Last Poor Place on The Bowery Sold to Rich People

Hamilton Nolan · 03/05/14 01:07PM

In ancient times, "The Bowery" was a synonym for New York City's seedy, seething underworld. Today, the final remnants of Bowery poverty are, like any good metaphor, moving to Brooklyn and being replaced by a boutique hotel.

A Bed-Stuy State of Mind: Gentrification Shaken and Stirred

Jason Reynolds · 03/01/14 01:11PM

My first morning in Bed-Stuy was the most amazing morning of my life. I sat on the stoop and watched as the neighborhood stretched and yawned. The sun peeked over the brownstones, as weed smoke wafted through the air like the smell of breakfast bacon. Rastas swaggered up the block, their hair stuffed into stockings, crowned high on their heads. Little boys in blue pants and untucked white shirts, chased little girls in princess dresses down the sidewalk, laughing. Their mothers strutted behind them, shouldering heavy purses and gripping tight to bibles. A shirtless man banged at something underneath his car.

Tom Scocca · 10/25/13 11:09AM

Here is a thoughtful article, in the New York Post, about the "complex prestige game" that informs the New York graffiti community's disdain toward Banksy: "'Street art' is associated with whimsy and even gentrification—things the mainstream considers socially good, or at the least, nondestructive."

American Secrets: New York City

Akil b STRANGe, MC Grizzz, AJ Cincotta-Eichenfield and Mayor Bloomberg · 10/12/13 09:36AM

"American Secrets: New York City" is an audiovisual attempt at reckoning with Stop and Frisk, gentrification, and coming of age New York City by three young American artists (two emcees, one graphic designer) and their Mayor. The song and video embedded above deal with these hard questions; the lyrics are pasted below.

Heroic Williamsburg Condo Owners Reminisce on "Wild West" Days of 2011

Hamilton Nolan · 09/11/13 12:07PM

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is one of the most famously gentrified neighborhoods in the country, having completed its transition from industrial wasteland/ ethnic enclave to "place where financiers live in glass towers and joke about the 'hipsters' who can no longer afford to live there." But a few years ago, well— Williamsburg was wild, back then.

Dear Khary (An Autobiography of Gentrification),

Dr. Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson · 08/31/13 09:44AM

Last I saw you, you were stamping a kiss onto my forehead. I don't remember what you were wearing, or your smell. Only that you gave me a kiss the night before you left. That was twenty-three years ago. I was five.

Nitasha Tiku · 07/30/13 03:35PM

One of the many reasons you will never, ever be able to own a brownstone in gentrifying Brooklyn: European, Israeli, and Australian firms are methodically buying up all the inventory.

Max Read · 08/22/12 12:25PM

"Believe it or not, people without millions of dollars also like to drink coffee": a response to the NYT high line oped.

New Condos For The Poor

Hamilton Nolan · 12/08/09 11:41AM

The NYC Housing Authority is spending $248 million to renovate two shitty Brooklyn housing projects, while "a developer recently spent...$152 million [building a] condominium tower nearby." Which is probably languishing unsold! Just give everyone a free condo, the end. [NYT.]

The New NIMBYs

Hamilton Nolan · 11/16/09 11:03AM

Here is how cities work: Seedy neighborhood+Gentrification= Only a faint romantic halo of former seediness, which is used for real estate marketing purposes. Any attempt at neighborhood reversion to pre-gentrification standards will be terminated with extreme affluence.