I've lived in Brooklyn since 1998. I was born in California, grew up in Austria. I speak English and German fluently, French so-so, and a little Spanish (my brother speaks Spanish fluently, and he lives downstairs...) I love living in Brooklyn, because it's very close to Manhattan with all it's excitement, but is a calm place to come home to. I love that the subways run all night, to any part of the city. I love when Winter finally turns to Spring and the city explodes with outdoor life!