Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Greenpoint Observed Borough’s Major Housing Development Final Decade

New design in Downtown Brooklyn, 2019. Liena Zagare/Bklyner

Sections of Downtown Brooklyn and Williamsburg-Greenpoint, the place high-rise apartment structures spurted up just after town rezonings, experienced the most housing expansion in the borough in the very last ten years. 

They trailed only Extended Island City in Queens and Manhattan’s west facet, house to Hudson Yards, in new housing models for every acre.

That is according to a new investigation revealed by the Department of City Setting up (DCP), which analyzed housing extra or lost as a result of development, demolition, and alterations throughout the city. The analysis counted 1,078,670 housing models throughout Brooklyn in 2020, an 8% enhance from ten several years before and the best price of progress citywide.

A map created by the Section of Metropolis Scheduling demonstrating modifications in the sum of housing from 2010-2020.

Most of that development arrived from two neighborhoods that had been rezoned within just the past 20 several years to allow for larger residential building: Brooklyn Group District 1, which features Williamsburg and Greenpoint, added just over 20,000 new models of housing in the past 10 years. Brooklyn Group District 2, which involves Downtown, additional just underneath 15,000. 

Citywide, New York extra a total of 206,000 housing units considering that 2010. Downtown and Williamsburg-Greenpoint, along with LIC and Hudson Yards, accounted for about a third of that advancement. The new housing was established not just by new design, but also as a result of alterations, generally through the conversion of previous places of work, hotels or industrial structures.

Table demonstrating housing building, demolition and alteration quantities throughout the town (Supply: DCP)

In decrease-density neighborhoods, housing growth was significantly slower. In fact, some census tracts in the borough basically observed a web reduction in housing in the final decade. Pockets of Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights and Gravesend shed housing models as a consequence of different demolitions and conversions. 

Somewhere else, wealthy pockets of Manhattan like SoHo, the West Village, and the Upper East Aspect saw reductions in units as house owners put together multiple smaller residences into substantial person dwellings. Manhattan lost additional models to alteration than the city’s other four boroughs put together. 

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Local community District 10, which contains Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton, had the minimum housing expansion of any place in the metropolis, with only about 230 new units made.

The new numbers arrive as the city’s 2021 election cycle is heating up, with challenges around housing affordability and advancement very likely to play a essential purpose. Quite a few mayoral candidates say they prepare to make inexpensive housing a precedence if they are elected, as have a significant crop of Town Council candidates.

Some candidates say they want to drive for additional reasonably priced housing design in rich areas of the town. In new yrs, Mayor Bill de Blasio has sought to rezone neighborhoods to increase household progress, but so far, people re-zonings have took place primarily in decreased-money communities like East New York and East Harlem.