South Bronx, Central Brooklyn hardest spots for kids growing up

Fifth grade teacher Millie Ramirez speaks with students

Fifth grade teacher Millie Ramirez speaks with students at PS 188 in the East Village. (Credit: Getty Images)

One in three children live below the federal poverty line in New York City, the worst ratio since 2000, according to a report released Tuesday.

Between 2008 and 2011, the official city poverty rate for kids rose from 26.5% to 29%, according to the Citizen's Committee for Children, which produced the study.

The nonprofit crunched data based on children's success factors such as child poverty rates, child abuse rates, literacy rates, and other indicaters.

The Federal Poverty level measures a family's total income and compares it to the national threshold of what families need to live, based on the number of members in a family and the ages of those people.

If the threshold is higher than the total income, the family is considered in poverty.

"It takes much longer for poor families to come out from under the recession," said Jennifer March-Joly, the executive director of Citizen's Committee for Children.

With nearly 1.7 million children in New York City, the Big Apple has the most kids of any U.S. city.

The report ranked the best and worst places for children in New York City.

In Hunts Point, 95.6 out of every 1,000 children were reported abused or neglected. Just 28 percent are meeting state and city reading standards in the neighborhood, compared with 46.9 percent citywide. About 49 percent of children in that community are living below the poverty level, compared with 29.8 percent citywide.

In Mott Haven, 99.5 of 1000 of children were reported neglected or abused, 26.6% meet standard reading rates, and 49% live below the poverty line.

In Brownsville, 75.3 out of 1000 of children were reported neglected or abused, 32.2% meet standard reading rates, and 52% live below the poverty line.

The Upper East Side, Tottenville and Bayside were highest-ranked on the list. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office declined to comment on the report.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowtiz said he found the findings "troubling."

"Brooklyn is in the midst of a major renaissance, becoming a destination for residents seeking a great place to live, work, go to school and raise a family, but we will not be satisfied until all neighborhoods ... see the same benefits," Markowitz said in a statement.

Phone calls to Councilwoman Darlene Mealy and Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, who represent Brownsville and Mott Haven respectively, were not returned.

Overall, the medium household income declined for a fourth-straight year. The rent burden on families also increased citywide by nearly 2%.

Reading and math scores increased slightly in the 2010-11 school year, after seeing a dramatic drop in the 2009-10 academic year after the test was recalibrated.

Citywide, infant motility rates, foster care placement, and juvenile detention center placement rates also decreased.

"The data shows that in a city as big as New York, where you live can provide vastly different experiences in how a child grows up," March-Joly said. "Children who are living in poverty, that's rarely the only barrier they are facing."

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Overall ranking (Best to Worst)

Upper East Side (M08)
Tottenville (S03)
Bayside (Q11)
Bay Ridge (K10)
Rego Park/Forest Hills (Q06)
Battery Park/Tribeca (M01)
Flushing (Q07)
South Beach (S02)
Greenwich Village (M02)
Upper West Side (M07)
Sunnyside/Woodside (Q02)
Fresh Meadows/Briarwood (Q08)
Murray Hill/Stuyvesant (M06)
Sheepshead Bay (K15)
Park Slope (K06)
Chelsea/Clinton (M04)
Ridgewood/Glendale (Q05)
Midtown Business District (M05)
Queens Village (Q13)
Woodhaven (Q09)
Canarsie (K18)
Elmhurst/Corona (Q04)
Howard Beach (Q10)
Bensonhurst (K11)
Sunset Park (K07)
Astoria (Q01)
Riverdale (B08)
Jackson Heights (Q03)
Fort Greene/Brooklyn Hts (K02)
Throgs Neck (B10)
Borough Park (K12)
Lower East Side (M03)
Flatbush/Midwood (K14)
St. George (S01)
Williamsburg/Greenpoint (K01)
Washington Heights (M12)
Crown Heights South (K09)
Pelham Parkway (B11)
Manhattanville (M09)
The Rockaways (Q14)
Coney Island (K13)
Jamaica/St. Albans (Q12)
Crown Heights North (K08)
East Flatbush (K17)
Unionport/Soundview (B09)
Bushwick (K04)
Bedford Park (B07)
Williamsbridge (B12)
East New York (K05)
East Harlem (M11)
Central Harlem (M10)
Concourse/Highbridge (B04)
Bedford Stuyvesant (K03)
East Tremont (B06)
University Heights (B05)
Morrisania (B03)
Brownsville (K16)
Mott Haven (B01)
Hunts Point (B02)

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By Borough

BRONX

Mott Haven (B01)
Hunts Point (B02)
Morrisania (B03)
Concourse/Highbridge (B04)
University Heights (B05)
East Tremont (B06)
Bedford Park (B07)
Riverdale (B08)
Unionport/Soundview (B09)
Throgs Neck (B10)
Pelham Parkway (B11)
Williamsbridge (B12)

BROOKLYN

Williamsburg/Greenpoint (K01)
Fort Greene/Brooklyn Hts (K02)
Bedford Stuyvesant (K03)
Bushwick (K04)
East New York (K05)
Park Slope (K06)
Sunset Park (K07)
Crown Heights North (K08)
Crown Heights South (K09)
Bay Ridge (K10)
Bensonhurst (K11)
Borough Park (K12)
Coney Island (K13)
Flatbush/Midwood (K14)
Sheepshead Bay (K15)
Brownsville (K16)
East Flatbush (K17)
Canarsie (K18)

MANHATTAN

Battery Park/Tribeca (M01)
Greenwich Village (M02)
Lower East Side (M03)
Chelsea/Clinton (M04)
Midtown Business District (M05)
Murray Hill/Stuyvesant (M06)
Upper West Side (M07)
Upper East Side (M08)
Manhattanville (M09)
Central Harlem (M10)
East Harlem (M11)
Washington Heights (M12)

QUEENS

Astoria (Q01)
Sunnyside/Woodside (Q02)
Jackson Heights (Q03)
Elmhurst/Corona (Q04)
Ridgewood/Glendale (Q05)
Rego Park/Forest Hills (Q06)
Flushing (Q07)
Fresh Meadows/Briarwood (Q08)
Woodhaven (Q09)
Howard Beach (Q10)
Bayside (Q11)
Jamaica/St. Albans (Q12)
Queens Village (Q13)
The Rockaways (Q14)
STATEN ISLAND
St. George (S01)
South Beach (S02)
Tottenville (S03)

This story has been changed to correct the following figures: the poverty rates for children citywide as well as in Hunts Point and Mott Haven in the Bronx and Brownsville, Brooklyn; the percentage of children citywide who meet state and city reading standards.

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