Longtime Bed-Stuy Residents Have Had It With Hipster Bars Invading Their Neighborhood

As she described the gourmet menu drafted for her new bar on DeKalb Avenue, Bob's Standard co-founder Hilary Krishnan faced a tough crowd. "Gourmet pickle plates, curry sandwiches, chorizo dogs," she said cheerfully. "Are you getting hungry yet?"

The attendees at the February 9 meeting of Bed-Stuy's Community Board 3, whom Krishnan was asking for support, stared back in silence. Leaning back in her chair, 55-year-old Brooklynite Juanita Lewis had a one-word answer to Krishnan's question.


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A Brooklyn Nets Fan Responds to "Gentrification's Team" Label

Two weeks ago, we called the Brooklyn Nets "Gentrification's Team." It wasn't a particularly enlightening revelation, of course, but it was now supported by cold hard unscientific data. More »

Attention Upscale Homeless! Urban Outfitters' Space Ninety 8 to Open in Williamsburg on Friday

Tessa Stuart
Space Ninety 8
Last year, when news emerged that Urban Outfitters would be opening up on North 6th Street in Williamsburg -- a stone's throw from a planned Whole Foods and Anthropologie (both on Bedford), and next door to a new American Apparel -- an informal poll yielded consensus: neighbors were unenthusiastic. Some even swore they would never shop there.

But everyone bemoans gentrification; resisting it, when you're passing that $39 crop top every day on your way home from work, is another matter entirely. Just ask Spike Lee.

Will those negative Neds and Nancys be able to withstand the siren song of a macramé watermelon holder? Find out on Friday, when the multi-level Urban Outfitters, "Space Ninety 8," opens in Williamsburg.

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Williamsburg's Tops on the Waterfront to Close After 21 Years, Pushed out by Chain Stores

Categories: Gentrification

D.B. via Yelp
The "customer appreciation sale" at Williamsburg grocery store Tops on the Waterfront seems pretty awesome at first. Instead of just select items for sale, everything in the store--even the shopping carts--are 10 percent off.

But everything is for sale because Tops is closing its doors this month after 21 years in the neighborhood, pushed out, owner Yvonne Wong says, by large chain stores flocking to Williamsburg.

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The Rent Conundrum: Brooklynites Are Fleeing Back to Manhattan!

A few months ago, we sadly had to write a post titled "Brooklyn is No Longer the 'Budget-Savvy' Alternative to Manhattan." It revolved around the news that Brooklyn was now the second most-expensive place to live in the country, falling only below its skyscraper neighbor, Manhattan. But what happens when the second-most expensive place to live becomes as costly, if not more, than the most expensive place?

Let's call it the modern-day urban sprawl.

In a story that would come as a surprise to someone living in 2006, the Daily News reported yesterday that Brooklyn is becoming so damn expensive that recent transplants are actually going back to Manhattan. The slowly, then rapidly developing real estate boom in Kings County over the past decade is now pushing out newcomers as well as longtime residents.

Welcome to the rent conundrum that is New York City.

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Just Because It's My Brooklyn Doesn't Mean It Can't Be Yours

David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons
Fulton Street Mall
On Saturday afternoon, Rerun Theater at Rebar was full. It seemed only fitting that even the name of the place is a do-over, its chairs the back seats from old minivans--and not just because Rerun is a venue for post-film festival movies that don't yet have distributors. Today the theater was screening Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean's My Brooklyn, a documentary about gentrification, public policy, and community in and around Downtown Brooklyn. In the film, Anderson unearths the political catalysts and private interests behind the gentrification of the borough she now calls home. It's worth noting that Rebar is in DUMBO, a neighborhood whose name is short for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass," and which was adopted in the late 1970s by residents of the area, hoping that its ugliness would deter developers. It didn't.

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