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Big changes coming to East New York

The Brooklyn neighborhood will be at the center of de Blasio's affordable housing push
June 15, 2014 01:00PM

 Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing push is going to usher in big changes for some under-utilized New York City neighborhoods. But Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood is about to see some of the biggest changes of all.

The administration’s complete plan for East New York is still several months away, but a report from the Department of City Planning has shed some light on what’s to come, according to New York YIMBY.

First of all, East New York won’t be receiving any towering apartments complexes. Instead, expect mid-rise housing along Atlantic and Pitkin Avenue and “regional scale development” near Broadway Junction.

Primarily commercial Atlantic Avenue will also be seeing a swath of new residential development, after current zoning rules are altered.

Plans also call for the redevelopment of Pitkin Avenue to the south and Fulton Street to the north, both of which will receive new apartment buildings, after zoning is changed from low-density to medium-density.

Broadway Junction will also see ambitious changes in the form of “regional scale” development similar to Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal. Officials hope to attract offices, retail, movie theaters, or a college campus to the area.

However, some are criticizing plans for East New York for not going far enough. They suggest the medium-density development isn’t enough, and that high-density zoning is necessary to achieve the administration’s ambitious affordable housing goals. [NY YIMBY] Christopher Cameron

  • Many blocks of the neighborhood are parking lots. There is no context to limit towers to mid-rise buildings. If de Blasio isn’t willing to build high rise towers here, the city has no hope of ever building enough housing to meet demand.

    • Anonymous

      You are neglecting to take into account the significant increase in construction costs when you go from a block and plank construction (usually up to 8 stories sometime can get to 12 given the lot configuration) to a steel or concrete construction. The rents achievable in these 2 areas can’t support the significantly more expensive construction types.

  • ENYBrooklyn

    This will be the end of the line for Brooklyn gentrification east, so I guess all that will be left is the remaining historic parts of Flatbush, areas south of Ditmas park gets too B&T suburban for people looking for historic homes.