Brooklyn’s Gayest Neighborhood: The Brooklyn Navy Yard?

07/15/2011 1:30 PM |

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Back in March Census data was interpreted in such a way that the Columbia Street Waterfront District came out as the Brooklyn (quasi-)neighborhood with the highest percentage of same-sex households in the borough. But now a new WNYC infographic chartmap plotting the greatest concentrations of same-sex couples throughout the five boroughs suggests two other sections of Brooklyn are statistically more gay.

Those are a tiny sliver of west Fort Greene-Downtown Brooklyn-BAM Cultural District—where 11 percent of 299 responding pairs were same-sex couples—and, .2 percent behind it, the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wait, what?

Yes, the Brooklyn Navy Yard census zone, which includes tiny bits of Clinton Hill and Vinegar Hill and a total of 74 couples, had a whole 8 same-sex couples, accounting for about 10.8 percent of the total.

In other census news more conformant to prevailing stereotypes, the West Village through Chelsea and up to Hell’s Kitchen (or “Hellsea” as some call it) are the neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of same-sex couples in the city, all overwhelmingly male. Only part of Park Slope had a significant majority of female same-sex couples. But let’s not lose sight of what’s fascinating here, the statistically high percentage of same-sex couples amongst inhabitants of the Brooklyn Navy Yard area.

(Curbed; Photo: NYPL)