6. Little Pakistan, Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn
Though it may seem surprising, the largest Pakistani population in New York City is located on Coney Island Avenue. Beforehand, this area was primarily Jewish (and there is still a large Jewish population in the area) until Pakistani migration in the 1990s. The number of Pakistanis in Brooklyn was roughly 9,903 in 2010. However, Little Pakistan was almost nonexistent after 9/11.
After 9/11, several agencies came into Middle Eastern and South Asian neighborhoods looking for suspicious activities and inciting fear in residents, some of whom could face deportation for small immigration-related problems. As a result of this suspicion and interrogation, business in Little Pakistan dropped by 50%. At the peak of this time, 20,000 members of Brooklyn’s Pakistani population left the United States.
Since then, however, the area has recovered and is now filled with Pakistani restaurants (four of which are open 24-hours), salons and jewelry shops.