Few Signs of Primary Election in Brooklyn's Little Pakistan

You’ll find many different kinds of signs on the storefronts along Coney Island Avenue in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn nicknamed “Little Pakistan,” but you probably won’t find any concerning a candidate running in today’s primary election.

According to the 2000 Census, there were 34,310 Pakistani-Americans living in New York City, with over 40 percent of them in Brooklyn. (The number in 2010 is surely much higher, since the community’s rate of growth jumped 154 percent from 1990-2000.) But only about 10,000 of the Pakistani immigrants in New York are U.S. citizens who have the potential to vote, and many are not registered.

The primary campaign trail has largely skipped this neighborhood. There has been little courting of their votes by Democratic or Republican candidates running for office this fall.

“For me the reason that there is no sense of election in Little Pakistan is that I am Republican, and no Republican candidate has sent or mailed any election campaign material to me,” said Ghulam Farid Langrial.

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This story was produced by Feet in Two Worlds, a project at The New School's Center for New York City Affairs. Feet in Two Worlds coverage of the New York Primary is supported, in part, by the New York Community Trust.