Since Greenpoint started to attract displaced Manhattanites in the early 1990s, the cost of renting in the neighborhood and nearby Williamsburg has shot up a staggering 78.7 percent. According to a 2015 study published by NYU’s Furman Center, Greenpoint/Williamsburg is the most rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in New York City. What many newcomers don’t realize is that despite its name, Greenpoint has historically been anything but green. In 1978, the Greenpoint Oil Spill became one of the largest in the country’s history, and today the Newtown Creek is one of three Federal Superfund Program sites in New York City, chosen because it is “one of the nation’s most polluted waterways.” So how did Greenpoint go from sewage to gentrification?
CITYREALTY.COM GOES THROUGH THE FULL EVOLUTION OF GREENPOINT…
- Brush up on architectural history through Time magazine covers from 1923 to now. [Curbed]
- Most New Yorkers leave their houses at 8am, according to this interactive map of when Americans leave for work. [FlowingData]
- If this isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is. Take a Valentine’s Day tour of the Newtown Creek sewage plant’s digester eggs. [Gothamist]
- Sean Lennon’s not the only one pissing his neighbors off. Here’s a list of the 29 worst celebrity neighbors. [Vulture]
- Fuhgeddaboudit: Linguists say the New York accent is on its way out. [NPR]
- Plus, check out 6sqft’s feature on Thrillist: 15 Amazing NYC Apartments That Used to Be Something Else.
Images: Magazine covers via Time (L); Robert De Niro (R)
- SantaCon’s drunken debauchery is abandoning its traditional East Village route and heading to Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily]
- All those backpack wearers and “man spreaders” are going to get a public shaming when the MTA rolls out its subway etiquette awareness campaign in January. [am NY]
- Explore the “poison cauldron” of Newtown Creek in photos. [Gothamist]
- After 15 years in the West Village, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is losing its space. [Vanishing NY]
- Well, this is convenient. An aerospace engineer developed a carry-on suitcase that charges your smart phone, tracks the luggage’s location, and has a built-in digital scale. [Phys.org]
Images: SantaCon via drpavloff via photopin cc (L); Bad subway etiquette via cisc1970 via photopin cc (R)