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.