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Making Census: New count reveals changing borough

A skateboarder catches some air in the newly restored Squibb Park on Columbia Heights. It’s essentially now a skate park — but one with a great view.
Community Newspaper Group / Andy Campbell

Brooklyn’s population waffled and wavered over the last decade, but it’s still the city’s most crowded borough with 2.5 million residents. Here’s a rundown of some of the more surprising Census results in our coverage area (all information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau).

Columbia Street Waterfront District: Where’s the love? Right here! Census takers say that there are more same-sex households — 11 percent! — in the Columbia Street Waterfront District than any other part of the borough (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

— compiled by Thomas Tracy

Dyker Heights: Brooklyn’s Little Italy has officially become the borough’s newest Chinatown: a massive 272-percent influx of Asian-Americans caused a 17-percent jump in neighborhood populations.
Christian Zaino

Greenpoint: The Hipsterization of Greenpoint has finally taken hold, accelerating the neighborhood’s ethnic decline. The streets between McGuinness Boulevard and the East River lost nine percent of its population, but the remaining residents are whiter, as 25 percent of black families and 43 percent of Hispanic families left the area.
Community Newspaper Group / Aaron Short

Park Slope: More people are flocking to Park Slope than ever before — 39 percent more, in fact. Yet Park Slope’s whiter than its ever been: the area’s African-American population dropped by 28 percent while its Hispanic population fell by 32 percent.
Photo by Bess Adler

Red Hook: There goes the neighborhood! White residents flocked to Verona Street, Nelson Street, Commerce Street and Seabring Street, increasing the area’s population by 26 percent, even as 12 percent of the tenants in the Red Hook Houses packed up and moved away.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Williamsburg: Everyone’s heading to the water! Population numbers dropped by 13 percent in central Williamsburg, with more than 25 percent of Hispanic residents moving out of the neighborhood. But between Berry Street and the East River, where all the new high-rise condos are, the population exploded by 124 percent!
Photo by Tom Callan

Windsor Terrace: Expect a Chinese New Year parade on Vanderbilt Avenue next year. There was a 14-percent population explosion between E. First and E. Fourth streets, thanks mostly to an influx of Asian-American residents.
The Brooklyn Papers / Steven
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