gentrification

Insanely realistic models of defunct NYC storefronts.

Insanely realistic models of defunct NYC storefronts.

Artist Randy Hage has been “documenting and replicating NYC storefronts that are disappearing due to gentrification and urban renewal” by creating insanely detailed, realistic and lifelike miniature models of these storefronts, including this (now defunct) donut shop in my old neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn. I used to visit it for the occasional healthy breakfast…

The Gentrification of Brooklyn

The Gentrification of Brooklyn

Taking cues from familiar movie poster themes, I love these promotional posters created by street artist Gabriel Reese aka Specter on behalf of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) for an upcoming exhibit on the gentrification of Brooklyn. This exhibition, guest curated by Dexter Wimberly, will examine how urban planning, eminent domain, and…

Last brownstone standing

Last brownstone standing

When I saw this remarkable LIFE photo of a defiant brownstone apartment building, I stopped cold in my scrolling mouse tracks. The photo, which reminded me of this year’s hit Pixar film UP, should be displayed next to the word “gentrification.” Its caption read “Construction in NYC: land being cleared for 20 story building in…