Making Census: New count reveals changing borough
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).
— compiled by Thomas Tracy
Brooklyn Heights: Population numbers along the area’s tonier blocks — Willow, Pierrepont, Orange and Middagh streets — fell by more than 15 percent. Apparently everyone moved to a swath of streets between Hicks, Henry, Pineapple and Joralemon streets, which saw a 24-percent increase in residents. The neighborhood also saw a 35-percent increase in Asian-American residents.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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