Brooklyn Gentrification Traced to Hungry, Picky People


The desire for fresh almond croissants and artisanal pizza is what’s driving Brooklyn gentrification, the Brooklyn Paper claims.

Citing places like Roberta’s, the Farm on Adderley, and K-Dog and Dunebuggy in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, the paper posits that foodies are the new artists, transforming landscapes littered by Chinese and West Indian takeout with amber-hued coffee shops and carefully disheveled bistros. Although the article mentions the precedent-setting example of “pioneer” Bread Stuy, which opened in Bed-Stuy in 2004, it curiously neglects any reference to earlier examples in Williamsburg, where appetite-driven gentrification arguably got its start when Oznot’s Dish opened in 1993. According to a sociologist interviewed for the story, “food is the new art in the urban cultural experience,” meaning that there’s nothing developers love more than the smell of Stumptown in the morning.

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