Gentrification neglects many Brooklyn nabes

July 09, 2012 11:30AM

As Brooklyn has gentrified over the last decade, some in the borough now known for live music and artisanal local food feel left behind, the New York Times reported. Some sections of Brooklyn feel little or no relation to the most upscale neighborhoods, such as Park Slope, Williamsburg and Boerum Hill, the paper said.

The percentage of residents holding graduate degrees in Greenpoint and Williamsburg quadrupled to 12 percent between 1990 and 2010, the Times said. But in East New York and Starrett City, that percentage stayed steady at 4 percent.

“Even in certain parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant you find a cafe table to sit out in the sun,” Joycelyn Maynard, a resident of less-affluent Brownsville, told the Times. “Here, how can you have a cafe where people eat in the sun if they’re concerned about gangs shooting each other?” [NYT]