A growing foreign flavor
BY HUGH SON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
Mexicans in Park Slope. Chinese in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
Egyptians in Bay Ridge.
Immigrants are expanding beyond their established enclaves or
settling in unexpected places in Brooklyn, according to a recent
city report, "The Newest New Yorkers 2000: Immigrant New York in
the New Millennium."
Chinese immigrants in particular have made homes beyond Sunset
Park - New York's third Chinatown, after ones in downtown
Manhattan and Flushing, Queens - by settling in Bay Ridge,
Bensonhurst and Gravesend.
The second-largest immigrant group in Brooklyn with 86,064
members, Chinese also have expanded to the outskirts of Borough
Park, a predominantly Hasidic Jewish neighborhood that now has
7,746 Chinese living there.
"At some point, the expanding boundaries of each community will
touch each other, which will be really interesting," said John
Mollenkopf, director of CUNY's Center for Urban Research.
In another census tract dominated by Hasidic Jews - in this
case, the Satmar community of Williamsburg - more than 20% of the
population is Chinese, with 1,194 residents living along Broadway
north of Flushing Ave.
"It's very unexpected," Mollenkopf said, noting that the
Williamsburg Chinese group wasn't near any other large Asian
Other surprises included the flourishing Hispanic community in
Park Slope, a result of the expansion of the Mexican and Dominican
enclaves along Fifth Ave. in Sunset Park.
There are now 18,700 foreign-born residents living in the
established white, upper-middle class community. More than 20% of
those immigrants are from Mexico or the Dominican Republic.
"This is a better neighborhood with better housing than some of
the poorer Latino zones of initial settlement," such as
Williamsburg or Bushwick, Mollenkopf said.
Former Italian-American strongholds Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge
are now home to the largest numbers of foreign-born residents in
Brooklyn, with 78,600, according to the report.
In addition to considerable Russian and Chinese communities,
there are 2,073 Egyptians living in Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst, part of
its sizable Middle Eastern community.