Realtors have already made East Williamsburg — which, according to Craigslist, could stretch anywhere from the Graham L stop to the farthest corners of Bed-Stuy — into such a little monster the whole ‘hood’s about ready to break off from its Bedford Ave brothers and rule Brooklyn from its DuckDuck throne. But if you thought at least some of Bushwick was safe from this real estate madness, think again: developers say they think Brooklyn’s new hot nabe will be happening off the Halsey L stop, and they’re selling off major pockets of land to turn into fancy new homes and apartments for a new wave of gentrifiers.
The Morgan and Jefferson Ave L stops are already pretty Brooklyn and Hana Natural-ed out, so residential developers are ready to move the hip factor elsewhere. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this is moving further south,” Michael Amirkhanian, the sales director at a development company currently scoping out Halsey, told the Commercial Observer. There’s already a development site at 386 Weirfield Street on sale for $8.5 million, plus a huge new-ish development at 550 Irving Ave (complete with a swimming pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi, clearly all the amenities Bushwick’s known for) has somehow been successful, so we can probably expect to see more of these projects popping up farther and farther down the L in the future.
And, of course, once East Bushwick gets its very own incarnation of Roberta’s, or, at the very least, a Northeast Kingdom, all those New School and NYU juniors who heard it was cool to live off the L will start flocking, the Times will start calling Halsey the new Bedford/Morgan/Broadway Junction/whatever. In short, what we’re trying to tell you is that “North Bushwick” is already over, and it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing an influx of upscale Salvation Armys, Bugaboo strollers and shopping malls, so you might as well just give up and move to Manhattan.
[h/t Commercial Observer]