The News is spending their blizzard day locked inside their offices crunching the census numbers, and they've come to some conclusions: Manhattan is losing its diversity, and new white residents in Harlem feel that blacks don't like them. Overall, Manhattan's population has increased by five percent since 2000, and they credit that to the white population rising by an estimated 11 percent to around 928,000 in the past decade, while the number of blacks dropped by six percent, to less than 250,000, and the Hispanic populations dropped four percent, to just under 400,000.
They particularly focus on the changing face of Harlem, where whites increased from two percent of the neighborhood's population to 9.8 percent since 2000. During the same period, the black population shrank from 61.2 percent to 54.4 percent. They recount the woes of 21-year-old anecdotal evidence #1, white actress Kaitlin Heath. Heath, who moved to Harlem last year, laments how she has been reminded time and again that she is a newcomer to the neighborhood; people even "say snide stuff and white jokes when I pass by on the street." Of course, she also gives quotes like, "It's incredible. I love thinking about all the stuff that has happened here," about her $2,350 a month, three-bedroom apartment on 119th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. We can't imagine why longtime residents might not be so charmed by her.