Special Report

In Our Backyard

Crown Heights – Franklin Avenue

In collaboration with NYU’s Furman Center

Our first episode takes listeners to Crown Heights, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in central Brooklyn, where two high rise residential towers threaten to block the sunlight upon which the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s greenhouses rely. Rents are rising fast in Crown Heights, and affordable housing is increasingly hard to find, but will community members welcome more housing even if it comes at the expense of a thriving botanic garden?

Additional Reading:



Pavement Pieces · Crown Heights -Franklin Avenue



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