Rezoning, gentrification, and a lack of affordable housing are rapidly spreading farther east as North Williamsburg and its population continue to grow.
In Bushwick, landlord abuses range from pressuring tenants to accept payment to break their lease to delaying completing repairs, sometimes leaving walls openly broken for weeks in order to push tenants out.
The Hernandez’s story represents a sliver of the millions of residents that make up the largely diverse Queens community. They immigrated illegally to Astoria from Mexico in the early ‘90s. Like many others that came before them, finding housing was a challenge.
In recent years, Bushwick has become an art mecca due to its proximity to public transportation and affordable studios. Now, housing in the neighborhood is much more valuable.
The latest potential addition to this new Williamsburg is a South Side project on a grand scale usually reserved for North Side developments.