is something paradoxical about life in New York.
the one hand, the city allows people of various ethnicities to
blend into the life of the city and to share its resources.
the other hand, New York is also very provincial. It is a city
where people of the same race and similar income levels often
cluster in neighborhoods, where they find comfort in their own
foods and cultures.
2000 Census documents many neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs
with a median household income of more than $180,000 a year--nine
times the income of an average poor family. Some households exist
on way below that level.
most cases, such dramatically contrasting neighborhoods are not
very close to one another. In Brooklyn and Queens, neighborhoods
with high income levels typically border parks and meadows, like
Jamaica Estates and Kew Gardens, or abut the sea, like Brooklyn
Heights. The Bronx's posh Riverdale section is secluded in the
hills of the southwestern tip of the borough. In all of those
areas, the residents do not live adjacent to people at the lowest
end of the income spectrum. (click
here to link to a nyc gov map showing income disparities)