Editor's note: Hillary Clinton just wrapped up her victory speech in Brooklyn, NY, accepting victory as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Clinton, if she formally wins nomination at Democratic National Convention in July, becomes the first woman to be nominated by a major political party. In her address to supporters, she appealed to Bernie Sanders' followers, saying that the "vigorous debate" of the primary season has been "very good for the Democratic party and America." In a pivot to the general election, Clinton also criticized Donald Trump, saying he is "temperamentally unfit" to be both president and commander-in-chief. California polls closed at 11 p.m. ET, and Sanders is expected to speak once results start to roll in. We're still following the returns, so be sure to keep checking our feed for the latest updates. - Rebecca
Editor's note: With 30 percent of the vote counted, Hillary Clinton is projected to win the New Jersey Democratic primary with a current lead of 19 points. Clinton is expected to take the stage shortly in Brooklyn, NY, and we'll have live video. - Rebecca
Editor's note: Hillary Clinton is set to speak tonight at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City at roughly 8 p.m. ET, after polls close in New Jersey. The Associated Press and several other news outlets projected Clinton as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on Monday night, and the candidate is expected to celebrate a victory during tonight's speech. Bernie Sanders has indicated that he will keep fighting for the nomination until the Democratic National Convention in July. The final polls close tonight at 11 p.m. ET in California. We're following the races throughout the evening, so be sure to keep checking our feed. - Rebecca
Brooklyn (/ˈbrʊklᵻn/) is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with a Census-estimated 2,636,735 residents in 2015. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Queens at the southwestern end of Long Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York, and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after the county of New York (which is coextensive with the borough of Manhattan).
With a land area of 71 square miles (180 km2) and water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is New York's fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among the city's five boroughs. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution), until January 1, 1898, when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York," Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs, and counties to form the modern "City of New York" surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. The borough continues, however, to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves. Brooklyn's official motto, displayed on the Borough seal and flag, is Eendraght Maeckt Maght, which translates from early modern Dutch to "Unity makes strength".
In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as an avant garde destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification, dramatic house price increases, and a decrease in housing affordability. Since 2010, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and high technology startup firms, and of postmodern art and design.