Tour of the Brooklyn Ghetto and Brooklyn Gangs Areas
Within New York City’s most known borough resides a number of Brooklyn hoods in sections like East New York, Flatbush, Bed Stuy, Canarsie, and Brownsville. While gentrification and an influx of hipsters and yuppies has been moving into certain sections of the former Brooklyn ghetto, there still is presence. The map below highlights the main Brooklyn hoods with brief historical background, while the colors do not indicate any Brooklyn gangs affiliations.
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Brief Background of Brooklyn Hoods
In the very beginning of Brooklyn’s existence, the vast majority of the borough’s original neighborhoods were home to families of various European backgrounds.
One specific neighborhood was an exception, Bedford-Stuyvesant. The former home of legends Jay-Z and Notorious BIG was not necessarily a rival to Harlem, but one of the city’s first and oldest black communities that was well famed in the neighborhood’s early days for black entertainment, ownership, and success.
By the 1960s, areas like Brownsville and East New York started to change as the communities were slowly becoming more home to the city’s African American population. This was mostly due to the fact that many of the white families were leaving for other neighborhoods.
Following African Americans, a large influx of West Indians during the 1980s relocated into Brooklyn. This helped Brooklyn’s black population expand into places like Flatbush and Canarsie, even though West Indians have been in Brooklyn for generations.
The movement of African Americans, West Indians, and Latinos into certain Brooklyn neighborhoods was with the help of blockbusting and redlining. These practices were when banks and real estate companies would try to influence white families to sell their homes and force minority families to move into a specific location while having only limited choices and limited resources. This led to the making of the Brooklyn ghetto.
Eventually, each of these Brooklyn hoods would create their own reputations. Whether it was the 90z in Flatbush, the East New York housing projects along Linden Blvd., the fear of the entire community of Brownsville, from Ocean Hill to Marcus Garvey, or Myrtle Avenue of Bed Stuy, home to the Marcy and Tompkins projects.
Today, gentrification is slowly moving into the once predominantly black communities of the Brooklyn hoods. With gentrification of the Brooklyn ghetto there is a shrinking population within the urban community with a large arrival of hipsters, millennials, and families from other cultural backgrounds.