Houses facing Seth Low Playground (source: Michael Kirby Smith via New York Times)
[UPDATED 5:08 p.m.] As Southern Brooklyn bloggers, it sometimes seems as if we’re expected to criticize any attempt by larger, non-hyperlocal publications to curate, define or otherwise classify our turf – especially in terms of Real Estate.
However, even a locally crafted curmudgeon such as myself has to admit that the most recent profile of Bensonhurst in the New York Times Real Estate section last Friday (What, we’re not good enough for Sunday!? grumble grumble…) seems, for the most part, pretty fair. Continue Reading »
Red bean buns are quickly becoming as ubiquitous to Bensonhurst as cannolis
According to the 2010 census figures published in April, there are currently over one million people of Asian descent residing in New York City.
The number, which is equal to around 13% of the city’s population, is double the population of Asians living in Los Angeles and San Francisco combined.
During the same period the city’s Asian inhabitants saw a 32% increase, the population of New York’s whites diminished by 3%, while the number of black residents declined 5%.
New York’s Hispanic makeup also grew during the past decade, though not nearly as much, by 8%.
The Asian community in New York, which includes South Asians such as Indians, is extremely diverse. And that extensive range of voices has the potential of hindering the group’s aspirations to unify and assert itself under a single political banner. Continue Reading »