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What the Neighbors Think

A five-borough, 5,000-person poll.


In the last few weeks, we pounded the pavement of nine neighborhoods—the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, the Lower East Side, Central Harlem, the West Village, Astoria, Williamsburg, Melrose in the Bronx, and St. George in Staten Island—to survey nearly a thousand residents about their attitudes, lifestyles, and Yankees/Mets preferences. We cast a wider net online, posting the poll on our Daily Intel and Grub Street blogs, and received over 4,000 completed surveys. Then we conducted some highly unscientific (which is to say, statistically bogus) number-crunching.* Some results confirmed the obvious, but others seemed more revealing. If you’ve ever wondered who your neighbors are—what they think about Wall Street, God, organic food, and therapy—click on the image above.

*A few caveats: Our Online respondents skewed female and under 40, while our nine neighborhood street polls had a more even age-and-gender distribution. We combined answers in most cases. We did not count neighborhoods with under 50 online responses. We counted Staten Island as one meganabe, since our poll was conducted in and around the ferry terminal, garnering respondents from all over the borough.


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