We're almost certain you haven't forgotten about that whole L train debacle.
You know, that thing where the MTA's going to be shutting down the entire train line for up to 3 years in order to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy?
This shutdown won't just be a mild inconvenience. An astounding number of New Yorkers that rely on the L train in order to commute into Manhattan for their jobs, so the impending shutdown weighs heavily on residents in Brooklyn.
But apparently, it's not enough to slow down the gentrification of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
According to a study by NYU's Furman Center, more apartments are slated for construction in Williamsburg and Greenpoint than any other neighborhood in the New York City.
The neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Astoria, Woodside, Sunnyside, Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea followed behind, but North Brooklyn is the clear front runner.
The study also reports that Northern Brooklyn accounts for 9.5% of all new units built in NYC, and a whopping 30% of new units in Brooklyn.
Due to this staggering growth, Williamsburg and Greenpoint are now being reported as the most gentrified neighborhoods in the city, which comes as a surprise to almost no one. "Williamsburg" and "gentrification" are practically synonymous to any and all New Yorkers.
The housing boom in these areas is due mostly to controversial rezoning that occurred back in 2005, resulting in a plethora of residential towers along the water front.
And Northern Brooklyn doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon-- between 2000 and 2014, average rents increased by 57.7%, the greatest of anywhere else in this city.[via DNA Info] [Feature Image Courtesy Brooklyn Paper]