“Occupy Bushwick”: A hipster war is brewing in Brooklyn

CastleBraid, an upscale apartment building in Brooklyn, is causing tensions between the neighborhood’s old guard of gentrifiers and the residence’s new, privileged dwellers

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Castle Braid Co. at 114 Troutman St in Bushwick

Castle Braid Co. at 114 Troutman St in Bushwick Satellite image via Google Maps

It seems that a luxury loft building is causing friction in Bushwick: Yesterday, the New York Post published a piece about the derisive "Battle of Bushwick" that's brewing, thanks to CastleBraid, a fancy building that opened in 2009. The Troutman Avenue apartment complex's high rents ($2,200 for a one-bedroom and up to $3,400 for a three-bedroom) have led to an influx of younger residents, much to the dismay of the old guard who arrived in the last decade.


The OGs (original gentrifiers) are apparently miffed that, among other things, the Johnny-come-latelies are still being supported by their parents. “It’s an adult children playground,” four-year Bushwick inhabitant Angelina Dreem told the Post. “They’re all, like, subsidized.” (Never mind the fact that longtime Bushwick residents—as in, people who've lived there for decades—were pushed out when that original wave of residents began moving there, but we digress.)


Last month, some folks who've been in the area for a while put crime-scene tape with the word “Occupy” written on it across CastleBraid's entrance (they claim to be aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement). They're demanding that the building's managment set aside 20 percent of the units as affordable housing in exchange for a tax abatement it has already received…a request that CastleBraid is avoiding, naturally.


More alarming, to us at least, are the ridiculous amenities CasteBraid is using to lure this fresh crop of artsy dwellers: a recording studio, a digital-media lab, a wood shop, and rooftop playground complete with wooden swings and a seesaw. Yes, really.


(h/t New York Post)



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