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Last updated: 05/21/2024

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In 2022, Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights was the city’s 38th largest neighborhood by population out of 59 neighborhoods. It has the 48th largest proportion of nonwhite population, the 7th highest median income, and the 4th most expensive rents of the city’s 59 neighborhoods. From 2010 to 2020, the neighborhood added 13,924 new housing units, 10,601 units of which were market rate and 3,323 units of which were income restricted.

DEMOGRAPHICS

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Demographics


In 2022, there were an estimated 135,987 people in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights, of which 10.2% identified as Asian, 15.8% identified as Black, 12.1% identified as Hispanic, and 55.5% identified as White.

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In 2022, the household income group with the largest share (35.4%) of households was $100,001 - $250,000. In 2000, the same household income group had the largest share as well, with a slightly lower share of 27.1%.

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Median household income in 2022 was $136,230, about 76% more than citywide median household income ($77,550). The poverty rate in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights was 12.9% in 2022 compared to 18.3% citywide.

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Renters and Rental Conditions

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Renters and Rental Conditions


Real median gross rent in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights increased from $1,370 in 2006 to $2,850 in 2022. This represents a 108.0% increase over the same period. The overall rental vacancy rate in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights was 4.4% in 2022.

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The rent distribution shows the share of apartments by their size (according to the number of bedrooms), and then for each apartment size in the community district, the share of apartments according to their monthly gross rent. This distribution compares 5-year ACS figures from 2010 to 5-year ACS figures from 2022.

Between 2018-2022, the largest share of studios had gross rents between $3,000 - $4,000 (19%), the largest share of one-bedrooms had rents between $3,000 - $4,000 (32%), the largest share of two-bedrooms had rents between > $4,000 (26%), the largest share of three bedrooms had rents between > $4,000 (25%). (If you are viewing this page on a desktop, you can use the drop down menu below to switch between different apartment sizes)

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As of 2022, the change in median gross rent outpaced the change in median household income by 12.1 percentage points. In 2022, 20.8% of renter households in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights were severely rent burdened (spent more than 50% of household income on rent). 13.6% of the rental units were affordable at 80% Area Median Income, 13 percentage points lower than the share in 2010.

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HOUSING

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Housing Market


In 2022, the homeownership rate in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights was 32.8%, which is higher than the citywide share of 32.7%. The homeownership rate in the neighborhood has increased by 1.7 percentage points since 2010. In 2022, the home purchase loan rate was 43.3 per 1,000 properties (owner-occupied 1-4 family buildings, condominiums, or cooperative apartments) and the refinance loan rate was 13.6 per 1,000 properties in the neighborhood. Out of all the first-time home purchase loans and refinance loans in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights, 0.2% and 0.8% were high cost loans, respectively. 45 properties had a filing of mortgage foreclosure in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights in 2022. There were 2.4 mortgage foreclosure actions initiated per 1,000 1-4 family properties and condominium units.

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Among all residential properties, prices of residential properties have increased 94% in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights since 2009. (If you are viewing this page on a desktop, you can use the drop down menu below to switch to a different index year for longer term trends.)

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DEVELOPMENT

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Development


Over the last decade, 13,924 units in 4+ unit buildings were built in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights. 76% were market rate, compared to 21% that were income-targeted. We use data from a variety of sources to count the number of income-restricted units targeted to households earning between 80% and 165% of AMI. However, due to restricted availability of granular data our calculations of income-restricted units should be read as conservative estimates. Read more about our methodology in the technical appendix of the 2021 Focus Report.

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The Department of Buildings issued new building permits to 439 residential units in new buildings in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights in 2023, 4,672 fewer than the number of units authorized in 2022.

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The Department of Buildings issued new certificates of occupancy to 1,599 residential units in new buildings in Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights in 2023, 462 more than the number of units certified in 2022.

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SUBSIDIZED HOUSING

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Subsidized Housing


11.4% of the rental units were public housing rental units, as of 2023.

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Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights has 187 properties with subsidized units as of 2023 through programs like HUD assistance, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, 421a, and others. 4 properties have subsidies due to expire between 2024 and 2029, 10 properties have subsidies due to expire between 2030 and 2039, and 28 properties have subsidies expiring after 2039. For more comprehensive subsidized housing information in New York City, please visit Furman Center's CoreData.nyc.

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NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES AND CONDITIONS

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Neighborhood Services and Conditions


The serious crime rate, including property and violent crime types, was 18.6 serious crimes per 1,000 residents in 2023, compared to 14.2 serious crimes per 1,000 residents citywide.

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Data Notes: See CoreData User Guide for more information about indicator definitions and methods.

Indicators: The rental vacancy rate, severe crowding rate, and the severely rent-burdened households indicators use five-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates. Data under the 2010 heading comes from the 2006 – 2010 ACS, data under the 2019 heading comes from the 2015 – 2019 ACS and data under the 2022 heading comes from 2018 – 2022 ACS.