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Data Sources: New York City

The following are  reference books which contain data on Brooklyn communities.

Community District Needs

Start your investigation with the Community District Needs volume that covers Brooklyn.  The most recent edition is available electronically. Previous editions in print are held in the library's Reference Collection.

  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  •  Maps in ALL Brooklyn volumes show a progression covering:

    • New York City (all five boroughs/all Community Districts)
    • A Brooklyn map showing the 18 Community Districts
    • One map for each Community District with a section that shades in the District.
    • An insert below the map naming the neighborhoods within the District's boundaries.

    Why use the 1994 volume?  It contains the following information that is not in the 1996/99 books:

    • Data by Census tracts, including: Population, Employment, Age distribution, & Education
    • Maps with Census tract numbers matched to city blocks
    • Community Council Districts

    Contents of the 1996 volume unique to this edition:

    • Community School Districts
    • Lists of Public facilities, Libraries, Parks, etc.

    Contents of the 1999 volume unique to this edition:

    • School enrollment bar graphs
    • Maps of school districts with locations of schools indicated

    The 2001 volume contains updated information on

    • Group Daycare and Headstart Centers
    • Senior Centers
    • Libraries and Cultural Institutions
    • Maps of the above agencies

    Contents of the 2004 volume unique to this edition:

    • Summary 2000 census data, including population by age Information is also included on race/thnicity, household and family composition and housing units broken down by census tract.
    • Population comparisons are also made between the 1990 and 2000 census.
    The Brooklyn volume is available electronically.

    Contents of the 2005 volume unique to this edition:

    • Data by census tract (2000 Census), including population by age, place of birth, income and education, as well as employment status
    The Brooklyn volume is also available electronically.

    Census Tracts
    Available Electronically
    For data tables organized by Census Tract numbers, use the volumes titled  POPULATION AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS.  In the front of each volume, you will find pages called "List of Statistical Tables."  This tells you what information is found in each table (eg: Occupancy, Utilization, and Financial Characteristics of Housing Units) and gives the page number where each table is located.

    Demographic Profiles: A Portrait of New York City's Community Districts
    Available Electronically
    Each chapter covers an NYC borough, sub-divided by Community Districts.  Census data is presented as comparison tables, displaying side-by-side both 1980 and 1990 data on population characteristics and housing units.  Extensive appendices include: 1) A facsimile of a 1990 Census Form; and 2) Explanations for the data fields used in census-taking, eg: definitions for population characteristics such as "median age"; terms particular to household data such as "subfamily"and "group quarters"; delineations of groups by race; and derived statistical methods used to report census data such as mean, median, interpolation, and quartile.  Maps for each Community District are included, but do not show the street-name details that the maps in the 1994 Community District Needs books display.

    The Green Book of New York City Agencies
    Available Electronically
    A locator for phone numbers and mailing addresses for NYC agencies.  The front section of the book is labeled as "City" and gives brief descriptions of city agencies.  All Community Boards, Police precincts, School districts, and numerous other city planning and service agencies are listed.

    The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn
    Call Number: Ref F 129 B7 N44
    Each chapter portrays the historical, cultural, and social characteristics of a Brooklyn neighborhood.  Boxed inserts for each neighborhood cite: street boundaries; subway and bus lines; libraries; Community Board number;  police precinct number(s); fire department stations; and hospitals and clinics.  Detailed maps clearly label streets.  45 neighborhoods designated.

    New York City Community Health Atlas
    Available Electronically.
    Information compiled by the United Hospital Fund from these sources: the Census; NYS Dept. of Health's Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS); NYC Dept. of Health; NYC Human Resources Administration; and the Fund's own Ambulatory Care Access Project.  Presents data in these forms: tables, bar graphs and Borough maps.  Divides Brooklyn into 10 neighborhoods and lists data by those 10 neighborhood names. Where neighborhood data is referenced by zip code, cross-reference this information with the Community District maps.  Sample topics include: Births to women under 18; Infant Mortality; Disease reports, such as TB, AIDS & STDs, and heart disease; Homicides; Hospitalizations; and more.

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