There are eight million stories in the Naked City — or 8,175,133, to be more precise, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau figures. NYCity News Service reporters hit the streets to put faces to the numbers in a series of story packages that offer snapshots of who we are, how we live — and where. We found the only thing you can count on in the city is change.


Natives are Newcomers in Sunset Park

A growing number of Latinos are identifying themselves as Indians.

By July 5, 2011

Shopping for Change on Franklin Ave.

Two decades ago, Crown Heights was best known for racial tensions and drugs. But over the past decade, the neighborhood has transformed – particularly along Franklin Avenue.

By June 27, 2011

Growing Gowanus

The canal is due for a cleanup and a Whole Foods is on the way. Census figures show that the boom is being fueled, at least in part, by an influx of young residents.

By and May 23, 2011

‘Being Bushified’ in Brooklyn

Amid the ongoing demographic shift in Fort Greene, the Urban Bush Women dance troupe has been serving the community for 25 years.

A Taste of Paris in Carroll Gardens

The Brooklyn neighborhood has long been known for its Italian traditions. But a new wave of French immigrants is transforming this community into Little Paris. Will the newcomers stay?

Journey to New York City

Fewer than half of New York City residents were born in New York State. Check out some interviews with New Yorkers who started life outside New York.

By and May 23, 2011

The View from the Street

Gilbert Kelly, who spends his days collecting bottles and sweeping sidewalks, has witnessed big changes on his Grand Avenue block.

By May 23, 2011

Communities Divided in Williamsburg

Fewer residents of Williamsburg responded to the census than just about any other neighborhood in the city, which may be one symptom of a split community.

By May 23, 2011

Sounds of New Life in Red Hook

The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music has helped drive growth in the remote Brooklyn neighborhood.

By May 23, 2011

Counting People and Taking Names

With the final numbers in, census workers have stories to tell.

By May 21, 2011