Bed Stuy. Photo by Mary Hautman

Gentrification is one of the most talked-about issues in Brooklyn today, and now WNYC and The Nation have launched a new podcast all about it. There Goes the Neighborhood explores the “destabilizing phenomenon” of gentrification in Brooklyn through the experiences of current residents, business owners and developers.

The first of the series’ eight installments went out today.


North 6th Street in Williamsburg. Photo by Mary Hautman

Gentrification. It’s one of those words that gets thrown around in the media and casual conversation. It’s a diagnosis slapped onto the opening of a funky coffee shop or the closing of a well-loved store. It can mean whole communities displaced, significant racial change, and increased homelessness.

But what exactly is gentrification? And is it always a bad thing?


A scene from the block party, circa late 1970s. Photo via New York Magazine

Through a combination of census data, sweet potato pie recipes and interviews with 62 block residents, both current and former, New York Magazine reporters attempted to gauge the essence of one block of Bed Stuy’s MacDonough Street, from Patchen Avenue to Malcolm X Boulevard.