Today New York Magazine released a pretty impressive cover story titled “One Block.” It’s a look at many of the residents living on MacDonough between Patchen and Malcolm X — as the article calls it, “a brownstone block in Bed-Stuy close to the Utica stop on the A/C line that’s seen home prices nearly double in just the past five years. Those prices have brought richer and whiter residents to a block that many black families have called home for generations.”
There are great visuals of brownstone residents in front of their homes, and when you click on the image you can read their stories. As you might expect, there are many recollections of change, higher prices, memories of neighbors and block parties, the changing demographics of the neighborhood, and fear of developers coming in. That’s paired with census statistics, timelines of homeownership, historical details, and old photographs. You could probably spend the whole afternoon with this article, as it’s incredibly interactive and well done. It offers quite the snapshot of a neighborhood that’s really shaped by the longtime home owners who have loved and lived in these brownstones for years.