Brooklyn Community Board 2

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Brooklyn Community Board 2 is a New York City community board that encompasses the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Fulton Mall, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Fulton Ferry, and Clinton Hill. It is delimited by East River on the west and the north, by Kent and Classon Avenues on the east, as well as by Atlantic Avenue, Pacific Street, Fourth Avenue, Warren and Court Streets on the south.

As of the United States Census, 2000, the Community Board had a population of 98,620, up from 94,534 in 1990 and 92,732 in 1980.
In 2000, 39,916 (40.5%) residents were African-American, 33,931 (34.4%) were White non-Hispanic, 4,629 (4.7%) Asian or Pacific Islander, 213 (0.2%) American Indian or Native Alaskan, 473 (0.5%) of some other race, 2,923 (3%) of two or more race, 16,535 (16.8%) of Hispanic origins.
In 2004, 17.4% of the population benefited from public assistance, down from 22.5% in 2000. The land area is 1,910.1 acres (7.730 km2).

Its current chair is John Dew, and its district manager Robert Perris.


Total population of district 2 is now 102,814; 46% is White, 27% is African American, 14% is Hispanic, 8% Asian, 4% is other. The majority of the population is young; 44% of the people are 25–44 years old, 20% belong to the category 45–64 years, 15% are 0–17 years old, 10% are aged 18–24 and only 11% are over 65 years old.[citation needed] Overall, this district had a population of 94,534 residents in 1990, 98,620 in 2000, and 99,617 in 2010.

According to New York City Fact Finder, showing the average distribution of the population in the area Dumbo-Vinegar Hill-Downtown Brooklyn-Boerum between 2009 and 2013, the predominant race is White, followed by Hispanic, African American, and Asian. The White population within this time frame was 16,231, which represents 43.3% from the total number of people living in this area.[citation needed]

Hispanic population represented 23%, as there were about 8,609 people of this category between 2009-2013 present in this neighborhood. African American is the next racial category represented in this zone in the same time frame mentioned above. There were 8,141 African Americans in District 2 which represents 21.7% of this population. The race least represented in this area is Asian. There were 3,298 Asians in this neighborhood between 2009 and 2013.[citation needed]

The greatest percentage in Dumbo-Vinegar Hill-Downtown Brooklyn-Boerum is represented by a young population between 25 and 34 years old, which was 17.3% of the total population between 2009 – 2013, followed by the age category 35-44 in a proportion of 14.1%. The next age group in this neighborhood was 45-54 present in a proportion of 13.4%. Residents 84 years and older were present in a proportion of only 1.8%.[citation needed]

In 2000 the total population of District 2 was 98,620; in 1990 the population was 94,534, whereas in 1990 it was 92,732 (US Census Bureau). We can notice a substantial increase in the number of people living in this neighborhood. The greatest number of the population in this area between 1990 and 2000 was represented by African Americans, followed by Whites, and Asians. There were 44,670 African Americans in District 2 in 1990 and 39,916 people of them in 2000. The next represented race in District 2 in between 1990 and 2000 is White. There were 30,144 Whites in 1990, 33,931 in 2000. There were 2,787 Asians in 1990 and 4,629 in 2000 present in District 2. The rest of the races were represented in a small number in this period in District 2.[citation needed]

In 1990 the population density of Census Tract 23 that included Farragut Houses residents was 73,063.4. Of note, Census 23 was delimited by York Street, Prospect Street, Nassau Street, and Navy Street. The total population in 1990 for Tract 23 was 5,106[citation needed]). In 1980 the density of the population in Census Tract 23 that included Farragut Houses residents was 69,627.3 with a total of 4,950.[citation needed]

Back in 1970 Census Tract 23 which also included Farragut Houses residents had a population density of 73,594.4 with a total of 5,232.[citation needed] If we look in 1960 Census Tract 23 that included Farragut Houses residents had a population density of 144,700.18 with a total of 6621 inhabitants.[citation needed]

Before Farragut Houses were built in 1952, massive demolition took place in what we call today Vinegar Hills area. It is very interesting to note that in 1950 the population density of Census Tract 23 was 28,798.9 with a total of 1,745. Going back in time ten more years, we notice that in 1940 the population density of Census Tract 23 was 26,619.98 with a total of 13,138. This means that more than 11,000 people had to leave their homes and move away.

Economic status[edit]

Fifty-six percent of the residents in Dumbo-Vinegar Hill-Downtown Brooklyn-Boerum 16 years and older was unemployed between 2009 and 2013. From the working population, 38% were holding jobs in management, business, science, and arts, 26% educational services, and health care and social assistance 23% sales and office positions.[citation needed]

The average income in Dumbo-Vinegar Hill-Downtown Brooklyn-Boerum between 2009 and 2013 was less than $10,000 for 7.3% people, between $10,000 and $14,000 for 5.0% of residents, and about $15,000- $24,000 for 10.3% of them. Nine and a half percent of inhabitants in this area made between $25,000 and $34,999 during the time frame 2009-2013. Incomes of approximately $35,000- $49,999 were earned by12,2% residents and an average between $50,000 and $74,999 represented annual wages for 15.7% people in this neighborhood.[citation needed]

About 11.4% of residents living in Dumbo-Vinegar Hill-Downtown Brooklyn-Boerum had annual wages between $75,000 and $99,999 from 2009 to 2013 and 13.9% of them made $100,000 - $149,999. People with incomes greater than $200,000 comprised 8.2% of the population and 6.3% of the residents had annual wages between $150,000 and $199,999 in the same time period. In 2000, the annual income in District 2 had the highest mean $112,414 and the lowest mean was $9,876.[citation needed]


Only 51.58% of people who live in District 2 belong to a religious group.[citation needed] The religion best represented in District 2 is Catholicism at 25.54%, followed by Judaism at 11.51%, Pentecostalism at 11.1%, and Islam at 3.8%.[citation needed] Less represented religions are: Methodist (0.79%), Episcopalian (0.65%), LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days -0.36%), and Eastern Orthodox Christian Church (0.18%)[citation needed]

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