Shiny new businesses pop up on graffitied and decrepit street corners of the new “East Williamsburg,” and over-priced organic grocery stores and restaurants with a new trendy run-down façade are moving into some of the most historically dangerous neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
The pilgrimage of artists and skinny-jeaned “hipsters” has dug deeper and deeper into this urban society, and with them have come new business, a new class and new hope for the neighborhood. However some not-so-old world habits still persist.
Last December, police nabbed 41 members of the TBO (True Bosses Only a.k.a. Team Bang Out) that openly brandished guns and terrorized Bushwick streets for several years, but street fights and gang violence still sporadically break out among the now-heavily patrolled parks like Maria Hernandez on Knickerbocker and Irving Avenues.
The trek along the L and M train lines, carrying artists away from their incubator in the Lower East Side, has forcibly pushed a new era into the heart of Brooklyn. Today, investors are seeking out which neighborhood is next in line for a quick market turnaround and a fast buck.
Neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope have become exceedingly expensive, where the median real estate prices are now reaching and surpassing $700,000, while other portions of communities like Sunset Park and Crown Heights have become the next in line.
Today the push into neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy towards East New York has also become apparent, but let's hope that the gentrification of Brooklyn means a better life for all of its residents, including the ones that have lived there for generations, and not just for those who can afford to pay the luxury prices.
Because the way that it's going, in the not-so-distant future you’re Bed-Stuy brownstone won’t have to star in the next Spike Lee film to fetch over $1 million.