From the Daily News:
The city's count of stalled construction projects in the borough [of Brooklyn] has surged 42% since it began tracking them this summer, according to the Department of Buildings' latest statistics.
Brooklyn has the most stalled sites of any borough, with a total of 245. This makes up nearly half of the 527 buildings sitting unfinished citywide after the collapse of the housing market sent many developers packing.
"They went forward with all this stuff, and now we're paying the price," said community activist and Williamsburg resident Phil DePaolo, who said the metal frames and vacant lots strewn across his neighborhood are a magnet for drug addicts and homeless people.
"An area where you had factories and life, you [now] have emptiness and darkness, and it increases the fear factor in the community," he said.
Stalled sites in Manhattan have jumped 40% to 80, and have risen 38% to 25 in the Bronx. In Staten Island, the unfinished projects more than doubled to 33, and in Queens, they've risen 6% to 144.