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07.29.2009
On the Spot
With the city's real estate market in the lurch, AN takes a close look at four neighborhoods -- Williamsburg, Midtown West, Downtown Brooklyn, and Jersey City -- to see just how the building boom impacted the metro area, what the fallout will be, and what lies ahead.
Foreclosed properties are marked with pink triangles on the Panorama of the City of New York for the Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center, on view at the Queens Museum of Art through September 27.
Courtesy Queens Museum of Art

For the past four years, AN has dedicated this summer issue to a grid of escalating private development projects rising  throughout most of New York's boroughs. The idea was to provide a snapshot of the city in transformation and a sense of the evolving skyline. Change can't always be about growth, and this year seemed right for a more fine-grained approach. This Developer's Issue takes a close look at four neighborhoods, all in transition, and all grappling with the consequences of ambitious plans amid harsh economic realities. The news isn't by any means all grim: A slower pace in some cases has translated into more innovative thinking; overly aggrandized projects have been dialed back to more appropriate scales; and collaborative partnerships—whether in financing or planning—have replaced blood-sport competition. We hope you'll agree: Development has never been so interesting.

Williamsburg

Midtown West

Downtown Brooklyn

Jersey City

Produced by Alan G. Brake, Jeff Byles, Jennifer Krichels, and Aaron Seward
Maps by Dustin Koda
Location photography by Victoria Monjo