East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City
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East Williamsburg is a neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. It is bounded by the neighborhoods of Williamsburg to the west, Greenpoint to the north, Bushwick to the south and southeast, and both Maspeth and Ridgewood in Queens to the east. There is a major disagreement as to whether the community is a stand-alone community or if it is a part of Bushwick, Williamsburg, or both.
Lofts and housing projects
Factories and warehouses were being decommissioned due to heavy and light industry leaving the area, and were converted into loft and apartment space, similar to the residential development of the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn. An example of this can be seen in the adjacent picture which shows the two loft buildings on McKibbin St. 255 McKibbin and 248 McKibbin. A major factor for developers and potential residents was the BMT Canarsie Line (L) of the New York City Subway, with the Grand Street, Montrose Avenue and Morgan Avenue stations, which provided a quick, 15-minute travel time to Manhattan. (The neighborhood is also served by Lorimer Street and Flushing Avenue on the BMT Jamaica Line (J M).) The location and low rents were enough to attract artists, young professionals and hipsters in due time, which in turn is slowly encouraging gentrification that continues today. Those long-time minority residents who live outside of rent-regulated apartments or public housing are feeling its effects in the form of higher rents.
Graham Ave (also known as Avenue of Puerto Rico to the South and Via Vespucci to the North) and Grand Street are the main shopping districts. There are several public housing projects in East Williamsburg, including the Williamsburg Houses, Borinquen Plaza, and the Bushwick/John Francis Hylan Houses.
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