NYC Gentrification Watch
Last summer when I rode down Linden Boulevard, I was shocked the see the
usually quiet, tree-lined street of wood-frame houses, row houses and
1920s apartment buildings had become one gigantic construction site.
Literally dozens of men in hard hats and yellow vests were walking every
which way, and cement trucks and materials lined the street on either
side. As I explored further, to my shock and dismay, I saw several of
Linden Boulevard’s signature low rise town and wood frame houses getting
replaced with fugly generic modernist boxes. But just when things
couldn’t have gotten worse, I encountered this huge, sprawling hulking
monstrosity, right off Rogers Avenue:
The date? July 22, 2018.
The thing was so huge, so massive, I
almost passed out. I couldn’t believe it. It took up of what looked like
the place of three large apartment buildings, and could’ve have been
more out of scale. But a hopeful part of my brain tried to see a silver
lining in what looked like a very dark cloud. I thought,
“Well, this is
bad, but at least it’s not overshooting the local area buildings too
much. What’s it gonna be? Ten, twelve stories? That’s bad, but it could
Fast forward almost a year later, and this…thing…has topped out at 27
stories. It is so huge that the once open skies of East Flatbush and
other surrounding areas have been forever blotted. As of June 2019, it
is now visible from at least a 3 mile radius in every direction.
Seeing this thing in photographs, it’s very hard to gauge just how
obscenely large, out of context and out of scale it is. But trust
me–this thing is so huge, so obnoxious that it is the biggest F*** YOU
by developers I have ever seen since the proposed development for Two Bridges
She's not kidding. I went there myself and it's literally a hideous daylight devouring monster certain to cause displacement of the residents of those rowhouses and the neighboring apt. buildings and homes down the boulevard.
Also like to add that it's also the derelict mayor de Blasio's biggest fuck you to the people he swore to help in the still developing "tale of two cities" (pun intended).
Check out those precarious balconies too.