Crain’s seems to think that Crown Heights and Fort Greene are still a reasonable places for the “creative class” priced out of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. They quote an artist who moved to Crown Heights after finding that she couldn’t—shocker—afford Williamsburg: “It’s up-and-coming but not there yet, a bit underdeveloped but with its own charm.” Another couple brags about finding cheaper studio rent in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill than in Bushwick, but pay $3,500 for a two-bedroom.The piece also includes lots of gems like this: “We were looking to move to Brooklyn to live because that’s where a lot of the artists are.”
Gothamist also looks at what the influx of creative types ever deeper into the borough will mean for those who already live in neighborhoods like East New York, one of the targets of the mayor’s push to build more affordable housing by allowing for increased density. But what does affordable housing mean in a neighborhood where most of the housing is, de facto, at least somewhat affordable. And is not, in any event, likely to go down in price as a result of multiple market-rate developments going up?
In other gentrification news, Next City takes a look at the concept of “just green enough” improvements to neighborhoods, a policy that seeks to limit the greening of neighborhoods to forestall gentrification. The proposals include more pocket parks and less flashy projects like the High Line that dramatically change a neighborhood’s look, feel and appeal to real estate developers.
Meanwhile, some European cities are grappling with what happens when real estate developers have no interest in speculation, and looking at some unusual methods for reviving their derelict cores. The Atlantic Cities reports that Athens is exploring a model in which the city would fix up dilapidated historic structures whose owners cannot be found, returning them if and when rental income on the property pays for the repairs. Dublin may let residents build homes on city lots, provided they agree to live there for at least 10 years.
Just in time for the five-week G train shutdown, the Greenpoint ferry will return, Crain’s reports. Though the five months it took to make the repairs at the privately-owned pier has raised some eyebrows about the wisdom of such private-public transportation. Then again, ferries are very expensive to operate, as the city’s unwillingness to subsidize Rockaway’s ferry service after October illustrates.
DNAInfo has compiled a helpful list of how to know if your landlord is trying to illegally evict you from your rent-stabilized apartment. Among other things to look for: only an actual letter from a judge can be used to evict you.
Where did the boardwalk wood go after Sandy? DNAInfo has an interactive map showing the tropical hardwood’s repurposing post-Sandy, after workers at the site stopped the city from simply trashing the reusable wood. Fun fact: though the boardwalk started taking shape as early as 1866, “back then, the walks were built privately by hotel and business owners to make it easier for customers to get to the beach.” It was not until the 1920s that the city-built boardwalk emerged.
Toll Brothers is now celebrating the Park Avenue Historic District in the marketing materials for the condo project that involved the destruction of two pre-Civil War townhouses and never could have been built had it passed just a little bit sooner, according to The Wall Street Journal. The condo, to be called 1110 Park “will be one of the last new condominium buildings to be built on Park Avenue,” boasts the marketing mumbo-jumbo.