Poll: Is Dyker Heights Gentrifying?


(Photo by Vincent Gulizio)

Three years after an article in the New York Times’ “Living in” real estate feature called Dyker a “place that people deeply care for” in a borough that, a former resident told the Times, “has grown almost too popular for its own good”, how do you feel the neighborhood has changed?

The resident they interviewed, Amie Manto, called out Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and even Bay Ridge for being “way too pricey for the non-six-figure-salary set” and being full of “cocktail lounges and artisanal boutiques.”

Dyker Heights, however, is virtually absent from the gentrification discussion impacting large swaths of northern and eastern Brooklyn. Indeed, southern Brooklyn is infrequently if ever mentioned — many mainstream media outlets and Northern Brooklyn residents often don’t even know where the area is.

The dictionary definition of gentrification is, according to Merriam-Webster, “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” People often use the word, however, to refer to any increase in white people and property values in a neighborhood.

Dyker Heights, as well as much of southern Brooklyn (with the exception of Coney Island) never really saw the dark days of property disinvestment and white flight that the rest of the borough did. Thus, the soaring property values in Williamsburg and Bushwick are seen as a resurgence, but Dyker’s sky-high asking prices have more or less always been the norm.

Still, though, as rents continue to increase in the rest of Brooklyn, out-priced residents are finally “discovering” areas like Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, and Bensonhurst as they desperately seek affordable housing.

So, what do you think? Vote below.

Is Dyker Heights Gentrifying?

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  • Drew B

    Not to be grim, but when the senior generation, the generation that now owns these homes passed down from their parents, passes, these homes will be gentrified and sold off as well. The reality is, the families want to keep the homes in the family name. It’s easy to make the promise of not selling off your multi-million dollar Dyker Heights home to an outsider, but the fact of the matter is, it’s much harder to keep the promise – especially when your parents and grandparents are not alive anymore. From personal experience, I can tell you that the millenials are actively keeping the homes for now, but give it 15-20 years.

    • Drew B

      To add to this, actually, I think that this is the growing trend for all of Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights. Money talks, and if your neighborhood is getting gentrified at a rapid rate, a cool few million can easily help you relocate to somewhere else you feel more comfortable.