Real Estate Matters: Is Citi Bike Putting Pedal-to-the-Metal in a race to Gentrify North Bed-Stuy? 80 Bike Stations Coming Soon to a Location Near You

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citi-bike-WebBy Bernice Elizabeth Green

Citi Bike’s new map is showing expansion of its wheel print by installing 80 bike-sharing stations in areas you thought you’d never see them – at least for now.   That includes thousands of bikes and hundreds of docks into North Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, available to credit card holders.
And some folks are wondering if this announcement portends the future of the last stronghold for the African-American presence in Central Brooklyn.
“Will it go the way of Clinton Hill and other neighborhoods?” said property owner A. MacKenzie, who first observed the “neighborhood changing” about 10 years ago, prior to Citi Bike, when she observed bikers zooming east down DeKalb Avenue, past the Eleanor Roosevelt Houses.
“They zoomed back and forth, mostly late at night, or after work hours. I remember thinking, ‘There goes the neighborhood’, meaning new people would be moving in soon – people that don’t know about struggle, strife or how the mortgage would be paid.”
By the time Citi Bike came to New York streets in 2013, MacKenzie notes that bike riders “of all nationalities on all kinds of bikes” were hiking east down DeKalb Avenue past the Eleanor Roosevelt projects to Bushwick.
There’s no question in MacKenzie’s mind about where the neighborhood’s heading, but recent efforts by unscrupulous realtors  to “goad” her into selling her property raised another question.
Is it a coincidence that Citi Bike stations will be on blocks in North Bed-Stuy where luxury housing is planned for development, in development or already developed – like at Tompkins and Halsey? Does the positioning of these stations near NYCHA houses mean that displacement of her neighbors is part of the “unseen” plan?   Or is all of this a response to Clinton Hill and Fort Greene NIMBYers  publicizing complaints about Citi Bike stations ruining the appearance of their landmarked and prettier districts?
“It’s all of the above,” she told us.
But like the residents of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene,  residents in North Bed-Stuy were not adequately informed about the new stations.  So here’s a partial list of the sites of the new installations and a map that details where these planned stations will be located.  Our Time Press invites you to post your thoughts on our website at www.ourtimepress.com.
Partial List of Locations for Planned CitiBike stations:

Albany & Fulton

Fulton & Utica

Gates & Marcy`

Greene & Nostrand

Greene & Throop

Halsey & Tompkins

Kingston & Herkimer

Kosciuszko & Nostrand

Kosciuszko & Tompkins

Lewis & Decatur

Lewis & Kosciuszko

Lewis & Madison

Lorimer & Broadway

Marcus Garvey & Macon

Marcy & Fulton

Marcy & Lafayette

Myrtle & Lewis

Myrtle & Marcy

Nostrand & Myrtle

Park & Marcus Garvey

Pulaski & Marcus Garvey Blvd

Putnam & Nostrand

Putnam & Throop

Throop & Myrtle

Tompkins & Hopkins

Willoughby & Tompkins

 

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