A study examining the racial dynamics of New York City's neighborhoods has, unsurprisingly, turned up pockets of segregation.
After finding a University of Michigan study which claimed that NYC is the U.S.'s second most-segregated metropolitan area, a graduate student from Chicago named Daniel Hertz decided to use census data to get to the bottom of it. The end result was maps showing areas of the city that are less than 10 percent black and 10 percent white, as well as those that are less than five percent black and five percent white.
So what conclusions did he draw after putting in work? Nothing shocking:
For one, it confirms graphically what the Census numbers suggested, which is that the median black New Yorker lives in a neighborhood with very few white people, and vice versa. But it also suggests a racial landscape that looks different from that of Chicago, and lots of other American cities, in important ways. In particular, where Chicago has a relatively simple racial geography—white neighborhoods at various levels of integration with Hispanics and Asians to the north and northwest, black and Hispanic neighborhoods to the south and west, with only a few small islands like Hyde Park and Bridgeport that break the pattern—New York’s segregated neighborhoods form a more complex patchwork across the city.
So even coupled with claims that New York City also apparently has the most segregated public school system with America, the city still has an advantage over Chicago. Perhaps it's some twisted payback for the Bulls domination of the Knicks during the NBA playoffs back in the '90s.
Still, it's really nothing to celebrate.