When Rich New Yorkers Fled, These Workers Kept the City Running


The sheer number of essential workers in Mount Hope who cannot work from home is most likely why it was the only neighborhood in the city where the total number of commuting trips actually increased during the height of the pandemic, when New York came to a virtual standstill.

The average number of weekday commutes in Mount Hope, which sits about a mile and a half north of Yankee Stadium, rose 4 percent in April from the same month the previous year, according to an analysis by StreetLight Data, a transportation data analytics company. Across the city, commutes fell 34 percent. The analysis was based primarily on the movements of millions of cellphones around the city combined with census and other data.

Nearly all of Mount Hope’s population is black or Hispanic, according to an analysis of census data by Social Explorer, a research company. The median annual household income in the neighborhood is $30,706, compared with $38,085 for the Bronx, and $60,762 for New York City.

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