This is about Williamsburg, but you can substitute that Brooklyn neighborhood name with "Long Island City," "Sunnyside" or "Astoria" and tell an identical story:
The two sides of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Wander away from the center of the hipster universe -- North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue -- and another Williamsburg is revealed, a Williamsburg that existed long before the first struggling artist arrived.
But the neighborhood known for its diversity in ethnic groups and economic strata is absorbing a steady stream of young, white, middle-class professionals as more and more luxury developments go up and long-time residents are squeezed out.
We had one site we hoped to acquire for senior housing that now has 80 luxury units going on it. We couldn't beat the developer's price. The number of people being displaced is pretty scary, and there's really no place for them to go."
Pretty ironic that a city that prides itself on its diversity is looking to get rid of anyone who isn't white or doesn't make 6 figures, isn't it?