alphabet city turns into greenwich village - yeah they doing gentrification there, or at least trying to, you right on that ---- but its a notorious latin king hood so i doubt its easy bekuz them kats organize and honestly i cant see any one cleaning up hells kitchen
And as the area’s popularity increased, so did its land value, forcing long-time residents to move.
While the plight of the poor artists in the area is most often reported, the once thriving Puerto Rican community is also in the midst of a battle in which its identity is at stake. Facing the same displacement pressure as the artists, the community is fighting what seems to be a losing battle against real estate developers.
hino Garcia, an ex-gang member who helped start a community arts and empowerment organization 30 years ago, is fighting the city to keep the building that houses his center.
Carmen Villanueva, a long-time Puerto Rican resident of the neighborhood, feels pressure from her landlord to move out of her rent-stabilized apartment. Apartments that just a few years ago rented for a $500 a month now go for $5,000.
New cafes, like Leshko’s and B3, charge $2 for a cup of coffee on the same street where bodegas charge 50 cents. Tompkins Square Park, once open 24 hours a day and home to all-night music jams, now closes at dark to keep out the area’s homeless.
Fred Sieden, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years on the first floor of building, no longer boards up his windows to keep out intruders. Villanueva no longer fears being pulled into the darkness of the abandoned buildings.
Notice this is where greenwich and alphabet meet - they cant do anything with the east side jects by the highway or that whole are because its all city housing