City Desk

New Yorkers: They’re Just Like Us!

The New York Times City Room blog summarizes demographic shifts in New York City and finds that the town lost 100,000 black residents—even as it gained 200,000 people—half of whom left Brooklyn:

Brooklyn, which accounted for 49,000 of the city’s 100,000 loss in black residents, experienced its own version of suburbanization as blacks moved from the borough’s densely populated center to the fringes in Canarsie and East New York.

Blacks were replaced by younger non-Hispanic whites — in the Bedford portion of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the white share of the population soared, from 4 percent to 26 percent — and to a lesser extent by Hispanic and Asian New Yorkers along a corridor flanking the L subway line. Brooklyn gained white, Hispanic and Asian residents.

Black residents, just like many here in D.C., headed for greener (and likely cheaper) pastures, as rents continue to skyrocket in the city. If that doesn't sound familiar, you should go back and read, oh, every story written about D.C. since the 2010 Census.

Cue the trend stories about artisanal Bed-Stuy dirt.

Photo by eliduke via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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