In advance of the bike-sharing roll out, a Gotham Gazette article looks into how and where the city installs bike lanes, and cites a study by Hunter students: “The Hunter students warn that we could be developing an even more segregated system of transportation: bicycle lanes, public plazas, and a safe and healthier environment in the wealthiest parts of the city – Manhattan below 96th Street and Brooklyn’s upscale neighborhoods – where bike lanes are concentrated and heavily used, while the rest of the city gets congested roadways, declining bus service, and unsafe conditions. Some people mistakenly think that bike lanes cause gentrification; this is clearly not true since cyclists in New York are truly a diverse population, representative of the majority which is Latino, African American, and Asian. But the myth is perpetuated by many real estate developers anxious to sell their new condos. Though bike lanes don’t cause racial, ethnic and class divisions, if they are perceived as only for the affluent young newcomers in spandex , and everyone else is invisible, the bike network won’t serve the majority of the population.” The article suggests that in some cases anti-bike community board members have too much of a say and have impeded the installation of bike lanes.
Making Bikes a Part of the Neighborhood [Gotham Gazette]
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Grocery mogul John Catsimatidis’ real estate firm Red Apple Group has released renderings for 180 Myrtle Avenue, one of at least three large developments, all clustered together, it is building in Fort Greene. NY YIMBY found the renderings, designed by Dattner Architects. The renderings show a large, boxy building whose design elements are formed by intersecting rectangles of […]
A new boutique condo development has hit the market at 1329 East 17th Street in Midwood, with one-bedrooms starting at $399,000. The Graystone has “one bedrooms plus home offices,” according to the Aptsandlofts listing. There are currently five units on the market at the six-story building, which has a common roof deck. Each apartment is about 815 […]
Real estate investment firm LIVWRK Holdings is in contract to buy an industrial building in Red hook for $21,500,000, which it plans to convert into offices and “creative spaces,” The Real Deal reported. The renovated property should be ready for move-in by mid-2015, the firm estimated. Located right at the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery […]
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