+ 10 teenage researchers
+ 5 vital housing stats
+ 27 condo popsicles

+ 4 styrofoam trays carved in the shape of Bushwick
+ 2 cameras

+ 1 survey
+ 1 condo cart  =

Condo 06

In collaboration with the Youth Power program of Make the Road NY, we’re rolling the condo cart onto the streets to offer residents a refreshing summer research treat.  Forget the Italian ices and spicy mango on a stick, we’re serving up free condo pops with a complimentary side of housing survey!

Yesterday, we set up shop on Myrtle and Grove Streets asking Bushwick residents  how the housing crisis is affecting them.  We surveyed folks about their housing needs, pressures and aspirations and if they would want to live in the neighborhood’s empty condos if they were converted into affordable housing.  Many people said yes, and would like to leave their current inadequate or over-priced apartments for city-subsidized, quality housing.  They shared stories of their rents tripling and even quadrupling over the past  two years, and how although they welcome newcomers to add to the diversity of the neighborhood, they are concerned that gentrification is raising their rents and making the neighborhood unaffordable to long-term residents.  Stay tuned as we continue to roll out the condo cart and produce a commercial to convert condos into affordable housing.

A little project background (and read more about the project here!)
Cropping up on real estate landscape of Bushwick are new luxury condominiums. The towers in the sky come with towering price tags – ranging in the $250,000 – $500,000 price point – which is out of reach for the majority of Bushwick residents. Bushwick is one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City and faces particularly dire challenges to affordable and livable housing conditions. According to a 2008 study by the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy of New York University, Bushwick continues to have the highest number of serious housing code violations (per 1,000 rental units) out of all the neighborhoods in the city of New York, year after year? In 2007, there were 193.2 serious housing code violations per 1,000 rental units within the Bushwick neighborhood.