It's just a big hole right now, but much of the space between Franklin and the shuttle tracks on St. Marks will soon be occupied by St. Marks Gardens, an 8-story, 38 unit affordable housing development courtesy of ABS Architects (the rendering above is from their website) and the city, whose Affordable Housing NYC banner hangs on the side of the plywood facing the site.
And as a bonus, some links:
- The NYTimes has a fascinating block-by-block map of the mayoral election returns. There's much to be said about the race and class breakdowns indicated herein, particularly on the borders of areas undergoing gentrification or neighborhood change, but I'll leave those conclusions undrawn for now.
- CNN ran a fascinating article on Brooklyn youth learning the cowboy trade in Queens.
- Nostrand Park is soliciting suggestions for Uncommon Gentrification Indicators, and their quest was picked up by Brownstoner, which brought in over 100 total responses. The results are somewhat predictable, but interesting nonetheless. If anyone out there can think of a way to represent these visually, I'll post it.