Downtown Brooklyn’s population is booming – with 4,000 more people moving to the area last year alone, officials said Thursday.
About 12,000 people now live in the 16-square-block area at the core of downtown – up from just 400 counted in the 2000 census, according to data from the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
Residents historically shunned the struggling business district, but apartment towers have been sprouting since a massive development plan was launched four years ago.
Partnership president Joe Chan said the 4,000 person jump in 2010 was the biggest influx of residents yet.
“Downtown Brooklyn is one of the nation’s fastest growing residential neighborhoods,” he said. “Amazing growth…happened despite economic challenges.”
Most of the new residents come from six new apartment towers that opened last year in the area, including Brooklyner, DKLB, and Toren.
“There’s definitely been an influx,” said Ryan Krill, 29, who moved to the Brooklyner, a massive Lawrence St. building, from Greenwood Heights in December to be close to a new job. “As these office buildings are filling up, you’re having a lot more people who want to come down here.”
Emre Basaran, 37, chose the neighborhood when he moved from Belgium last year to study for a Ph.D. at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute. “This was the most convenient,” he said. “I like it. I can walk and go to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. For a family living, it’s getting more and more hospitable.”