Manual to the world #4

ManhattanI know, it’s only part 4 in this series and it’s already the second time I’m featuring a map.  I’ve explained before that I love maps and I really couldn’t resist this one.  It’s so interesting to see how racially divided New York City (still) is.  It would be even more interesting to see an extra layer on this map showing average rent prices. Or would that not be politically correct?

It’s no surprise to see that my neighborhood is primarily Hispanic (80%) but I was surprised to see there are so few black people (4%).  White people are pretty well represented at 15%.  That doesn’t sound like much, but the neighborhood bordering us has 83% whites which tilts the scale.  Up in Washington Heights and Inwood, Broadway is seen as a divider between the primarily Hispanic neighborhoods in the East and the white neighborhoods in the West.  It’s interesting to see how accurate this seems to be.

BrooklynThe division is even more pronounced in a couple other places.  Just have a look at 96th street on the Upper East Side.  And check out how Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park divide Brooklyn.

Further reading: Mapping America — Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey – NYTimes.com.

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