Bed Stuy in the News This Week

This controversial New York Magazine article has made the rounds this week. In it, a Hasidic landlord describes a racist housing policy (which he of course insists isn’t racist) where he pays black tenants to leave a building and then brings in white tenants to replace them at a higher rent. This is everything that’s wrong with gentrification, and sadly the market supports it. We’d have more constructive conversations about gentrification if we talked about issues like this rather than the benefits of a coffee shop or cocktail bar.

The New York Times ran an article about the emotions surrounding the conviction of Damon Hardly. Last month he was found guilty for six murders and running a drug gang out of Lafayette Gardens in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

An eight-story, 119-unit apartment designed by the architect Karl Fischer is coming to 1134 Fulton Street. The building, which will have ground-floor retail, will replace the Popeyes Chicken on the corner of Franklin Street. Read more at New York YIMBY.

A new, 53-unit affordable housing development is opening at 437 Herkimer Street this summer. DNAinfo reports that prices on the two-bedroom rentals start at $573 a month.

Bed Stuy is profiled in a collection of essays called “City by City: Dispatches From the American Metropolis.” You can’t read the essay here, but you can read a review of the collection.

WNYC interviews Gregory Pardlo, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, about living in Bed Stuy. There’s a great photo of him posing in front of a construction fence in the neighborhood.

A 24-year-old woman was shot on the corner of Throop and Quincy while two men tried to rob a bodega. She was on her way to pick her daughter up from daycare. Details at Gothamist.

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