This Is Your Brooklyn

January 27, 2012

Brooklyn Neighborhood ReportsAbove: The Brooklyn Neighborhood Reports

This Is Your Brooklyn

Now there’s an easy way to get a deeper knowledge about the distinctive and diverse neighborhoods that we call home.

This week, after months of research and review by our partners at the Center for the Study of Brooklyn at Brooklyn College, we published the first-ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Reports. It’s a key part in our ongoing effort to get Brooklynites more informed about where they live and more empowered to take on local challenges.

The Brooklyn Neighborhood Reports—more than 600 pages in all—present comprehensive civic data profiles of Brooklyn’s 18 Community Districts, as well a Brooklyn-wide report, in a way that’s never been done before.

With critical information from the U.S. Census and other sources, each report covers nine theme areas and explores over 90 indicators of civic health. Reports are available to view and download on the Center’s website here.

The reports feature concise, easy-to-read graphs and maps of neighborhood-level data for Demographics, Youth & Education, Economy, Housing, Environment, Health, Public Safety, Arts & Culture, and Civic Engagement—to illustrate, for example, educational attainment; employment and income; housing affordability; environmental, health, and public safety conditions;  access to arts and culture; and how civically engaged residents are, in Brooklyn’s Community Districts.

“Too often, stats about Brooklyn get submerged in citywide stats that miss important local trends.”
– Brooklyn Community Foundation President
Marilyn Gelber

In 2005 we funded the creation of Center for the Study of Brooklyn at Brooklyn College, the first and only research center devoted exclusively to the study of public affairs in Brooklyn. In 2009, as part of our transition to a community foundation and in the midst of great growth in the borough, we identified a great need for statistical trend data that a “city” of 2.5 million would typically have. We commissioned the Center to develop the Brooklyn Neighborhood Reports as part of a new joint information initiative to help us better understand transformations happening throughout Brooklyn.

“As we consider the data from across our distinct communities from Williamsburg and Bay Ridge to Park Slope and Brownsville, we begin to identify developments and disparities that confirm our progress, but also our challenges, and reveal the impact of new residents—not just former Manhattanites and the latest generation of creative young people, but an ever increasing number of striving immigrants from China, Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti,” adds Gelber. “We hope these Brooklyn data will not only be useful in helping grantmakers, non-profits, the business community, and public officials in their planning, but more importantly, we hope they will empower and inspire all Brooklynites to take on local challenges and create positive change from the ground up.”

The Brooklyn Neighbo
rhood Reports are now available to support data-driven public policy, programming, and funding decisions that impact Brooklyn’s 18 Community Districts. The first-ever Brooklyn Trends Report will also be published in 2012 bythe Center for the Study of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and will provide a more in-depth examination of borough-wide and neighborhood data for the nine aforementioned theme areas.

Read the Brooklyn Bureau Story“Brooklyn has experienced a great deal of growth and investment, and it would be easy to say that we’re doing a lot better than ten or twenty years ago,” said Center for the Study of Brooklyn Director Gretchen Maneval. “However, in order to have the most accurate understanding of the changes in Brooklyn, it’s essential that in addition to celebrating and building upon our obvious successes, we also look beyond borough-wide numbers and consider what the data at the Community District level reveal—what’s going well, and what we still need to improve upon.”

Share Your Brooklyn Knowledge

We want to hear from you about how the data in theBrooklyn Neighborhood Reports reflect your experiences living and working in Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. Share your perspective on change as part of the ongoing dialogue about Brooklyn’s future. We encourage you to join us in being a force for good in Brooklyn.

Tell us on Twitter at @DoGoodBklyn, post to our Facebook wall, or simply send us an email. Join the conversation – Do Good Right Here!

What's Happening Across Brooklyn 

Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at and follow us at

Volunteers Shovel for Seniors!
Last Friday evening we put out a call for volunteers to grab their shovels in anticipation of Saturday's snowfall. We want to say a big THANK YOU to all who answered and ventured out in the wet weather to shovel the stoops and sidewalks of their elderly neighbors. If you're interested in being contacted about future opportunities, simply sign up here.

Hope Program Donor Spotlighted in WSJ
Our Community Development Fund grantee partner The HOPE Program appeared in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC New York Nightly News this week because of the generosity of a Manhattan clothier. The workforce development program's most recent class of students visited Mohan's Custom Tailors for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - the gift of a custom-made suit! The full article is available here and you can watch the video here. 

Build a Better Brooklyn
Please take a moment to cast your vote for Brooklyn Community Foundation in Bay Ridge Toyota's Build a Better Brooklyn Facebook contest. The dealership will give the winning charity a percentage of the proceeds from every car sold during the first quarter of this year. Vote here!

Attention Grantseekers: The deadline for Letters of Inquiry is Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Please note recent changes to our grant application calendar. Major Change to Brooklyn Community Foundation Grants Application Calendar