If you want an image of whose vision of an ideal city New York is being remade into, this guy who considers the Atlantic Terminal Target to be "a rare sanctuary" because it looks just like the Target he went to in Plainfield, Illinois is a pretty good place to start. ... See MoreSee Less
Much of Floyd Bennett Field, it turns out, is built atop the wreckage of neighborhoods that Robert Moses tore down to build highways:
“‘We don’t know which neighborhood,’ she said, ‘but we do know the period, because when we find remnants of newspapers the dates are between early February and mid-March of 1953.’ The beach is a window into that era. She went on, ‘I tell people to imagine that they’re a props master for a film about a working-class Brooklyn family in 1953, and they have to fill their home with goods that would have been part of their everyday lives—shampoo bottles and cooking tools and car parts and flooring and makeup and children’s toys and furniture and electrical outlets. People say the beach is covered with garbage, but it’s actually covered with the material traces of homes that people had to abandon when Moses forced them out.’” ... See MoreSee Less
Good article overall by Norman Oder, but the most interesting bit may have been this from a commenter:
"He used the NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey data, in particular the question that asks residents who moved within the past 5 years, what was the reason for their move? He qualified certain responses as evidence for displacement, such as ‘eviction’ or ‘moved in search of less expensive rent.’ Seems like a good way to measure displacement until you realize this only captures residents who were displaced yet able to remain within the 5 boroughs. Anecdotally we know that many who are displaced are moving down south, to PA, and other out-of-city and out-of-state locations. Additionally those who doubled up with family or friends, and those who fell into homelessness were not quantified by this method."
So the entire "gentrification doesn't cause displacement" argument is based on data that ignores anyone who was displaced any worse than across town? Worst. Research. Ever. ... See MoreSee Less
Thomas MilhamSo if you were an original or born and breed person to an area getting gentrified and are forced out you don't count as being displaced. Article is Total misinterpretation of the problem at hand.
The new city council speaker says he'd consider overruling local councilmembers to push through development projects. Translation: If the local elected official says no, developers can now try to go around them by lobbying Corey Johnson instead. ... See MoreSee Less
I still remember the protests back in the '90s after a bicyclist was hit by a car and killed in that section of the drive on the east side of Prospect Park where cars and bikes were always in close proximity. This was a long, long battle — a century and a half long, depending on how you count — so it's nice to see cars finally banished from the park for good (one hopes, anyway). ... See MoreSee Less
Dinah FegaI've driven through the park, and it was a great convenience during rush hours. I hit no one & did not hate myself. I've seen many bicyclists endanger themselves on the streets, and pedestrians on the sidewalks. That said, a driver's responsibility is to avoid hitting even the biggest fools.
2 weeks ago · 4
Eric CariñoNow that it’s done, let’s move on to the greatest danger. When can we get the cyclists out? 🚴♀️
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Brooklyn WarsI'd be fine with the cyclists if someone enforced the traffic laws on them. They don't feel like a hazard when they're going the speed limit and in the right direction.
Meanwhile, the city's reports on how to pay for this $2.5 billion monster and on where it would actually run are now more than six months overdue. But they bought a prototype and parked it at the Navy Yard, so, progress! ... See MoreSee Less
“If the city does nothing, the entire East Williamsburg industrial area will no doubt turn into an attractively distressed office park, replete with reused timber and Edison light bulbs,” warns Archibald. “Is that what we want?” ... See MoreSee Less
"Whisker’s real bread and butter, though, is the reliable business of fellow vegans along with 'newer people in the neighborhood.' (When I ask if he means the 'younger white people,' he nods a little sheepishly)." ... See MoreSee Less
"Speliotis attributes the vacancies to multiple causes, but cited more well-off tenants’ choice in the private market as a reason the highest tier of apartments are a tough sell. ... For higher-income people, 30 percent [of income] may be a larger percentage than what they were paying in the open market."
Nearly 100 apartments that were up for grabs at Pacific Park (the site formerly known as Atlantic Yards) through the city's affordable housing lottery a year ago are now being listed on StreetEasy, because not enough of the lottery winners would take them.
This is great news since Sahadi's is the best, but the fact that the workers are going to have to do their jobs in public because that's "a young people way of shopping" is maybe just a little ew. ... See MoreSee Less