Brooklyn by the numbers: Facts and figures from 2013

Brooklyn by the numbers: Facts and figures from 2013
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

And so that was 2013. The year Brooklyn hosted both the MTV Video Music Awards and Obama, said goodbye to Marty Markowitz, and saw one of its own elected Mayor of New York. But so much more happened in the borough last year. We have rounded up some lesser-known facts and figures that sum up the past 12 months around town.

Amount of Brooklyn Lager brewed by Brooklyn Brewery: 3,100,000 gallons

Bestselling T-shirt at Brooklyn Industries: “BK Phones” (pictured)

Number of Brooklyn Kickstarter projects: 790, raising more than $12-million

Biggest-selling book at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

Number of rotations made by the Wonder Wheel: 48,000

Most-rented film from Williamsburg’s Videology: “Looper,” rented 118 times

Variations on “The Nutcracker” performed around the borough: 7

Number of units Brooklyn-based band Vampire Weekend’s album “Modern Vampires of the City” sold: 363,000 nationwide

Where Rolling Stone ranked “Modern Vampires of the City” on its “50 Best Albums of 2013” list: 1

Most-rented prop at Gowanus’ Film Biz Recycling: A powder-blue coffin

Number of King Kong-related performances in the borough: 2

Number of articles the New York Times style section about, set in, or heavily featuring Williamsburg: At least 13; notable activities undertaken by residents included eating artisanal popcorn, drawing in bars, and distilling rum

Number of knockouts and technical knockouts at the Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Boxing: 15

Percentage increase in borough ice-skating rinks: 200

How long it would have taken to watch every single film at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival back-to-back: 1 day, 22 hours, and 52 minutes

Calories consumed by Joey Chesnut while eating 69 hotdogs to win this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest: 20,010

Most-requested new song at “Kings of Karaoke” nights around the borough: “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

Honorary proclamations made by Marty Markowitz: 1,241

Most popular video game at Williamsburg’s Barcade: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”