December 17, 2013
This week, Mayor Bloomberg will visit one of the five boroughs each day to highlight where each borough stood in 2001 and where it stands today in key areas. Today, the Mayor discussed the progress in Brooklyn at the new LeFrak Center Ice Rink in Prospect Park, which opens this week.
Since 2001, Brooklyn has grown by more than 94,000 people, bringing its population to an all-time record high of 2,565,000.
Brooklyn has become a safer place to live, work and visit than ever before:
In Brooklyn, 219 new schools have been created – the highest of any borough – and more than 29,000 new school seats have been added.
In 2002, fewer than half of Brooklyn’s high school students graduated within four years.
As a result of the City’s five-borough economic development strategy, Brooklyn’s economy has grown rapidly:
New industries and businesses have also moved to Brooklyn:
Over the last 12 years, the City has financed the preservation and construction of more than 43,000 units of affordable housing for Brooklyn residents.
During the past 12 years, the Administration has invested $5 billion in capital improvements in city parks:
The City also dramatically increased the size of the biggest and best municipal park system in the nation, including by:
Now, approximately 76 percent of New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of a park or playground – an increase of a quarter-million people in just the past six years.
Arts & Cultural Affairs
The City has completed more than 100 cultural capital projects in Brooklyn since 2001, including:
Attendance at city-owned cultural institutions in the borough increased by nearly 170,000 visitors from 2,455,208 in 2001 to 2,624,075 last fiscal year.
Compared with 2001, regrant support for individual artists and small arts groups has also increased more than three-fold to nearly $250,000.
During the past twelve years, Brooklyn’s quality of life – and length of life – have both improved:
Marc La Vorgna (212)788-2958