Parts of Brooklyn That Feel Richer and Whiter Really Are!


New census data confirms that parts of Brooklyn that feel seriously gentrified are exactly that. In that swath of brownstone-y hoods west of Prospect Park (including, of course, the Slope), median household income is up 23 percent (to $77,784) in eight years, while a fifth of black and Hispanic families have left. The area is now 62 percent white, a 13 percent increase from 2000, and the median income of white families is $92,000. In Williamsburg, there are 80 percent more college grads than in 2000, while in the Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill, 30 percent of residents have master’s degrees or higher. Meanwhile, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst have been becoming more Asian; did you know they’re now calling Avenue U the city’s fifth Chinatown? [Brooklyn Paper]