Tuesday’s New York City subway shooting occurred in Sunset Park, a multicultural Brooklyn neighbourhood known for its thriving Asian cafes and shops, Statue of Liberty views and a sprawling Industry City warehouse district housing creative businesses.
Here are six facts about the neighbourhood:
• Its namesake is Sunset Park where a leafy hilltop affords breathtaking waterfront views at sunset of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
• Based on US Census data, the population of Sunset Park is overwhelmingly Hispanic and Asian.
• In 2018, its nonfatal assault hospitalization rate of 37 per 100,000 people placed it well below the New York City average of 59.
• In February 2016, Sunset Park West was one of four neighbourhoods featured in a New York Times article about “New York’s Next Hot Neighborhoods” citing redevelopment along the waterfront in Industry City and the use of warehouses as party and event spaces.
• The 478-acre (193-hectare) Green-Wood Cemetery is the burial home to famous New Yorkers including artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, composer and orchestra conductor Leonard Bernstein, Brooklyn Dodgers co-owner Charles Ebbets, newspaper publisher Horace Greeley, stained-glass pioneer Louis Comfort Tiffany and William M. “Boss” Tweed.
• The New York City subway station where the shooting took place, at 36th Street and Fourth Avenue, is served by the D, N, and R train lines.