Brooklyn’s darkest, brightest winter neighborhoods rated
Neighborhoods in or near Downtown and Central Brooklyn make up the majority of those that receive the least sunlight this winter, while most of the sunniest neighborhoods in Brooklyn are near the water and away from the shadows of tall buildings, according to real estate website Localize.city.
Scientists analyzed geographic information systems to determine which New York City neighborhoods get the most and the least direct sunlight in the coldest months of the year, the website reported.
This could have an impact on residents’ moods. “Access to sunlight has very real implications for health and wellness,” the Localize.city report said. “In the late fall and winter months, those with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, know all too well how the darker days bring on depressive symptoms, listless feelings and increased moodiness.”
The top five most light-deprived neighborhoods were Brooklyn Heights, Prospect Park South, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and Brighton Beach (which isn’t near Central Brooklyn but is densely built with apartment houses).
The top five sunniest neighborhoods were Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Red Hook, the Brooklyn Navy Yard area and Canarsie.
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From mid-November until mid-January, I get no sunlight in my apartment, because the sun is too low in the sky to clear the buildings across the street. And I only get sun in the afternoon for about 2 weeks around June 21st, because only then does it clear the tower opposite.