Brooklyn economy driven by creative workers

While Brooklyn is seeing more job growth than the other boroughs in these turbulent economic times, one industry in particular is thriving.The ranks of self-employed

PARK SLOPE - While Brooklyn is seeing more job growth than the other boroughs in these turbulent economic times, one industry in particular is thriving.

The ranks of self-employed creative workers in Brooklyn - freelancers, artists and designers - have grown 23 percent. In the past six years, Brooklyn has experienced a 33.2 percent increase in creative entrepreneurs. In Manhattan, the growth was just 6.5 percent.

The industry has become so popular in Brooklyn that a playwright opened a space for freelancers in Park Slope that is booming.

"People need space in the city - it's tough to be able to think and work at home," says Scott Adkins, of the Brooklyn Writer's Space.

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