Will Michael Carfagna ever transform Jackson Heights into the Park Slope of Queens?
"It's going to take someone with deep pockets and with a vision," he said. "And if you find them, put them in touch with me."
Mr. Carfagna, perhaps best known for designing the "Billy Burg, Meet Jack Heights" and "More Park, Less Slope" bus shelter ads that ran in Williamsburg and Park Slope, respectively, aims to close the price gap between the trendy areas of Brooklyn and the Queens neighborhood he's called home since 1985.
The Broker Who Would Make Jackson Heights The Next Park Slope
The low prices are almost as much a deterrent for new buyers as the lack of awareness, he explained. Often Mr. Carfagna's clients assume there is something wrong with his properties – "How can it be so inexpensive?" they ask – or they're wary of making an investment. When residents want to sell, "no one's showing them the money," he said.
Still, the area's first Starbucks opened this year, and Mr. Carfagna is optimistic. He has plans for more ads in Washington Heights and Inwood; he might even have a real live Jack Heights show up at neighborhood events.
So this guy wants to take an area that right now is affordable to people of all stripes and turn it into a white yuppie paradise. This is the typical racist gentrification scheme that has been encouraged by the Bloomberg administration, who is at war with everyone who makes less than a mint.