Welcome back to New York news with you host Greg Hamilton. In this episode we will be talking about gentrification in Manhattan but first some information about the borough of Manhattan. Manhattan is the most densely populated borough in all of New York. It is made up of Manhattan island attached by the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers. It is among the world's major commercial and cultural centres in the heart of New York. Let's look at some of the maps of Manhattan
It is no secret Manhattan has endured massive changes over the years. If you were to take a look at West Harlem around 10 to 15 years ago you would be shocked by the changes made. The population of Harlem has been separated into two groups established and new residents. The established residents are those who have been situated in Harem for a long time most of these people have a western African heritage and are now afraid to lose due to gentrification.
The Borough of Manhattan certainly has examples of gentrification over time. Let's take a look at the Suburb of West Harlem which is currently facing the issue of gentrification.Lets go and talk to some of the residents about the change over time.
The new residents are part of the group who are putting the established residents at stake. The New residents are mostly students and high income residents. The New residents can be seen as pushing the established residents out. For example once you get off the train at 125th St station you can see a lot of shops and businesses closing down and new ones opening up.The reason for this is the increasing price of rent in Harlem.These stores are almost always owned by individual retailers.
The social environment after gentrification in West Harlem has changed dramatically. With the rise of prices in rent and housing, the established residents are being displaced or “pushed out” by wealthier newcomers. It has also meant that Harlem has become a safer neighbourhood and the living conditions are improved.