There are currently 35,200 buildings within the case study area of Crown Heights & Bedford-Stuyvesant according to NYC PLUTO. In the map below, the building footprints in blue are the ones have been built since 1990, while the larger color fields indicate change in population by census tract, with lighter blue=a lower increase, and darker blue=a greater increase.
What does it all mean?
We would expect to see a higher occurance of blue buildings in areas that are darker blue. This indicates the city “functioning normally” so to speak—rebuilding itself in response to increasing population in the area.
However, the presence of new construction in lower populated areas can mean two things:
- multi-family units are becoming single-family walkups; or
- developers are constructing new buildings to prepare for an explosion of population—AKA the beginning of the gentrification process.
“You can see it happening...coming right down the street. Now they’re building this thing [a new 8-story residential building at Franklin Ave & Fulton Street]. Once that goes up it’s all over.” —Mark, lifetime Crown Heights resident.