Posts Tagged: Neighborhoods

Brand Evolves

The New York Times nervously ponders the evolution of a Harlem, a neighborhood whose core now has fewer black residents "than at any time since [Charles] Rangel was first elected in 1970" and is now eleven percent white.

More than ever, Harlem is less a clearly identified voting bloc than an idea. A brand. … Viewed from on top of those tour buses, Harlem is banking on a future tied to its legacy. Its currency is authenticity, a term that Harlem stakeholders added to their conversations as though pouring hot sauce and syrup over an order of chicken and waffles.

Leaving aside the problem with this imagery, [...]


A Celebration of 28th and Broadway

If your favorite neighborhood in Manhattan is what I like to call The Plastic Wig and Lousy Trinket Import District, or Little New Lagos, or, as they once called it, Tin Pan Alley, or, more boringly, North Flatiron, you will enjoy this oral history of 28th and Broadway. Emma Goldman's Mother Earth was headquartered there, for one thing. (Fun fact: Mother Earth went defunct in 1917, at the same time that, around the corner, at 28 W. 28th Street, the Everard Baths was already becoming a gathering place for the gays.)


Williamsburg Is The New Park Slope (Brooklyn Heights Is The New Williamsburg)

"The workers at the Rosarita Fish Shack in Williamsburg were surprised to see a couple pushing a crib on wheels down North Seventh Street on July 4.

They were further stunned when the couple asked if they could push the crib up to one of their sidewalk cafe tables and have their child hang out in it while they ate brunch."

Yes. Yes. Amazing. Do not miss their photo.

In a surprise transition, the babyness of Williamsburg is increasing exponentially while what we could consider "smart young hipsters" have been moving to Brooklyn Heights, which is simultaneously, and surprisingly, de-babying. GOOD LORD what's next.

Hipster baby [...]


Outlawing New York's Imagined Neighborhoods

Hero New York Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is "writing legislation" (translation: getting attention for a project that will never become a law) that would somehow "punish real estate agents for inventing neighborhood names and for falsely stretching their boundaries." (It would also require city approval for the naming of neighborhoods, which, no way, no how, no thank you.) And yes, while it's most amusing that the alleged law would forbid making up silly new neighborhoods, it would be nice if something could prevent the realtor-based spread of Williamsburg into Brownsville. Who else is to blame for all of this? Curbed. They're monsters like this! Also New York mag, [...]


The Two Brooklyn Neighborhoods That Got White Almost Overnight

The Fordham Institute analyzed the fastest-whitening neighborhoods in America between 2000 and 2010, according to census data. Brooklyn had four of the most-whitened zip codes of the top 25 most-whitened zip codes in all of America. We win!

And when you map it out, those four zip codes actually make up just two areas that are contiguous. I've combined them here on Google Maps.

• First: 11238 and 11205. That's Prospect Heights, essentially, to the south, and then where Fort Greene and Clinton Hill meet. Lemme tell you, I was right living right there in the middle, on the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene border, last week, and glorious Clinton Avenue [...]


Do You Accidentally Live in One of NYC's 20 Hot Micro-Hoods?

In this coming Monday's New York magazine: "Tomorrow’s Hot Neighborhoods Today." Pack your bags, kiddos! You can only hope to live in "Twenty under-the-radar microneighborhoods that may just be the Next Big Thing, from McGolrick Park to the Lower East FiDi. Including: Four micro-micro-neighborhoods that are blossoming on side streets, thanks to a slew of new storefronts." Okay, if you are proposing McGolrick Park—Greenpoint's stretch of Nassau and Driggs on the far side of McGuinness, then times are strange. Mmm, the screaming emanating from PS110! And the Polish weeping at Arthur's Funeral Home! How delicious, a nine-block walk to the Nassau G train stop. Great for the unemployed! At [...]