Dyker Heights’ Asian-American Influx

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Bloomberg has a story about how the latest census numbers shows that a census tract in Dyker Heights saw one of the city’s biggest increases in ethic diversity over the past decade, contributing to New York’s standing as the most ethically diverse city in the country. The trend citywide—which was particularly pronounced in some areas, like the Dyker Heights census tract profiled in the story—involves a marked (31.8 percent percent) increase in the number of Asian residents in 2010 as compared to a decade ago. The article cites one broker who specializes in the Dyker Heights, long an Italian-American stronghold, who says that Asians have accounted for about half the home sales in the neighborhood since 2007. Another broker, meanwhile, says the majority of Asians who have moved to the neighborhood are professionals and not first-generation immigrants, and that they’re attracted to the area’s schools and housing stock.
Brooklyn Enclave Helps NY Top LA as U.S. Diversity Capital [Bloomberg]

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  • Yes, you can tell all the Asian homes, the first thing they do is install those freaking ugly ass “stainless steel” security storm doors, that never match the house attached to it, and look like prison cell doors. These have to be the ugliest doors on earth.

  • Yes, you can tell all the Moonface homes, the first thing they do is install those freaking ugly ass “sustainable salvaged vintage wood” ego-extension doors, that never match the once working class houses attached to it, and look like the set of a boring Dickens novel. These have to be the ugliest doors on earth.

    *rob*

  • Yes, ugly doors being all but unknown in most traditionally Italian neighborhoods.

  • daveinbedstuy

    After they get rid of the BVMs in the bathtubs, the fake flowers and the red white and green railings.

  • Kensingtonian

    Rob, there are no moonfaces in Dyker Heights.

  • house decor stereotypes are kinda fun to notice. i will say, in my opinion anyway, the group with the worst taste in home decor are white-white people between the ages of 26 and 60.

    *rob*

  • why did they need to have that racist quote from the ben-bay broker? that’s just ugly..

  • quote:
    Rob, there are no moonfaces in Dyker Heights.

    lol, i never claimed there was. i was just talking about how they restore their homes in general.. tho less moonface perse as they are generally renters who live in squalor.. i dont really have a word for the types of people im thinking of..

    *rob*

  • I didn’t know that you could use the census to track “ethic” diversity.

  • dittoburg

    thats a shock – rob hating on white people the most. who’d have thunk it?

    The increasing test scores at PS 229 will only make the neigborhood more expensive – better get in now!

  • quote:
    The increasing test scores at PS 229 will only make the neigborhood more expensive – better get in now!

    f’ing barf. i can’t stand that rents are based on public elementary school scores. beyond stupid! ugh i was mayor i’d place an embargo on rich peoples’ crotchfruit.

    *rob*

  • dittoburg

    “i can’t stand that rents are based on public elementary school scores.”

    Is that why you rent in the PS 321 district – to make some stand against supply and demand?

  • daveinbedstuy

    “Some of the residents here were so concerned about blacks moving in, they didn’t even notice the influx of Asians,” said Nick Venezia, 33, manager of Ben Bay Realty Co. in Brooklyn”

    WOW!!!!!

  • I see Venezia’s brain and mouth are not connected.That is, if he has a brain.

  • babs

    Not only is that broker’s comment ugly, it’s unprofessional and probably a violation of Fair Housing guidelines. Should be reported to the state.

  • Biff Champion

    I’m suddenly in the mood for a bowl of potage.

  • quote:
    Is that why you rent in the PS 321 district – to make some stand against supply and demand?

    as a matter of fact, yes.

    *rob*

  • daveinbedstuy

    Biff, have some congee.

  • Biff Champion

    Maybe I’ll have some fagioli instead.

  • dittoburg

    good for you making a principled stand. If you hate kids it must be tough living in a neighborhood for families.

  • What the heck is “diverse” about a neighborhood with 1042 whites, 83 Asians, 5 Black people and 3 who define themselves as “multiracial”?

  • daveinbedstuy

    Wait ’till the Hispanics arrive.

  • quote:
    good for you making a principled stand. If you hate kids it must be tough living in a neighborhood for families.

    LOL! i dont hate kids!!! creepy mean people hate kids. i just kinda wish that parents had to shoulder ALL of the tax burden for them, that’s all.

    *rob*

  • oh heck with them, dibs. wait til we Jews arrive. Our doors are made of lox and fromage à la crème.

  • dylanfan, “diverse” for some people really just means an ethiopean restaurant, a mexican restaurant, a french bistro, a vietnamese sandwich shop, and an italian restaurant all within walking distance. it has nothing to do with people who actually live in the neighborhood.. duh!

    *rob*

  • dittoburg

    Sorry Rob. Perhaps I read too much into your use of the term “crotchfruit”

  • daveinbedstuy

    rob at 10:17…truer words have never been spoken!!!!!

  • daveinbedstuy

    How’d they miss the Irish???

  • “Some of the residents here were so concerned about blacks moving in, they didn’t even notice the influx of Asians,” said Nick Venezia, 33, manager of Ben Bay Realty Co. in Brooklyn”

    (Cue disco music – bumf, bumf, bumf, I got the powwerrr!!!)

    Able to frighten entire neighborhoods out of their homes – BLACK PEOPLE!!!!

    So much for progress.

  • I know, MM. those sneaky Asians and fearsome Black folk. Why one would think they had the right to live anywhere.

  • daveinbedstuy

    MM, I had an incredible welcoming moment last night. Walking by my nighbors I said hello to Mrs. Jones. I always call them by Mrs and Mr unless they’ve told me otherwise and she told me to call her by her first name.

    I guess she finally surrendered to the fact that the irish were there to stay and make the best of it.

  • Able to frighten rob out of an entire neighborhood – Moonfaces!!!!

  • denton

    “Yes, you can tell all the Moonface homes, the first thing they do is install those freaking ugly ass “sustainable salvaged vintage wood” ego-extension doors, ”

    haha, that’s exactly what I did rob! Tho I hardly think the ugly ass metal door that I replaced was original to the house either.

  • it would be hysterical if the dykes moved in!

    *rob*

  • (and as a technically gay person i can say that)

    *rob*

  • daveinbedstuy

    The neighborhood will continue to go down hill until the gays move in.

  • denton

    looks like silver is doing that DEAD CAT BOUNCE.

  • quote: i dont really have a word for the types of people im thinking of..

    *rob*

    perhaps rob will invent a new word :-)

  • quote: I’m suddenly in the mood for a bowl of potage.

    So you want a bowl of postage? Oh, no, I read that wrong. This thread makes one desire a bowl of soup? Or a Potager Garden?

  • I see a steel door and I want to paint it black
    No chrome fence anymore, I want them to turn black

  • OK the dykes comment was pretty funny

    I guess the math portion of SAT scores will be going up there in the near future

    (that’s all i got…..sad)

  • “About half the home purchases in Dyker Heights since 2007 have been by Asians, Venezia said, mostly second- and third- generation Chinese-American professionals. That drove him to hire four more Chinese-speaking workers, who are among the 20 employees working in his office, he said.”

    Something doesn’t add up here. Second- and third- generation professionals need Chinese speaking workers?

  • Good point, kensingtonka. Reminds me of movies where people go up to someone Asian and start speaking in bad Mandarin, or Japanese, and the person says, “Dude, I’m from Encino.” People make such ridiculous blunders when it comes to race and ethnicity. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so lame.

  • perhaps if they are dealing with chinese businesses, then yeah why wouldnt they hire chinese speaking people?

    and montrose, so youve never made a cultural blunder? i find that hard to believe…

    *rob*

  • As a first generation immigrant, I should say I’d be very, very impressed if the second and third generations felt comfortable discussing real estate transactions in the language of ancestors.

  • Actually, rob, I don’t think I have, at least not since I’ve been an adult in NYC. I’m very careful not to offend, since I’ve been on the receiving end enough times, and I generally keep quiet and suss out the situation before opening my mouth. Besides, I’m pretty shy in real life, and don’t feel the need to be out there proving something.

  • fair enough, i guess. have you ever assumed someone was gay who turned out to be straight and vice versa?

    *rob*

  • Yes, my gaydar is not perfect, although it’s pretty good. However, I’ve never made insensitive to gay, or straight people remarks and then found out that person is, or is not gay, and had to tap dance my way out of being socially stupid.

  • “Yes, ugly doors being all but unknown in most traditionally Italian neighborhoods.”

    Leucas, I think you might be the only person on this thread that has ever been to Dyker Heights.

    Dyker Heights is incredibly diverse as a neighborhood. However, while the avenues can be integrated, the streets are not. It’s a series of separate communities rubbing shoulders. Plenty of Jews (it borders Boro Park for crying out loud), Hispanics, Italians, Arabs, and Chinese. Nearly 100% of the residents are multi-lingual. As far as desiring to conduct business in the language of their ancestors–it may be weird, but it’s very Dyker Heights. Every community is viscerally proud of their heritage and a large percentage of signs are not in English. Island communities where everyone is in costume. The fact that they exist in Brooklyn seems a somewhat insignificant detail. Nobody cares about what is “real” Brooklyn or not. But pretty, it ain’t. Maple Lanes and nail salons are the only places of integration.

  • Dude, I have relatives in Dyker Heights. Count me in. :-)

  • This thread is hysterical!! Thanks for many laughs. BTW, I live in DH, and I’m uni-lingual. But I am getting surrounded by Lebanese and Chinese (as well as a bunch of Italians), so who knows….maybe I will be multi-lingual soon!