Brownsville Is Next, Opines Observer

Have any hipsters been sighted on Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville? No. But it won’t be long, according to the New York Observer. The evidence: “East Bushwick” is “again heating up,” and during the last boom, developers made it out as far as the Halsey Street L train stop. Plus, there was that DNAinfo story Friday about renters searching for more space and lower rents along the Crown Heights-Brownsville border. (That’s Pitkin Avenue above, which in the 1950s was one of Brooklyn’s biggest shopping districts, and the recently revamped Pitkin Theater, now Brownsville Ascend Charter School.) FWIW, our two cents: We live one stop away from Brownsville’s Broadway Junction, and plenty of “hipsters” or whatever you want to call them have moved here in the last year or so. So, yeah.
Closing in on Brownsville: Brooklyn Gentrification Nears the Final Frontier [Observer]

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  • Sure why not? I am sure all the local residents would love to see their rents triple. All their local food stores close and replace them with hipster bars that serve $5 dollar beers and tofu chicken. New York has become such a wonderful inexpensive city to live in thanks to our hipster Mayor!

    • i don’t think anyone in brownsville is concerned about the minute chance of a restaurant serving “tofu chicken” opening in the nabe.

    • No your right, the residents (most of whom are insulated from rent increases by the housing authority or rent stabilization) definitely wouldnt want investment and attention to their neighborhood, much better to suffer from endless violence and soul crushing poverty without anyone seeing or caring.

      • “the residents MOST of whom are insulated from rent increases by the housing authority or rent stabilization)”

        – Have you ever been to Brownsville?

        Just like Crown Heights or Bed
        Stuy – “most” of their residents will not be “buffeted” by anything.

    • yes, surely it is that black and white. no nuance is needed. listen, investment in a neighborhood like Brownsville is very good. of course there needs to be give and take so existing residents can take advantage of said investment but in its current state Brownsville is a sh*thole because of the high rates of violent crime and lack of services. i’ve spent a decent amount of time there and know some wonderful people there too. they would love to have safer streets, more retail, etc.

      • Curious, what sort of ‘give and take’ do you propose when young people move in and open a business?

        • really? there are many ways. give them a business that the neighborhood needs. give them incentive to open a business by employing people from the neighborhood. there are downsides to everything but no one will convince me that investing in the neighborhood will bring more harm than leaving it the way it is.

          • We’re in agreement. Anyone opening a business in any neighborhood, taking a financial risk, is probably trying to offer something that neighborhood needs. What they open and who they hire should be their call and the market can decide whether to support or not.

  • My illegal Mexican friend’s mother used to live near there before she decided to go back to Mexico. In Ixcamilpa now she has a 2 storey house, the only one in town, and I bet the neighbors don’t like it that she’s moved back with all her hard earned money and that of her sons and causing prices there to rise!!!!!

  • Brownsville will be fine if comments from residents by Franklin Ave. are an indication…I’ve heard them say they love that they and their children can walk around and feel safe, and there are finally places for them to hang out and grab a bite or drink, and have decent grocery options.

  • well is this is what’s going to stop the shootings, hooray for Brownsville,

  • Cypress Hills, which I guess is sort of part of Brownsville? Would be my guess. Or East Flatbush, which is not at all close.

  • I’m opening an artisanal ketchup shop on New Lots Ave.

  • Wikipedia says the Broadway Junction stop is ” at the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York, Brooklyn” (not Brownsville), which sounds about right. My bet would be that East New York would gentrify before Brownsville, especially since it has Highland Park.

  • Aside from safety issues, the housing stock in Brownsville is generally very poor. This was a lower middle class neighborhood even before it started going downhill 50 years ago.