Sunday, December 16, 2007

A litlle snipet of Sunset Park's Demographics.

Over at the blog of the Newspaper of record, The New York Times they had a little piece on the demographics of Sunset Park which I found a bit fascinating. Having lived through all the changes in the last thirty years here I can probably say without reservation that we will probably see more of the same, change that is. Thanks to Mike Rose wherever you are for asking the question.


As a Sunset Park resident, I’m fascinated by the combination of Latino and Asian communities in the neighborhood. Are there other NYC neighborhoods with the same juxtaposition of cultures?

Mike Rose


Even in Sunset Park, there are discrete pockets, with the Eighth Avenue side more Chinese and the Fifth Avenue side more Latino. A report by the city’s Department of Planning, ‘’The Newest New Yorkers 2000,'’ said that Sunset Park along Brooklyn’s western waterfront was among the city’s most polyglot, with 49.2 percent, or 59,209, of its 120,464 residents born abroad. Of those, 19,451 were born in China, 8,408 in Mexico, 7,512 in the Dominican Republic, 3,261 in Ecuador and 1,545 in Poland.

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Bay Ridge is 154?

Over at the Right in Bay ridge Blog they are celebrating the 154th birthday of the neighborhood to our South. Southern Sunset Park was once part of the Ridge. We in Sunset Park are much younger, the neighborhood having been established in 1964 by cobbling together Northern Bay Ridge, Southern Park Slope and everything in between. The oddity is that the Post Office named for Bay Ridge is still located in Sunset Park on the corner of 7th Ave. and 55th street. I frankly think it's about time that the postal Service appropriately find a Post Office in Bay Ridge to name The Bay Ridge Post Office. But, I am not in charge of such things. In any case, I think it appropriate to wish all those folks in Bar Ridge a hearty Happy Birthday!! How about a slice of cake?

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