By Rodrigo Camarena. Plus, if telecommuting ever does become big, places like Sunset Park are surely not going to benefit. While landowners can benefit from loopholes in rent-control policies, it pales in comparison to the profit that corporations gain from the displacement of the immigrants and low-income residents. Even with the ETPA in place, landlords can still increase rent after a tenant leaves or force them out through subtle harassment and intimidation. Sunset Park is, for now, still known as an affordable place that’s just barely resisted the fast moving gentrification of Murray Hill East, Park Slope and countless other neighborhoods. While economic progress is generally good, we always need to challenge the “why” and “how” of it. Originally from Los Angeles, Shaun is a longtime resident of Sunset Park, Brooklyn where he organizes with Sunset Park for a Liberated Future (SPLF), Protect 8th Avenue Coalition, and No New Jails NYC against gentrification… Article and photos by Hanna Utkin. The nation's capital saw the highest percentage of gentrified neighborhoods at 40 percent. DEMOGRAPHICS. Industry City, which owns thirty-five acres on the waterfront in Sunset Park, is collaborating with Amazon to potentially develop that area, allowing their private and foreign investors to profit. As rent continues to rise and families become unable to afford it, they enter into a process of displacement known as gentrification—a process associated with class division and racial differences. In 2019 alone, residents of Sunset Park witnessed the massive influence that corporations played in the gentrification of their neighborhood. This is a power move on Industry City’s part, creating and spreading an erroneous perception of their motives while convincing individuals that this is what they want, not something fabricated by a corporation via branding and advertising—selling the idea of economic growth for all. “In Sunset Park gentrification is not complete for two reasons,” Tran said. Sunset Park community leaders on Thursday met with local politicians at Park Asia restaurant on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park to discuss fear the Asian American community is facing in connection to an upcoming Lunar New Year’s celebration at New Utrecht High School, according to the Brooklyn Reporter website. Pigeon keeper Chris Szwaba releases one of his charges in front of the Sunset Park building where he keeps about 400 pigeons atop the roof Monday, April 4, … The problem with this is that it comes at the cost of displacing its original community due to the rise in property values and, inevitably, rent. Graph courtesy FAC. The new map, released by nonprofit National Community Reinvestment Coalition, reveals that several blocks between 20th and 24th Street next to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway have already seen a displacement of the Hispanic population as housing prices more than tripled. Mom's Cookie Recipe Brings Cheer To Sad Coronavirus Christmas, Behind The Scoreboard: Cheering For A Bronx Soldier. If I could telecommute, I'd do it from a lot nicer place than Sunset Park. Sunset Park’s community board is gearing up for a stopgap review of Industry City’s rezoning now that the complex has agreed to put its plans on hold. Recent capital infusions into and the ongoing development of the neighborhood’s Industry City—as well as constant declarations that Sunset Park is the “next hot neighborhood“—have rightfully made many residents nervous about what all these changes mean for them, the people who actually live in the middle of “Gentrification Inc.” In 2018, there were about 132,875 people in Sunset Park, with 29.0% of the population identified as Asian, 2.4% identified as black, 39.1% identified as Hispanic, and 26.4% identified as white. But with real estate values skyrocketing, there's no way she'll ever be … Other areas of the neighborhood, though, could be next to see the economic shift. Despite a wave of resistance against this corporate collaboration, Industry City suggested that if Amazon settles in Sunset Park, a neglected complex will turn into attractive retails, bringing money into Sunset Park and creating jobs for the community. Two other sections — one by the Brooklyn Army Terminal and another by the neighborhood's namesake park — were labeled gentrified and eligible for the shift to continue. The median home value jumped from just over $242,000 to $744,000 in that time and median income levels went up more than $20,000. The process of gentrification poses an important question we must ask ourselves as we make choices: how can we value and expand on different forms of prosperity in neighborhoods without displacing its original residents? A third, near the water between 47th and 54th Street, is "eligible for gentrfication," the report shows. However, several groups worry that will hurt many working class people in the area. In case you haven’t visited Sunset Park before, might I suggest you do so now, while it’s still in its twilight days? Corporations, such as Industry City and Amazon, displacing racial groups in Sunset Park is one example of this privilege. March 20, 2017. gentrification in Sunset Park and isolated itself from the rest of the community. Sunset Park’s Opportunity Zones will supercharge the gentrification already taking hold in and around Industry City. April 1, 2019. In addition to the waterfront, Sunset Park’s census tract 118 includes two proposed mega-developments on 8th Avenue and is also a designated Opportunity Zone. … A sudden increase in rent creates an economic ‘shock’ to the community where residents feel unable to analyze the larger forces at play in their displacement, since it’s intended to disorient in order for others to profit. While it’s true that landlords play a role in displacement, there is a danger to seeing these individuals as the sole drivers of gentrification, because it ignores the fact that landlords may be struggling to pay their own mortgage or that there are other forces outside of their control. 'I Will Keep Fighting': Man Pens Final Love Letter Before Death. Sunset Park. Property developers and higher-income buyers see Sunset Park’s lower housing costs as investment opportunities, forcing local, smaller businesses out over time and replacing them with chains or higher-end businesses that can afford higher rent. In the part of the neighborhood that has already seen displacement, the Hispanic population went down from 2,574 to 1,822 between 2000 and 2010. “The process of gentrification poses an important question we must ask ourselves as we make choices: how can we value and expand on different forms of prosperity in neighborhoods without displacing its original residents?”. Industry City, which owns thirty-five acres on the waterfront in Sunset Park, is collaborating with Amazon to potentially develop that area, allowing their private and foreign investors to profit. On a clear day, looking out over the sloshing blue-gray swell of Gowanus Bay from Sunset Park’s waterfront, you can see the Manhattan skyline. collaborating with Amazon to potentially develop that area, “successful careers for both our tenants and for our wider community”. Now though? Gentrification is a common manifestation of racial and economic inequality. The next time I return to Sunset Park, I wonder whether my favorite Chinese restaurant or Mexican taco stand will still be there. The utilization of racial supremacy for economic benefit is racial capitalism. Sunset Park has been the land of immigrants for the past 40 years, and that isn't going to change very soon. “There is going to be a new mayor and we are looking for someone to step up and create effective housing policy change especially with the land use process,” said Martinez. As Kim Barker notes in a 2018 New York Times piece, NY state law inadvertently encourages this practice: “once a tenant leaves a rent-stabilized apartment, the owner can automatically raise the rent by up to 20 percent”. “On the Latino side...there’s a lot of community organizations that actively push back against gentrification. housing prices tripling between 20th and 24th Street, Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) of 1974. SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN — Soaring housing prices that have displaced Hispanic families from the neighborhood has already hit parts of Sunset Park, but other areas could be the next to be gentrified, a new interactive map shows. In a letter to Kimball, they argued that the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, a public process to review land-use changes, did not allow enough time to study the potential effects on displacement and gentrification. Sunset Park 23.9% $ 62,550 Morrisania/Belmont 23.5% $ 36,900 Brownsville/Ocean Hill 20.5% $ 43,100 South Crown Heights 18.1% $ 62,900 . Sunset Park is the quintessential melting pot, with immigrants accounting for almost half of its population. According to Klein, a company’s largest profits often stems from “manufacturing an image”. Pivot slightly and you’ll find eight nearly identical warehouses, erected between Second Avenue and the Gowanus Expressway. By Hanna Utkin April 28, 2016 July 26, 2017 VHaller. In 2019 alone, residents of Sunset Park witnessed the massive influence that corporations played in the gentrification of their neighborhood. As communities throughout Brooklyn take steps to grow economically, Sunset Park is no exception. The current top directors of Amazon’s board are all white. “Sunset Park is home to one of the largest populations of Chinese residents in New York City, exceeding the number of those living in Manhattan’s Chinatown.” Yu, a long-time Sunset Park resident, opened her exhibit highlighting the accelerated gentrification and community resistance in Sunset Park in September at the Open Source Gallery, in the heart of where she conducted her interviews. More than 20,000 people were displaced in Washington, D.C. alone.Here are the 10 cities where gentrification has been most intense: Patch national staffer Dan Hampton contributed to this report. Join South Brooklyn DSA as we mobilize to stop luxury real estate developers' Industry City mega-gentrification project on the Sunset Park waterfront. Rise to protect Sunset Park: The current Industry City rezoning plan would accelerate gentrification and displacement. By solely blaming landowners for increasing rent prices, we’re ignoring the role corporations and businesses play in profiting off the displacement of people in communities like Sunset Park. When it comes at the cost of increasing racial and economic divides, we must consider whether that’s the price we want to pay. Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough, discusses how corporate and political powers can use what she calls the “shock doctrine” (also the title of one of her earlier books) to benefit themselves and capitalize on the vulnerability of citizens. Close to 100 people rallied in Sunset Park Friday to protest gentrification and rezoning in the neighborhood. Corporations, such as Industry City and Amazon, displacing racial groups in Sunset Park is one example of this privilege. “Gentrification is really a convergence of low-income populations experiencing extraordinary rent increases, which leads to displacement,” said Matthew Murphy, executive director of the NYU Furman Center. Industry City and Amazon utilize these falsely manufactured hierarchies in order to push forward their plans to develop Sunset Park, thereby encouraging tension and eventually a divide between newcomers and the local Hispanic and Asian communities, creating a “you vs. me” mentality—a mentality that’s easy to adopt when under pressure. This lack of diversity is a clear reflection of their values around diversity. It insists that by Amazon settling in Sunset Park, it will generate 20,000 new jobs to the area, providing food and retail spaces, classrooms, and educational facilities, consequently manufacturing the false idea that their decisions will benefit everyone. Following the 1966 poverty area designation, the area from 36th Street to the Prospect Expressway was incorporated into Sunset Park. 82 Park StreetCanton, NY 13617(315) 229-5661. immigrants accounting for almost half of its population. The application was withdrawn March 11 at the request of Carlos Menchaca, Sunset Park’s City Councilmember, and Community Board 7. “The impact of white privilege is so insidious that its effects can wash over us without much notice. “once a tenant leaves a rent-stabilized apartment, the owner can automatically raise the rent by up to 20 percent”. His absence, Martinez said, was telling for Sunset Park residents concerned about gentrification. For many local residents, it’s easy to blame landlords who increase the prices of their properties. In the case of Industry City, it has created an image that it’s paving the way for “successful careers for both our tenants and for our wider community”. KONKOL COLUMN: A Facebook stranger's request for mom's famous sugar cookie recipe reminds why some Christmas traditions are worth skipping. Gentrification in Brooklyn – Where The Borough Is Headed Exemplified Through A Close Reading of Paul Auster's _Sunset Park_ Antoinette Martinez grew up in Sunset Park with her extended Puerto Rican family. While New York has strong rent-control policies, such as the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) of 1974, there are still loopholes. The impact of white privilege is so insidious that its effects can wash over us without much notice. Steiner Studios has partnered with Dattner Architects to complete a 500,000-square-foot productions studio at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.The new facility will arrive as Steiner Studios’ second New York City outpost and its first in the “Made in New York Campus,” which is expected to open in 2021. Klein describes it as the “politics of racial hierarchy” that manufactures “false hierarchies based on race and gender in order to enforce a brutal class system”. We could not find any nearby new homes for sale right now. The natural economic response to this becomes a rise in property values and an increase in rent in the surrounding areas. Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the unassuming enclave that gave birth to the housing cooperative movement a century ago, has officially joined the ever-growing ranks of New York City’s gentrification hot spots. The 2000s and 2010s brought new development to Sunset Park. This inability to step away from the individual owners as the main driver of displacement is often a result of a ‘shock’. Industry City has a plan to put taller buildings by the waterfront as it continues to grow. The Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, has a hugely diverse cultural presence: it’s where the owners of my favorite Chinese restaurant speak Spanish, where taquerias serve pork belly tacos, where a multitude of languages are spoken on one square block—Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, Creole, to name a few. Sunset Park leaders: Don’t let fear of virus become overriding. Highbridge/South Concourse 17.8% $ 43,150 Kingsbridge Heights/Moshulu 17.5% $ 54,750 University Heights/Fordham 14.2% $ 39,600 UPROSE BK. Two futures exist for Sunset Park: one of gentrification and luxury real estate, the other of environmental justice, job growth and opportunities for people whose families have called Sunset Park their home for generations and deserve a stake in its transformation to sustainability. As the gentrification of South Brooklyn accelerated in the 2000s, this area was rebranded as Greenwood Heights, or as South Slope. The results jive with the researchers findings that larger cities saw gentrification and displacement spread across different neighborhood clusters, unlike in smaller cities where gentrification was more concentrated. Indypendent. Like many neighborhoods in central and east Los Angeles, Echo Park has seen rapid gentrification and price increases over the past decade; today it … According to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, displacement of locals in Sunset Park is occurring due to housing prices tripling between 20th and 24th Street, and it’s spreading fast. There goes another neighborhood. In the last decade, the population of Sunset Park has exploded, while the available housing stock has remained the same, leading to rising property prices and rents. A sense of respect and sensitivity around the impact of their decisions is sorely lacking. Close to 100 people rallied in Sunset Park Friday to protest gentrification and rezoning in the neighborhood. The study used U.S. Census Bureau tract data to identify more than 1,000 gentrified neighborhoods across the country, outlining where black, Asian, Hispanic or white displacement has already happened and where it likely will soon. Will Gentrification Alter Sunset Park? We are grateful to May Maani for providing the images of Sunset Park featured in this article. For the past half-century Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has been home to a wide range of immigrant communities, including Latino, Middle Eastern and Asian. The natural economic response to this becomes a rise in … This exacerbates inequality by ensuring clean air and vibrant public parks remain a luxury for high earners. Sunset Park Is Primed For Gentrification, New Map Shows Hispanic people have been displaced from parts of Sunset Park already and a new map shows which sections might be … He is an adjunct lecturer in Urban Studies at Queens College. 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