excites me about filmmaking, about being a storyteller, is being able to learn about other people, putting myself in somebody else’s shoes, whether that be someone from the Dominican Republic or someone from Cuba or inner-city Brooklyn.
When I was a kid, there was nothing better than water balloon fights. I grew up in Brooklyn: we had the fire hydrants, and we would open up a soda can at both ends and squirt people walking by. I love the kinds of things that encourage you to let your guard down, be open and vulnerable, and just to be laughing sincerely.
Dawnn Lewis
I grew up listening to a lot of rap music. My dad’s a DJ from Brooklyn, and he’s a very soulful guy, so he always spun a lot of hip-hop, and that’s where I get a lot of my hip-hop influence.
These are some of my awards – an Ivor Novello, a Variety Club Silver Heart, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I also have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and a street named after me in Brooklyn where I used to live.
I went to Brooklyn College as an education major. It was a big deal in the family, but really, I was living for Mom and Dad.
Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a spit of land jutting out over the New York Harbor and looking across to the gleaming high rises of the financial district in Manhattan. Its views are amazing, its poverty stark.
If I wrote a memoir, it would be like ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.’
Annie Golden
It’s almost like going to high school before you got to go to college. You felt a little bit better before you got to college. That’s how I feel about Brooklyn.
There are definitely die-hard fans. That’s one thing about people from Brooklyn: they’re very loyal, die-hard, believe in their team.
I feel a real connection to Brooklyn, certainly, because I spent 20 years of my life there, but I don’t think of myself as a Brooklyn artist any more than I think of myself as a male artist.
I would encourage more development in the boroughs outside of Manhattan as well. I think it’s great that this natural emergence has occurred in the lower part of Midtown, but there’s tremendous potential in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island as well.
John Liu
Lacey didn’t like it, even though he was born here, I understand. I mean, he was born in Brooklyn. He told the staff that they better prepare themselves to say goodbye to some of their friends.
Sydney Schanberg
I always think back to that first night in Brooklyn, where I debuted, and it was this total surprise. I just remember thinking, ‘I hope they care. I hope they remember me.’ The way they embraced me that night, I knew it was the start of something special.
In 1949, I saw a World War II veteran named Lou Brissie

In 1949, I saw a World War II veteran named Lou Brissie, who had nearly lost a lower leg in combat, pitch in the All-Star Game in Brooklyn.
I remember being very young and going to AA meetings with my father in Brooklyn. I thought it was fun because they served hot chocolate and cookies.
Rochelle Aytes
Being from Staten Island and Brooklyn, I’m used to eating pasta and meatballs every single day.
Theo Rossi
In restaurants in my Brooklyn neighborhood, I always ask for a doggie bag to bring the leftovers home.
I have a personal barber, Mister C. He lives in Brooklyn, but he travels with me. He used to cut Lady Gaga‘s hair, but he fired her to work for me.
I’m from Brooklyn. I grew up very poor- seven people, four rooms. My dad had no education.
Peter Criss
‘The Good Guy‘ is a totally differently-looking New York than ‘How To Make It’ portrays. ‘The Good Guy’ is all about Wall Street and that culture, which ‘How To Make It’ touches on, but ‘How To Make It’ also is downtown, Lower East Side loft parties, cool clubs, Brooklyn and that world.
As with all the other rappers I’ve worked with, Biggie and I shared common ground. Even though Biggie grew up in Brooklyn and I grew up in Chicago, we came from the same ‘hood.
I’ve lived most of my life in Manhattan, but I lived in Brooklyn for a while as a kid. I went to junior high school there. Girls in Brooklyn have to be tough – I mean real tough – just to get by. It’s life in the combat zone.
I came up in Brooklyn singing doo-wop music from the time I was 13 to the time I was 20. That music served a purpose of keeping a lot of people out of trouble, and also it was a passport from one neighborhood to another.
I was a Yankee fan in Brooklyn because my father was a Yankee fan. And my father was required to live in Brooklyn with my mother’s family, who were all Dodger fans. So he was surrounded by Dodger fans. He was a Yankee fan. So his revenge was to make me a Yankee fan.
I love Brooklyn; it’s a part of who you are.
What I’m guilty of is trying the hardest and giving 100 percent of myself and putting my heart and soul into representing the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Michael Grimm
I care more about a 15-year-old queer kid in Iowa who wants to know that there’s anything out there that resembles their experience and life than the hip queer person in Brooklyn.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is for the community of San Francisco. And the Brooklyn Bridge, which is one of the most magnificent bridges ever built, is also a monument to the community, you see.
If you live in a crowded area of Brooklyn or Manhattan, having a car is a hindrance. It doesn’t even make sense. I basically grew up all my life without a car.
The ten-block radius around my house in Brooklyn has been my whole world. When I walk on the street, I feel like I’ve rediscovered my childhood innocence. I love it because nothing has changed.
I was born on the other side of the tracks, in public housing in Brooklyn, New York. My dad never made more than $20,000 a year, and I grew up in a family that lost health insurance. So I was scarred at a young age with understanding what it was like to watch my parents lose access to the American dream.
Even after Jim Crow was supposed to not be a part of the South anymore, there were still ways in which you couldn’t get away from it. And I think once I got to Brooklyn, there was this freedom we had.
For years, I have been harboring memories of my first major league game at a place named Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
Oh, Zoe Kazan – I’d move back to Brooklyn for her. She makes me happy with my life. Knowing her, being at her dinner table, going on a walk with her is the best of all possible worlds.
It’s a nice neighborhood, like the one I left. My home borough is Brooklyn and Queens.
I don’t really consider myself a black man in Hollywood. I live in Brooklyn… and on purpose.
I mean, I’m a Ukrainian immigrant from Brooklyn who grew up dancing and playing the violin!
I grew up in Manhattan. For Manhattanites, Brooklyn was the sticks, a second-rate civilization. My friends and I, we were so snobby. Living in the Bronx or Brooklyn was incredible… for me, that was like a foreign country.
There’s not that many great swimmers from Brooklyn.
There are lots of different sides to Brooklyn. It has so much character.
After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.
I grew up in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, and my mom and pop had an extensive record collection, so Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and all of those sounds and souls of Motown filled the house.
I’m known for fashion photographs, but fashion photographs were mostly a joke for me. In ‘Vogue,’ girls were playing at being duchesses, but they were actually from Flatbush, Brooklyn. They would play duchesses, and I would play Cecil Beaton.
My life! That’s a long story, too. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, like half of the world, I think.
Airbnb is a much more effective protest than shutting d

Airbnb is a much more effective protest than shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge.
I lived in mafia neighborhoods off and on when I was a kid. If you were in Little Italy, in East Harlem, in Brooklyn… Those neighborhoods were, in those years, dominated by mafia families. You knew it and you felt it, you know?
A team like Brooklyn has seen everything, they’ve experienced everything, they’ve had every atmosphere you can have in the playoffs and some of them have won championships. That’s the advantage you have as an experienced team and the disadvantage you have as a young team.
Guru and I had a house in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, for a while and we used to have wild parties there when we weren’t in the studio. It was like a fraternity house.
With my friends in Brooklyn, many of them started out as artists. I saw many of these friends move into late middle age, still struggling without health insurance or a cushion. I saw people who had given up being artists. Being an artist necessitates a compromise or living on the edge.
I’ll always be a Brooklyn girl.
Also, I preached to gangs on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx – and miracles began to happen.
My wife and I always comment that our lives are relatively mundane. She’s a writer as well, I’m a writer, we spend most of our time writing, and kind of going to yoga in Brooklyn.
I’m a black kid from the ghetto of Coney Island, Brooklyn, who only ever dreamed of playing in the NBA. So to have that dream come true but then go on this second journey in China… it’s so far beyond anything that kid could have imagined.
I like sports. I’m a big football fan. When I was a kid, I was a… I don’t even know how to describe it… I was an obsessed Brooklyn Dodgers fan. And I think when they left Brooklyn, which was simultaneous with me starting college, everything changed, and I haven’t had the same passion for sports.
My grandmother was born in Russia, and she came through Poland on her way to America in the early 20s. She moved to Brooklyn.
I didn’t know how many independent bookstores had amazing wine lists until I toured with ‘Another Brooklyn.’
I was born in Manhattan, raised in Queens, went to high school and college in Brooklyn. My father was a city cop for over 30 years. To me, New York values are being patriotic, being strong, not panicking when there’s a crisis, and trying to help each other out.
I know there’s Brooklyn and all the boroughs, but Manhattan specifically is so condensed that the energy is very vibrant. Everywhere you look there is something happening.
I have a very resilient Brooklyn personality that allows me to stay thick-skinned and focused on my mission and goals.
I lived in Brooklyn from 2007 to 2012 but for the last few years have resided in Austin, Texas, where my world – especially the world of downtown – is predominantly white.
I kind of look like I work in a Brooklyn coffee shop.
I love Brooklyn so much. Everything I do I try to do in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is my home base.
Spring and fall in New York are the best seasons here to get out and about. I like the little park in Dumbo between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge. I like Prospect Park.
‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ this is the kind of movie that’s why I want to be an actor, to tell real-life stories. This is where I feel my job is, to interpret life.
You go to Brooklyn, everybody’s got a beard and plaid shirt. They may be able to tell each other apart, but they all look alike to me.
You can’t staple me to the Brooklyn hipster. I don’t buy skinny jeans and $50 T-shirts. I wear the same clothes I’ve always worn, from Target.
Brooklyn is not the easiest place to grow up in, although I wouldn’t change that experience for anything.
I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in Brooklyn. It’s what gave me my drive to succeed, the upward mobility I’ve been after my whole life.
Ian Schrager
I want my music to be really big. I have no interest in DIY Brooklyn; I don’t want to be a small indie band.
There’s a band from Brooklyn called Frankie Cosmos, which is very nice.
I love movies; many an afternoon skipping school were spent in a funky, run-down Brooklyn movie theater.
Brooklyn is where I primarily developed. I had an opportunity to make records and perform in clubs here and there, and I started networking with the right people in the right places.
It seemed like I always did some great hitting in Brooklyn. The field there was close to the stands. Every time I started walking to the plate, I could hear the fans say, ‘Here comes that man again. Here comes that man.’
Stan Musial
America to me is where I grew up: in Brooklyn, around other black and Latino people who helped and loved each other. I just want to show people that America doesn’t have to be this ‘I’m in the NRA, blah blah blah’ type of place.
I love the little garden in the back of my family’s brownstone in Brooklyn. Digging out there in the dirt is a joy for me, although by the time August rolls around and my roses have black spot, I need the break winter provides.
If you've never seen people taking the pledge of allegi

If you’ve never seen people taking the pledge of allegiance for the first time as U.S. Citizens, it will move you: a room full of people who can really appreciate what I was lucky enough to grow up with, simply by being born in Brooklyn.
They call me the Magic Man because I’m a classy fighter, a master of my craft, a good-looking Italian kid from Brooklyn who came through a dark and gritty life to find something magical.
I have been down and out, living in Brooklyn, no money even for a subway, no food whatsoever. Like, I remember just sitting in my room all day – even my television wasn’t working!
I was unaware of the dispute in Brooklyn. I would never knowingly wear any clothes or support any company who produced clothing with alleged wage and labor violations.
On Sunday morning, it’s Brooklyn Bagels on Beverly Boulevard. We get them hot. Then we walk some of the famous Silver Lake steps or hike in the hills to the highest vantage point to see the reservoir.
My father grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., with my grandparents. In Norwegian my name is pronounced ‘Yoo’ but my father used to call me ‘Joe.’
They gave me my chance, and I’m forever indebted to Brooklyn.
I grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the time I was growing up with my father – before it was gentrified – it was a very rough neighborhood. He felt that if I got into or started embracing the rap culture, I would be one step closer to being on the streets.
I grew up in Brooklyn.
Johnny Kelly
I’m torn between wanting to connect with what I grew up with and what’s available, living in Brooklyn. I don’t have a grimy supermarket that decapitates frogsheads nearby.
I went to an amazing school in Brooklyn called St. Anne’s that’s a really kind of creative hot bed.
Books set in Brooklyn and L.A. are often about people who are rootless, who want to go somewhere else. In the Midwest, though, the stories are about people who want to stay where they are – who like where they are.
I went to an art school in Brooklyn and painted Fine Art, if that’s what you’d call it for eight years in New York, until I saw the first underground comics in the East Village Other.
Bill Griffith
I love when big things happen for Brooklyn.
I can go years without going to Los Angeles, but I think my living in Brooklyn is critical to my continuing to have a fairly happy life in the film industry.
I tell people I’m from all over Brooklyn because I never stayed in one part of Brooklyn.
I lived in Park Slope, which is probably one of the most homogenized areas of Brooklyn. No offense to Park Slope.
I hope some more players will come from Mostar to Brooklyn.
Dre’s from Compton, I’m from Brooklyn, and we both wanted to make a better life for ourselves, right? And we both – somehow, we’re both recording engineers, that’s how we got our break.
I go to Franny’s in Brooklyn a lot. It’s just a casual Italian place, but I could eat there every day.
I grew up in East Flatbush in Brooklyn which was an intense neighbourhood filled with different West Indian cultures.
Michael K. Williams
People from Brooklyn grow up with a certain common sense. If it doesn’t ring true, it’s not true.
I have always been a Peter Blake fan and love street art and graffiti. I really like this street-art collective called Faile. They’re from Brooklyn and make these prints of beautiful women.
The fellows that I played with encouraged me to bunt and beat the ball out. I was anxious to make good and did as I was told. When I came to Brooklyn, I adopted an altogether different style of hitting. I stood flat-footed at the plate and slugged. That was my natural style.
Zack Wheat
I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn.
It’s great to be headlining a big show with my twin brother in Brooklyn.
I learned a great deal doing Brooklyn Bridge. I was able to take a giant step into the terrible reality that was then. We saw the cattle cars that took folks away. Just knowing it was real, it would be impossible not to feel.
Marion Ross
I live in Brooklyn.
Ana Gasteyer
By then I was in Brooklyn and drank my way through that summer. I stopped when I got sick of that and got a job at the Strand bookstore, which was a little better than the tax job.
Robert Quine
I remember, many years ago, coming over the Brooklyn Bridge in the night and seeing the skyline of Manhattan, with the Twin Towers. This was, for me, a kind of religious experience.
The only people who live in Brooklyn are people who can’t afford the East Village.
Gavin McInnes
O'Malley wanted to move the Dodgers out of Brooklyn bec

O’Malley wanted to move the Dodgers out of Brooklyn because he saw the promised land. He was right about that, but to this day I think he was wrong to take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn.
I’m from Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, if you say, ‘I’m dangerous’, you’d better be dangerous.
I was born in Brooklyn, but I never lived there.
In about 2002, I moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to Red Hook.
Everyone should walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I did it three days in a row because it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had. The view is breathtaking.
If I wasn’t bound to Brooklyn, due to my own personal reasons like taking care of my mother and the fact that this is where the band is based, I would probably move to Iceland.
My greatest moment as a jock occurred when I was 14 and playing punch ball in front of my house on Albemarle Road near East 17th Street in Brooklyn. I ran back, back for a ball, and it fell in my hands. I didn’t even see it. Everyone congratulated me on the catch, and I never told them how it really happened.
For people who know both New York and the Bay Area, it is a complement to say that Oakland is San Francisco’s Brooklyn. It’s a complement both to Oakland and to Brooklyn. And, if you look at Brooklyn, Brooklyn is hot; Brooklyn is cool.
In my experience, growing up in Brooklyn and all that, the real tough guys didn’t act tough. They didn’t talk tough. They were tough, you know? I think about these politicians who try to pose as tough guys – it makes me laugh.
They have great restaurants, good nightlife. Everything is here in Brooklyn that you can possibly want.
I hope that my story, I hope that my life is… an encouragement for people, especially in Brooklyn. I feel humbled and blessed.
When I first came back and I was playing with the Nets, yes, there was a lot of media attention. But after about two weeks, all those stories about being the first gay athlete went away and it became about, ‘Wait, how are the Brooklyn Nets doing?’ The same goes for Robbie Roberts, who won an MLS Cup.
You have here In New York one of the greatest and most picturesque and artistic structures in the world. I mean the Brooklyn Bridge.
When I go back to my hood, Queens, Brooklyn, or here in L.A., the people that’s not famous, that’s what inspires me.
I did have my beginnings in doo-wop music; I had a group called the Tokens in Brooklyn. They went on, of course, to do ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight‘ and a lot of other great things. I went on as a soloist. But I still love doo-wop music.
I’ve lived most of my life in Manhattan, but as close as Brooklyn is to Manhattan, there are people who live there who have been to Manhattan maybe once or twice.
A lot of people in barber shops all over Brooklyn talk about Paulie Malignaggi v. Zab Judah.
I always felt most at home on a basketball court, dating all the way back to when I was growing up in Brooklyn.
With ‘Brooklyn,’ I knew the story I wanted to tell, and I just had a very strong sense that if I turned the volume up a little bit, it could be something really special.
I hope that people look at Brooklyn as kind of a drag utopia, because that’s what it’s been in my experience – all genders and bodies and ages doing drag.
Nothing’s hipper than leaving the set of ‘Girls’ in Brooklyn and having a teamster drop you off at your Broadway show.
If there’s any credence to the guy who wrote ‘Drones Over Blkyn’ a year before drones were flying over Brooklyn, then listen to me: we’re going to be in fascist police state.
When I was seven and we lived in New York, I ran away. I took my dog and started out across the Brooklyn Bridge… I didn’t get very far… It’s rather difficult to run away in your mother’s high heels.
I’m a Brooklyn guy onstage, and I try to really feed my fans with the kind of material they expect from me.
Andrew Dice Clay
My youngest son, who is now the drummer in my band, lives in Brooklyn. My oldest son is about to move out to California, and my daughters are both out of town.
Herbie Mann
I grew up in a semi-attached row house in Queens in New York. And my family and my grandparents and my father’s from Brooklyn, and so you’re essentially an outer boroughs kid, you’re growing up.
Although I grew up as a fan of the culture from the disco D.J. era as a young kid and hearing the beginnings of hip-hop, I’m hearing it all from another borough in Brooklyn.
Fab Five Freddy
I don’t really go out, ‘go out’ that much anymore. I live in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg, so I just like to wander around. Williamsburg’s such a cool little neighborhood community spot.
I have a day job Monday to Friday. I work at a record label in Brooklyn called Ba Da Bing. It’s a great indie label and I listen to music all day. I meet people online and find out about the cool new music blogs.
For years I did most of my reading on the F train between Brooklyn and Manhattan. I had long commutes, and I read tons of books on that train; I loved it.
I’m not the first to admit that raising a child in Park Slope, Brooklyn, can bear an embarrassing resemblance to the TV show ‘Portlandia.’ My wife and I try to have some ironic distance from the culture of organic, chemical-free parenting, but we’re often participants.
When it was over, I was so happy, I felt like crying. I

When it was over, I was so happy, I felt like crying. I wanted to win this one for Casey. After what I did in Brooklyn, he could have forgotten about me and who would blame him? But he gave me another chance and I’m grateful.
Don Larsen
The first job where I actually made money was on ‘Guiding Light,’ the soap opera. And I played a maid. My name was Ginger, and I had a Brooklyn accent – a really bad one, if I remember correctly.
That’s one of things I’ve heard about Brooklyn – how good they are at developing players.
I love to walk around New York. Honestly, that’s like the best thing, to walk over to Park Slope and go visit my friend Betty and take her dog out in the park or go walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I really dig being outside and getting to see everybody in the street.
I want to be an ambassador of Brooklyn.
We moved to Brooklyn when I was about 9 or 10, and from Brooklyn we moved to Rochester in New York. I went to high school in Rochester in New York.
My life is fair game for anybody. I spent an unhappy, penniless childhood in Brooklyn. I had to slug my way up in a town called Hollywood where people love to trample you to death. I don’t relax because I don’t know how. I don’t want to know how. Life is too short to relax.
Susan Hayward
I’m a Brooklyn kid. So for me, rap and all the other forms of music that I participate in, we catch a win? It’s a win for everybody.
I was going to different neighborhoods around Brooklyn battling cats back in – this started in ’82, so that’s like eighth grade. Maybe 13, 14.
Basically, I was a kid growing up with a single mother in Brooklyn.
I’m big on coffee shops. Fortunately, I live in Brooklyn where there are many to choose from.
He came to the States in 1963, I think with a view to making up with my mother, but that didn’t work. He came for three weeks, and drank his way all over Brooklyn. And went back… I went to his funeral in Belfast.
My sister died in Brooklyn.
I saw all those great ’70s films when I was 9, and no one in my Brooklyn neighborhood cared if a kid watched an R movie.
Michael De Luca
It’s embarrassing to admit how many times I’ve reread the following: ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,’ ‘1984,’ ‘Lord of the Flies,’ ‘The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,’ ‘Germinal,’ ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle,’ and ‘A Moveable Feast.’
I live in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg, so I just like to wander around. Williamsburg’s such a cool little neighborhood community spot.
My uncle and my grandfather both worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Dave Van Ronk
I hope for the experience of people standing together, turning their backs to the city and facing this, and hearing the leaves rustle. Well, maybe it won’t be as bucolic as at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but I know you will feel removed from the city.
I think that my interpretation of Italian was a lot more southern than what my husband cooks. You know, I grew up in Queens and in Brooklyn, and we – really, it’s more southern. It’s Naples and Sicily. It’s heavier. It’s over-spiced. And like most Americans, I thought spaghetti and meatballs was genius.
My mom grew up in Brooklyn.
To those like Mitt Romney who want to take us backwards, let’s send a strong message in November: as we say in Brooklyn, ‘Fuhgeddaboutit.’
I’m a skinny kid from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
I wrote a great deal of a novel, ‘Winter’s Tale,’ on the roof of a Brooklyn Heights tenement on Henry Street. I was a technical climber, and now and then I would put down my manuscript and get up to walk along parapets and climb walls and chimneys.
Mike Tyson is the most complex person I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve known Mike since 1986. We’re both from Brooklyn. I didn’t know him growing up, but once he became heavyweight champion, I knew him then.
I don’t think people realize how much I love basketball. A lot of people think because of this idiotic comment I made that I love baseball and don’t like basketball. Baseball came first because if you grew up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, that was the No. 1 thing. But if you have more than one kid, you love them both.
I grew up to the sound of live music in our Brooklyn household.
I painted billboards above every candy store in Brooklyn.
When I was fifteen, I spent three weeks driving all over Brooklyn with a guy who was following his girlfriend.
I really love fighting in Brooklyn and at Barclays Center. The fans in Brooklyn always show me a lot of love.
My parents were both first-generation Irish Catholics raised in Brooklyn.
I like to walk around. And I have a really big garden in Brooklyn. Growing tomatoes in my backyard feels very rewarding.
Anna Ewers
In Brooklyn, the block wasn't very long or very wide, a

In Brooklyn, the block wasn’t very long or very wide, and not that many kids were out there, either. But when I got to Florida, there were a lot of kids on my block, young kids, older kids, and they could play outside until the sun went down and have fun.
I was born in Brooklyn, delivered by a Chinese doctor on a table in a boarding house on Sept. 23, 1920.
I grew up in Brooklyn.
After I did ‘Brooklyn,’ I did about five or six violent films in one way or another, and not always with me being the bad guy, but something violent about it to keep the street cred up, really.
I was born in D.C. on 8th Street. I know what’s up. I know what time it is. I used to hang out in Brooklyn and in the Bronx as a teenager. I know what the real world is like.
As far as coming out on top with the right mentality and it molding you into the best human being you can be, I think that’s what Brooklyn did for me. I became an All-Star, I got to touch the playoffs. To get a piece of that, I’m forever thankful.
Even though I grew up as a Sephardic Jew in Brooklyn where we ate Syrian food and went to temple, it was still America.