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Columbia Street Waterfront: The Gayborhood Without Gay Vibe

The Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn is a gayborhood where most of the householders are gay, it is a beautiful place with great architecture, a nice market, many amenities and relatively low rents. Yet this gayborhood has no gay scene at all.

According to Shane Dixon Kavanaugh from Crains New York Business the Columbia Street Waterfront District Lacks some gay fabulous vibe:

It doesn’t have a single gay bar. Nor do rainbow-hued flags flutter outside the café, the antique shop or any of the other new businesses dotting the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. And, for the record, there are no plans to move Brooklyn’s annual gay pride parade there from its longtime route along Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue.

This scenario may surprise some, since the neighborhood has a greater proportion of same-sex households than any other area of the city.

According to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2009 American Community Survey, same-sex households make up 11% of the total in the district: a 10-block-long strip of north Red Hook, just west of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. That tops the percentage of same-sex couples in neighborhoods better-known for having a gay presence, like Chelsea (10%) and the West Village (5%).

Nonetheless, according to many of those who live or work along Columbia Street, the area is unlikely to become the next Christopher Street.

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