23 May 2007

Feet in Two Worlds: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

This immigration bill being debated in Congress will have huge consequences for millions of New Yorkers. For residents of Greenpoint , Brooklyn, the proposed revisions are only one of several changes they’re dealing with. For years Greenpoint, was like a Polish village of ethnic stores, banks and churches.

Today, however, it’s one of New York’s trendiest and fastest growing neighbourhoods. The boom picked up in May 2005, when the City Council approved the rezoning of the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront. With newcomers pouring in and rents soaring, old-time Polish residents are being forced out.

Eva Kern-Jedrychowska reports.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The misery and the harassment of old immigrant tenants in big cities are always overlooked. It's refreshing to know some media outlets are interested in their problems. But what's next??