Exiled By Gentrification: We All Might Just End Up Living In These Un-Gentrifyable Brooklyn Neighborhoods

According to the NYU Furman Center’s, these Brooklyn neighborhoods are NOT gentrifying: Bensonhurst, Coney Island, East New York.

By Nathalie Nayman January 20, 2016
Credit: Flickr/Bixentro

Williamsburg. Bushwick. Greenpoint. Bed Stuy. To most of us, this sequence reads like the list of war atrocities on a memorial wall – neighborhoods that we lost to gentrification. And while we all like to muse over once quaint and diverse areas which might have lost their soul and which nobody can anymore afford, it’s time to count our losses and move on. As in – physically move.

Related: How Crown Heights Became Poster Child For Brooklyn Gentrification

According to the NYU Furman Center’s State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report, the following Brooklyn neighborhoods are NOT gentrifying: Bensonhurst, Coney Island, East New York. So, unless you expect your salary to rise faster than the rents in hipster-infested areas, you might want to keep an eye on the more affordable options. Chances are, we will see you there.


A two-bedroom apartment for rent: $1500-2000 / Things to appreciate: cultural diversity, authentic Italian food / Downsides: D train

Coney Island

A two-bedroom apartment for rent: $1800-2400 / Things to appreciate: fireworks, Nathan’s hot dogs / Downsides: indigestion from excessive hot dog consumption

Credit: David Reilly

East New York

A two-bedroom apartment rent: $1600-2000 / Things to appreciate: really cheap groceries, authentic suburban feel / Downsides: potential police brutality

Nathalie Nayman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nathalie Nayman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nathalie Nayman

Nathalie is an international media trooper. After working as a journalist in Moscow, Nathalie participated in local politics and social movements in Cairo where she covered the protests and political upheaval of the Arab Spring. Nathalie is Agorafy's content manager. She produces and oversees unique and creative content for the Newsroom.

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