A new report from consulting firm Webster Pacific breaks down the growth and concentration of households with an annual income of $200,000 or more in the U.S.’s 8,700 federal opportunity zones, and Brooklyn tops the list in growth.
Brooklyn’s “opportunity zones” are part of a federal designation for low-income communities to attract investment through tax breaks for real estate developers. The program was created in 2017 with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
All totaled, New York accounts for 15 of the top 50 opportunity zones identified in the report. Here’s how the results were calculated:
To answer this, we calculated the growth in the percentage of households earning $200,000 or more in each of the 8,700 Opportunity Zones. (The growth is measured between 2000 and 2017 and is adjusted for inflation. We excluded any tracts that were recently created, tracts whose boundaries were significantly altered, or tracts with fewer than 100 households.
At 22 percent growth, Gowanus experienced the largest gain during 2000 – 2017 of households with an annual income of $200,000 or more out of all 8,700 federal opportunity zones. Williamsburg ranks fourth on the list.
The report’s major findings include that some opportunity zones, such a New York City’s, have already spurred major economic growth prior to the new designation:
320 artist studios and arts venues will be open to the public on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, from noon to 6pm. Get a sneak preview on the Directory of Artists. Additional special events take place during the weekend.
Our sister hood, Gowanus is jumping on the TEDx wagon this month, hosting the first ever TEDx Gowanus next week. With gentrification, toxic waters, and an industrial past, we have a lot in common with our sludgy Southern friends, so what can we take away from this day of presentations, lectures, and performances?
The theme is “Inspiring Communities,” so of course, that’s something we can get behind. Here are some highlights to check out: Continue reading →
My favorite thing to do is to go watch a movie that I never heard of so I have zero expectations and hopefully will be blow away. I’ve heard of Silent Drape Runners before, but until Jon and I just finished the entire Twin Peaks series (on Netflix) I didn’t know what it was referring to.
It’s supposed to be an amazing show tonight at The Bell House in Gowanus, so let’s leave it at that. I specifically am not reading the stellar reviews. I want it all to be a big surprise, like how Twin Peaks ended. If you haven’t spent two weeks of your life watching the entire series of Twin Peaks, do that – I promise that it will be time worth spent. I will let you know how it goes tonight.
Had I know sooner I would have shared The Skint’s Vegan Cook-Off “Hors d’Oeuvres” Edition with you, even though it is all the way in Gowanus. Unfortunately it is SOLD OUT. I guess there are a lot of vegan enthusiasts out there.
I was asked at the last minute to compete and the first thing I thought of were Jon’s Baja Style Oyster Mushroom Tacos. It’s going to be a crazy day, frying the you know what out of enough beer battered oyster mushrooms to feed 250 guests, then coming back to Greenpoint for our Sunday Supper #6, but of course we will do it in the name of eating!
Calling the low, the weak, and the ungodly! Gather near, ye faithless, ye mentally infirm and spiritually bereft!
This is the end of days and that rumble in the distance is the wagons of The Little Top Circus & Medicine Show, rolling into town to save your sad sinner’s soul. Led by the evangelically infamous Good Reverend Doctor Professor Elucius Clay, this sideshow of cautionary tales will horrify (watch as Stitch the Geek mutilates his own flesh!), titillify (surrender to the undulant charms of the reigning Miss Coney Island, Cherry Delight, and the bosomosity of Miss Direction), and flummox (recoil at Bobby Phobia’s feats of physiology), all to the blood-stirring musicianing of Texas Red (“The Gypsy Fiddler”) and Ratty Mousebites & Miz E of The Hot Sardines.
The Little Top Circus & Medicine Show Saturday, 2/23 10pm doors Union Hall 702 Union Street @ 5th Avenue, Brooklyn (directions)
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WEDNESDAY 12/19 ♦No Wave Performance Task Force Presents “Women’s Group” @ Vaudeville Park (26 Bushwick Ave) 7:30pm, Conceptual open house, all welcome to perform or provide audience/response, purpose is to brainstorm, share work and party before Christmas! More Info •Poker Philanthropy @ T.B.D (224 Franklin St) 7:45pm, Support Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded veterans. RSVP to pokerphilanthropy (AT) gmail.com •Mexi-Christmas Movie @ La Gringa Taqueria (800 Grand St) 8pm, FREE screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” underneath an army tent out with wood-burning stove, large-format movie screen, free Mexican hot chocolate and cookies, RSVP: 718-640-0500
THURSDAY 12/20 •Krampus Party @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 6-10pm, More Info *Nouveaux Cinemas Film Festival @ Berry Park (4 Berry St) 6:30-8:30pm, FREE, Screening of short films and a live concert by VideoVideo, More Info *Drink for a cause @ Exley (1 Jackson St) 7-9pm, $5, Brooklyn Kickball & The Automotive Highschool bring you a night of Free Beer and Holiday Cheer benefiting the Williamsburg Automotive HS, RSVP *The No Office Holiday Party @ Littlefield (622 Degraw St, Gowanus) 8pm, $6, Wyatt Cenac Stand-up set, inappropriate photo opps in Hot Santa photobooth, dancing, spiked punch, More Info
FRIDAY 12/21 – APOCALYPSE!!! • Holiday Market + Bender @ Gowanus Print Lab (54 Second Ave) 6-11pm, Local artisans present their wares and works plus custom gift wrap, booze, music, screen printing, More Info ♫ Apocalypse Party @ 285 Kent Ave, 8pm, $8, Music by Prince Rama / Dickpic /Ami Dand, All Ages, RSVP ♫ Karaoke to the End! @ Connie O’s (158 Norman Ave) 10pm, apocalyptic holiday buddy-hang at Greenpoint’s best drive bar! RSVP ♫ End of The World Party @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 11:30pm, $10, Music by Peter Hadar & Funkbot, DJ’s, cheap drinks, Buy Tix ♫ Apocalypse Party @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 11:55pm, $15, French electro-jazz electronic experimentalist, Joakim curates a soundtrack to end all and NYC disco king, Jacques Renault takes the stage, RSVP
SATURDAY 12/22 • The Little Top Circus & Medicine Show @ Union Hall (702 Union St, Park Slope) 8:30pm-midnight, Sermons, snake oil, magic, feats of strength, burlesque, geekery and jazz so hot you’ll swear you smell brimstone. RSVP
SUNDAY 12/23 •A Christmas Story @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) noon, $11, instead of watching it on TV, see it on the big screen! More Info ♦Holiday Party + 1- Year Anniversary @ Storefront Bushwick (16 Wilson Ave) 4-6pm, curated by David Harper. RSVP ♥ Xmaslites in Dyker Heights and Dim Sum @ City Hall (131 Duane St, NYC) 12:30pm, Five Borough Bicycle Club (5BBC) combines two Christmas traditions—colorful lights and Chinese food—on this 20 mil. group ride. More Info
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event
We all love our friend’s holiday potluck but, if you are looking for a REAL holiday party this season, it is The Skint’s Winterland Romp, December 15th at Littlefield(622 Degraw St. Gowanus)!
Call it Christmas in a New Orleans cathouse, circa 1932. Because you’ve been very, very good this year, we’re stuffing your stockings to bursting at the Winterland Romp at Littlefield on December 15th at 8pm! Dance to sweaty old jazz from cult favorites The Hot Sardines. Coo at the sugarplums of burlesque performers The Ivory Fox and Miss Coney Island 2011, Lefty Lucy. Get lulled into a state of sublime bliss from the angelic holiday serenades of Maya Solovey. Be on the lookout for a surprise visit from the elusive Chanukah Elf! Work on your last truly epic hangover of 2012 with our $5 “Rosy Cheeks” holiday punch drink special. Pop by the FREE Winterland photo booth (courtesy of Bibi Booth) to capture your twinkling eyes, merry dimples, rosy cheeks and cherry nose that would make Saint Nick proud.
Limited-edition event posters will be available for sale, a portion of which will benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
I rarely travel outside the Great Walls of Greenpoint, but I will make the exception and travel to the other superfund (Gowanus) for this 80s party on Friday night! Presented by two of the best Brooklyn blogs, The Skint & Brooklyn Based, it is sure to be a night of music that takes you back, “The Cure, The Go-Gos, MJ, Sheila E., Prince and Run-D.M.C.,” a live 80s band, cheap $6 cocktails, “The Bananarama, and The Miami Vice, plus the trashiest snack ever, Doritos and nacho cheese.” Get tickets in advance and use the code 1980 for half off!
Cruel Summer 80s Dance Party Friday August 10th, 2012 8pm-2am The Bell House 149 7th St., Gowanus