Tale of two cities: New report reveals wealth gap widest in NYC

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South Bronx (PIX11) – New data being released Thursday by the Census Bureau shows New York City’s poverty rate is rising.

According to the annual American Community Survey, more than 21% of New Yorkers were living below the poverty line in 2012.

Also, New York has the largest inequality between rich and poor.

But according to the New York Times, the Bloomberg Administration said the city’s ability to create jobs has helped slow the poverty rate compared to other cities.

At an intake center for homeless families in the South Bronx, packed buses dropped people off early in the morning Thursday. “It’s horrible out here. It’s terrible. It’s hard to find jobs; hard to find a place to stay,” Lynette Deas said. She said she’s not surprised about the rise in poverty. Deas and her family were evicted from their apartment in Staten Island and they need a place to stay.

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has repeatedly called New York a “tale of two cities.”  And now there’s new data that backs that up.

In contrast, when Republican candidate Joe Lhota won the nomination on primary day he painted a picture of New York as one united city. But when asked about the new poverty numbers, Lhota told the Times poverty remains a critical problem.