I was checking the weather forecast when I noticed how simply brooklyn is shown in this google map on the national weather service website. if you've never been here, it can be hard to imagine what it looks like in comparison to manhattan or the rest of new york. Brooklyn is the southwestern-most point on long island, bordered on the north and east by queens.
The large land mass on the SW corner of the map is Staten Island, with New Jersey and Manhattan above it on the other side of the NY harbor. The tail coming out below Brooklyn from the SE is the area known as the Rockaways. The area above it with the little islands is Jamaica bay- the solid rectangle is JFK airport. There is a train that runs through the middle of Jamaica Bay, which you can see on the map.