Opinion: Wealthy Residents Are Opposing Brooklyn Development to Protect Their Own Interests

Residents are arguing that a Williamsburg development would negatively affect the neighborhood. But it’s a grassroots effort to protect the status quo in a neighborhood where gentrification benefited them.

January 30, 2020 - New York Post

Report: Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning Sparked Growth

An editorial cites newly released analysis of changes on the North Brooklyn Waterfront since a 2005 rezoning.

November 11, 2019 - The New York Post


Advocates Push to Study Racial Impacts of NYC Rezoning

Neighborhood rezonings that disproportionately displace minority residents could violate the Fair Housing Act, advocates say.

April 15, 2019 - Brooklyn Eagle

Domino Sugar Refinery

A New Riverfront Park in New York City

A new park on the East River in Williamsburg adds "one hell of an amenity" to Brooklyn.

June 7, 2018 - Gothamist

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The de Blasio Administration Stays Firm on Waterfront Rezonings

Despite its ambitious housing targets, the de Blasio Administration isn't willing to sacrifice more of its prime industrial spaces, and the jobs they bring, in the name of residential development.

November 15, 2016 - Crain's New York Business

Domino Sugar Refinery

Domino Sugar Redevelopment Granted Catalytic Status on Williamsburg Waterfront

Crain's New York Business surveys the development investments that have followed the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment to the Williamsburg waterfront.

June 15, 2016 - Crain's New York Business

Shot by Shot, Brooklyn Histories Revealed

To build ties to its neighbors, a young arts organization embarked on a sprawling multimedia project exploring the past and present of Williamsburg's Latino community.

February 20, 2015 - Satellite Magazine

Can a Temporary Park Change Lifestyles in Brooklyn?

A pop-up park in Williamsburg has brought bike tracks, an urban farm, an outdoor 'reading room', and other amenities to Brooklyn's historically industrial waterfront. Can the temporary oasis bring lasting change to its users?

July 22, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

How New York's Hasidim Solved the City's Affordable Housing Problem

The certainly won't win any design awards, but new multi-family residential buildings erected by Hasidic developers in Brooklyn show that it's possible to build spacious and cheap housing in New York for families small and large.

March 28, 2013 - The New York Observer

Schizo Skyline: Warring Williamsburg Mandates Leave Waterfront Out of Whack

Did the rezoning of the Williamsburg waterfront backfire? Stephen Jacob Smith reflects on the lack of transition between the neighborhood's skyscraping waterfront and its low-rise inland, a missing middle mandated by recent upzoning.

March 17, 2013 - New York Observer

Filmmaker Tells Her Side of Williamsburg's Gentrification Story

As SHoP unveils massive redevelopment plans for the Domino Factory site in Williamsburg, Su Friedrich rails against the gentrification that has already transformed the neighborhood in her film Gut Renovation, which premiered at Film Forum last week.

March 15, 2013 - Architectural Record

Yuppies are home

Is Zoning to Blame for Brooklyn's Affordability Crisis?

As waves of gentrification sweep through the poor and middle class neighborhoods of New York City's outer boroughs, Stephen Smith argues that conservative, and outdated, zoning codes are to blame for the unequal balance between supply and demand.

January 16, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Despite Agreement, NYC's Promises of Affordable Housing Go Unkept

After the city rezoned Williamsburg, affordable housing was supposed to be built on the grounds of a NYCHA project there. Seven years later, ground has not been broken.

January 8, 2013 - The Brooklyn Bureau

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s New 'Hipster Epicenter'

For many locals, Williamsburg in Brooklyn was a weird neighborhood one passed by when getting into lower Manhattan. Now it is the center of gravity of creativity in New York City. Metropolis magazine takes a walkabout in the neighborhood.

October 7, 2012 - Metropolis

America's Top Hipster Hoods

In what may prove to be the counter-argument for why it's the "best hipster neighborhood" in America, the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles has come out on top of Forbes' quasi-scientific rankings.

September 21, 2012 - Forbes

Is Manhattan the New Brooklyn?

Priced out of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods, young professionals who may have once fled Manhattan in search of affordable housing and "postindustrial charm" are making the reverse move in search of cheaper rents, reports Laura Kusisto.

July 26, 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

How Does Urban Farming Fit into the Big Picture?

Irmak Turan discusses agriculture's place in the city, as seen by a handful of Brooklyn activists. From stormwater absorption to community ties, these farms provide more than just fresh food for earthy hipsters.

April 4, 2012 - Urban Omnibus

Invasion of the Chain Stores

As chain stores move into a Brooklyn neighborhood, some locals worry about the loss of local character and small businesses.

November 13, 2010 - The New York Times

The Bust of Williamsburg

Sales in Brooklyn are down, and that's made a ghost town out of the recently booming but now busted Williamsburg neighborhood.

July 15, 2009 - New York Magazine

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