Brooklyn. It’s a big place, a historied place, and a really great place to go if you like people who wear flannel. Or kill each other!
Below is a graph of murders in Brooklyn over the last 4 years (source: Rohan Aodhan) with color-coded dots that tell you the race of the murder victim. Fun for the whole family, right? Let’s take a look.
Green markers indicate white victims – generally on this map, Italians, Jews, Russians, Irish, Albanians, and other European-descended persons.
Blue markers indicate African-American victims.
Orange markers indicate Latino victims – generally on this map, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Cubans, Mexicans, et al.
Red markers indicate Asian victims – generally on this map, Chinese, Indian, and Pakistani persons.
Purple markers indicate Middle-Eastern or African immigrant victims – such as Ethiopians, Arabs, Nigerians.
As you can see, the neighborhoods of Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and East New York have the most homicides — most of the victims in this part of the map are young black males. It should be noted that with every year there has been a marked decrease in murders; “149 in 2009, 184 in 2010, 171 in 2011, and 113 so far in the year 2012″ says Rohan Aodhan.
It’s a phenomenal if terrifying map if you think about the fact that every one of those dots is a person, and also worth mentioning that there is less crime in more gentrified neighborhoods as the more affluent can afford to live in more heavily policed areas.