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Some New Yorkers Call Parks, Cemeteries Home, Census Shows

Friday, March 25, 2011

The 2010 Census data revealed many interesting facts about the city's population — including that some New Yorkers call the city's larger parks and cemeteries home.

In Central Park, the population is listed at 25, according to WNYC's analysis of census data released Thursday. There are 56 people who call Flushing Meadows Corona Park home and none who claim their residence as Prospect Park, the data shows.

There are five people who listed Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn as their home — a spokesperson for the cemetery said employees live on premises.

This is a reflection of the U.S. Census Bureau's efforts to "count residents where they actually live," including open spaces like parks, according to its spokesman Robert Bernstein.

Many of those counted are homeless.

"As far as I know," they don't actually live in the park, said Kari Wethington, manager of public relations at Central Park Conservancy. "I'm sure people wish they could do that," she added. "But there's no address where they live."

It's difficult to know how much time those who claim parks as their permanent residence actually spend in the parks, but "they happen to be accounted there," Bernstein said.

 

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Fay from Springfield Gardens

We have a diamond in the city located in Springfield Gardens, Queens that is not being funded by the city unless the volunteers received discretionary funds from our elected which is at a minimal. The volunteers make every effort to keep the park clean. There is low maintenance and the upkeep is lacking of employees to keep our clean. We could also like to get some of the funding that are being allocated to other parks....level the playing field please!!! We could also use a vast amount of irrigation for our flower beds,

May. 28 2014 09:11 AM
Mark Kalan from NYC 'Burbs

If all the homeless camped out in public places the homeless problem would be solved. Instead we criminalize being homeless.

Mar. 25 2011 03:36 PM

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