Gentrification, in recent times, has hit New York City with severe consequences for those who have been pushed out for the ‘hip’ up and comers. However Brooklyn has been hit the hardest by the influx of money and culture displacement. Certain areas of Brooklyn look nothing like they did 10 years ago because of….gentrification.
This website has been put together by a group of students attending Queens College in New York to examine the process of gentrification, it’s outcome for the displaced, how it occurs due to the current systems we have in place, and why it hits some places harder than others. We have examined the effects of gentrification on particular areas of Brooklyn, namely: Williamsburg (analyzed by Shevin Narine), Bedford-Stuyvesant (analyzed by Paraskevas Xenophontos), South Slope (analyzed by Matt Gomes) and Bushwick (analyzed by Raiaan Valli).
Some reasons as to why these particular areas have become gentrified (but are not limited to) are, a large influx of former Manhattan residents escaping real estate prices in the city as well as the need to stand out and live in ‘hip’ communities. It does seem that the gentrification of Brooklyn is inevitable with the current political, social and economic systems that our city has in place, the slide is constantly happening and those who can’t afford to protect themselves will be displaced.
Individuals supporting gentrification feel that neighborhoods become safer and more jobs become available while those who oppose it feel that the culture of the neighborhood is destroyed and opportunities for low-income residents and small businesses continue to dwindle while the private sector prospers.
There are several organizations fighting to prevent gentrification in Brooklyn and through our peer’s investigation (Aalya Ismail), we have discovered their strategies so that we can spread their message and become part of the conversation in an attempt to ignite the spark for change.