Monday, January 10, 2011
People like living in East Elmhurst
From the NY Times:
New York is a place of constant change, an ever-shifting mosaic of immigrants, ethnic groups, strivers who make their mark and move on.
Except in East Elmhurst, Queens.
This neighborhood of Cape Cods and small stucco homes was among the first where African-Americans could buy homes. So they bought here in the 1970s. And never left.
Residents of an East Elmhurst census tract stay in their homes the longest of residents of any of the more than 2,000 census tracts in New York City, according to an examination of recently released data from Census Bureau surveys from 2005 to 2009. The median move-in date for homeowners there is 1974 — more than 36 years ago.
The neighborhood, an enclave of unfussy two-story houses that lies just below La Guardia Airport, is populated by the same families who planted the seedlings that are today’s lush hedges and towering trees.