Posted March 14, 2014 by Tabby T in Lifestyle

7 Beautiful Things About New York That Are Threatened By Gentrification [Video][Photo]

Gentrification is the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses. This is normally intended to make positive changes to communities and neighborhoods more so for the benefits of that particular area but many New York residents feel as though this is a threat to traditional culture.

Among those believers are Spike Lee. In the video below, Spike attacks newcomers for destroying local street music scenes, suggesting that a rise in noise complaints is threatening outdoor drumming circles. According to an article in the New York Times, police have received 17 noise complaints from neighbors of Spike Lee’s father, a jazz bassist who has lived in Fort Greene since 1963.[youtube]http://youtu.be/UKDtVF8aog8[/youtube]

1. The Drumming Circles at Marcus Garvey Park!

Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem is home to the famous Marcus Garvey Drummers, whose various members have played in the park since 1969. Recently, the residents of 2002 Park Avenue, a new seven-story luxury co-op across the street, have joined together in opposition to the music group, complaining that the noise of the drums is too distracting. Since these complaints, the city’s parks department has repeatedly relocated the Marcus Garvey Drummers.


 For the remaining 6, check out our gallery above! Also be sure to drop your thoughts & comments below about this situation, do you believe we are losing culture? OR just rebuilding to gain gradual nobility?

Source: PolicyMic