Photo via Brooklyn Historical Society
One of the most exciting things about exploring Brooklyn is seeing the unique architecture of each neighborhood. Now, thanks to an interactive map from urban_calc, you can also learn the age of these structures in the borough with the oldest buildings in the city. Using the city’s OpenData project and Pluto dataset, urban_calc found the median age of buildings in each census tract. The oldest neighborhood is Ocean Hill at 1911, followed by Cypress Hill, Park Slope and Stuyvesant Heights, all with a median building year of 1920. On the other hand, the newest neighborhoods include Coney Island, West Brighton, East New York, Canarsie and Williamsburg.
Brooklyn is the borough with the oldest original construction date, with a median year of 1932. Manhattan ranks as the second oldest with a median construction year of 1948.
To expand the research, the data also measured the diversity of the building ages within certain Brooklyn neighborhoods. In the map, the higher the diversity in age the darker the color, the lower diversity, the lighter the color. This recognized neighborhoods like Brownsville and East Flatbush to have the highest degree of homogenous construction age. Places like Williamsburg, Fort Greene and Greenpoint show a lot of variance in construction age, due to a lot of new development popping up in these neighborhoods.
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