FROM PARADISE TO SLUM: Shocking Facts About The New York City Wealth Gap


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Only 0.75 miles separate one of New York’s wealthiest congressional districts from one of its poorest.New York Magazine profiles the gap between New York’s 14th and 16th congressional districts. The 14th includes most of Manhattan’s East Side below Harlem and a large portion of Queens, and the 16th includes a large portion of the Bronx.

We picked out some dramatic facts from this must-read article.

There are 90 Starbucks on Manhattan's East Side, there's only one in the Bronx

On Manhattan's East Side, the median income is $79,385 compared to $23,073 in the Bronx

There were 1,153 rodent complaints on Manhattan's East Side, and 2,804 in the Bronx

9.9% of people are below the poverty level on the East Side, compared to 39.2% in the Bronx

Mayor Bloomberg made 42 official visits to Manhattan's East Side in a year, and only 10 to the Bronx

13.8% of households on the East Side have children compared to 39.2% in the Bronx

On the East Side, 2.6% of households have single mothers, compared to 22.6% in the Bronx

At age 25 and higher, only 9% of people on the East Side have less than a high school education, compared to 41.2% in the Bronx

There were 21 murders on the East Side last year, and 88 in the Bronx

A loaf of white bread on the East Side costs $3.39, while in the Bronx it costs $1.83

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