6 Brooklyn Facts They Never Taught You in School

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Do you love Brooklyn and want to show off your knowledge about the greatest place in the world? Our tours are the best place to start. You’ll learn about Brooklyn food, movie locations, and history as well as see some of the most beautiful locations in New York. If you want to take your knowledge a little deeper (or can’t hop on our bus just yet) keep reading!

Welcome Back, Kotter

The show was based on Brooklynite Gabe Kaplan’s stand up routine. He played Mr. Kotter, of course, and grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Kaplan attended New Utrecht High School and the show is about his experiences during that time. That’s the school shown in the opening credits of Welcome Back, Kotter, but on the show the school name was changed to James Buchanan High.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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Did you know we’ve been spelling Verrazzano wrong ? The bridge was named for explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano who discovered New York Harbor in 1524. He has two “z’s” in his name whereas the bridge is spelled with only one.

Celebrities from Brooklyn

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Joe Torre is one of many talented celebrities who were born and raised in Brooklyn.

“I knew what the Dodgers uniform represented as a kid growing up in Brooklyn.”

Bugs Bunny was born in Brooklyn too

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On July 27, 1940 Bugs Bunny made his debut! He was born in Brooklyn underneath Ebbets Field. His original voice even used a Flatbush accent.

Mr. Potato Head was invented in Brooklyn

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Brooklynite George Lerner noticed that kids play with the foods they don’t want to eat, so he created silly face parts that could be used on actual potatoes! And the rest is history.

There’s nothing like a woman from Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn women have strength, wit and beauty. Some of the greatest women in history are from Brooklyn including Shirley Chisholm, Ruth Bader Ginserberg and Judge Judy.


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