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NYC Gentrification

The future of the bodega is clear

New design guidelines for New York’s iconic corner stores may erase an aesthetically important part of the urban landscape.

St. Mark’s Comics will shutter after 36 years

The shop’s owner says untenable working hours, rising rents, and changing consumer habits led to the closure.

Lower East Side activists continue the fight for Rivington House

The former nursing home will go residential after a controversial sale

Target’s East Village outpost debuts with CBGB-themed storefront

Yes, really.

Surveying decades of change on the Lower East Side’s bustling Orchard Street

New developments are poised to bring big changes to this ever-evolving street

East Village dive Continental Bar will close, become a ‘boutique’ office building

Say goodbye to another vestige of the old East Village: The bar, known for its cheap shot specials, will close next summer.

The death and life of mom-and-pops

Outlining a few solutions to staunch the impending death of local retail.

State releases report analyzing the gentrification, economy of Bed-Stuy

In a new report, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli takes a look at how newer residents and long-term residents fare in the wake of recent changes.

Where do artists live in New York City?

Even though the cost of space in New York is soaring, more artists live in NYC now than ever before.

'Vanishing New York' blogger Jeremiah Moss reveals his identity

After a decade of feverish blogging under a pseudonym, the author steps forward.

The rise and fall of Bleecker Street as high-end retail destination

How a cupcake shop led to a boom in luxury retail, but couldn’t sustain it for the long run.

Jersey City is booming, but gentrification fears loom large

Amid an influx of apartments and new businesses, longtime residents worry about change.

As NYC’s gentrifying neighborhoods boom, some business owners are left behind

Business growth has skyrocketed in New York’s gentrifying neighborhoods since 2000, but it hasn’t benefited everyone.

Do developer-owned coffee houses accelerate NYC gentrification?

It’s important to take a close look at how these coffee house brokers operate before painting them as villains in the gentrification saga.

Crown Heights residents of color won’t benefit from Bedford-Union Armory project: study

A report argues that white families will likely claim all of the controversial project’s affordable apartments.

The next wave of Lower East Side gentrification is here

"It is a reminder of the past, but also the beginning of a new future."

Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment hearing postponed amid mounting opposition

Detractors continue to argue for more affordable housing at the site. Meanwhile, officials are looking in to the benefits developers BFC Partners and CAMBA will glean from the project.

 Central Brooklyn residents divided over Cuomo's $1.4B revitalization plan

Will the proposed plan benefit locals or prompt further gentrification?

Will surge in South Bronx development erase the affordable waterfront?

Part of a decades-long trend, this recent example of riverfront real estate growth leaves local residents worried about a tide of new arrivals.

Over 70 percent of Bronx residents are at risk of displacement: study

According to a new study from the Regional Plan Association, households in 71 percent of the Bronx’s census tracts are at risk of impending displacement.

Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment gets a boost from nonprofit partner

Tensions remain high over the controversial project, but its developer hopes that a local nonprofit can help improve community relations.

How gentrified are New York’s Next Hot Neighborhoods?

Exploring the numbers behind Astoria, Bed-Stuy, Sunset Park, and more.

Bed-Stuy church hits the market for $6 million due to ‘gentrification’

New hotels, stores, and construction have made it difficult for current and prospective members to attend

Three Lives Bookstore gets a new lease on life

The beloved bookstore, which was facing an uncertain fate as recently as a month ago, will remain in its longtime West Village home for the foreseeable future.

Minorities experience ‘vast inequality’ in NYC housing market: study

When it comes to quality of life and availability of housing, minorities are struggling

East Harlem rezoning could add 3,500 apartments to neighborhood

The rezoning concerns a 95-block stretch that is generally bounded by East 104th Street on the south, East 132nd Street to the north, Second Avenue to the east, and Park Avenue to the West.

Pearl River Mart poised to return as much smaller Tribeca outpost

The beloved home-goods emporium closed its 30,000-square-foot Soho shop this spring, but it’s coming back—albeit in a smaller form.

Chinatown rezoning talks met with both outrage and applause

While some neighborhood activists were happy to see the city finally moving forward with the 8-year long discussion to rezone Chinatown, others feel that the city is actually working to tear the community apart.

Three Lives Bookstore building sells to luxury condo developer

The fate of beloved West Village bookstore Three Lives has been up in the air since June, and now that's even more in flux as the West 10th Street building just sold to a luxury condo developer.

Once-gritty Avenue A is undergoing a major transformation

In recent years, Avenue A itself has becoming a surprisingly robust example of the hyper-gentrification of the East Village, with both luxury condos and chain stores now dotting the once-gritty thoroughfare. Here's what it looks like today.

Open thread: What old-school NYC things do you hope never go away?

It seems like every week brings the news that another business or institution that's emblematic of Old New York is closing. But sometimes it’s good to celebrate the quintessentially New York-y things that are still here.

190 Bowery has been scrubbed of nearly all its famous graffiti

clean-up is nearly complete at the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery, with much of the graffiti that once covered the landmark building scrubbed from its granite facade. Who knew the building was that white?

Adjacent Gramercy townhouses with megamansion aspirations sell

Two townhouses that have been owned by The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the past 60-some years hit the market in June. Just over two months later, the properties have sold to a new owner with big plans.

East Village’s forthcoming Target outpost will open in 2018

Brace yourselves: the new "flexible-format" Target that’s planned for East 14th Street will open its doors by 2018. In addition to the usual stuff Target carries, this store will offer items that are customized for a New York audience.

Red Hook’s Norman Foster-designed tech complex gets new render, name

It’s really happening: a 600,000-plus-square-foot tech complex designed by starchitect Norman Foster will rise on the Red Hook site of the Revere Sugar Refinery. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

Surveying Bedford Avenue, now approaching peak post-gentrification

If you want to see the effects of gentrification in New York City, look no further than Williamsburg, particularly the mile-long stretch of Bedford Avenue between McCarren Park and the Williamsburg Bridge. A recent trip

East Village's incoming Target is latest sign of neighborhood's übergentrification

Here’s the latest in the ongoing gentrification saga of the East Village: big box retailer Target has inked a 30-year lease for a space on 14th St. between aves A and B. The store will be in the base of Extell’s new 160-unit residential development.

Trace the Bowery’s history in a series of posters along the thoroughfare

A new installation brings the history of the Bowery to life in the places that it happened. Called Windows on the Bowery, the installation celebrates the unique history of the neighborhood.

See Streit’s Matzo's Lower East Side factory being dismantled

Demolition has begun at the site of Streit’s Matzo Factory, which will soon give way to a glassy new condo building. A video gives a peek into the building’s interior demolition.