[Click above image to see numbers on chart more clearly.]
All you have to do is walk through Brooklyn Heights or Fort Greene or Bedford-Stuyvesant or Park Slope, or almost anywhere else in north central Brooklyn, to see that history is embedded in the structures of the borough.
The place, in fact, is all but synonymous with the word brownstone, which itself has come to signify the then-suburban elegance of eighteenth century New York.
But now the American Community Survey, which has become the annual version of the decennial census, shows us with undeceiving numbers that our perception are based in fact.
Brooklyn has far more homes built before World War II, in both percentage terms and absolute numbers, than any other borough, with 52.6 percent of its houses (505,103 of them) constructed before 1939.
(The above graphic, by the way, is a breakdown of homes in Brooklyn, by decade of construction, with pre-1939 being the last category. Click the image to see the breakdowns more clearly. To see the housing survey with all of its significant detail, go to this New York City Planning Department site and choose "selected housing characteristics" for the year 2007.)
Regarding pre-1939 homes in the city, Manhattan was next with 49.1 percent (or 414,464 structures) of its housing inventory in that category. The Bronx had 39.6 percent, Queens, 33.9 percent and Staten Island, 20.1.
(To see website with this accompanying photo of Brooklyn brownstones, click here.)