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A housing lottery for 250 Lenox Road launched earlier this year. Photo by Leonardo March

Between 2010 and 2019 New York City approved 644 demolition projects for the Flatbush area (zip codes 11203, 11210, 11225, and 11226), according to data compiled by NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). 

This number represents approximately one weekly demolition during that decade. In contrast, during all of the 19990s, the DOB database registered only 94 demolition permits for the Flatbush area.

A few of these demolition permits were empty lots that ended up being developed into parking lots. The bulk of them were single housing units that were torn down and redeveloped into apartment buildings. Others, like 800 Flatbush Ave., absorbed a previous building, like the Caton Market, into the new development. While most were redeveloped into small buildings, others, like 123 Linden Blvd., (previously The New York Congregational Home for the Aged), have been turned into massive luxury housing.

Here are pictures of these new buildings, with side-by-side images of what was there before.

Read more about housing in Flatbush here.

All images from Google Maps.

Leonardo March

Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico. In a previous life Leonardo was a photographer and graphic designer, skills he’s refocusing to cover the Haitian Diaspora in the US. Leonardo can be reached at Leonardo@haitiantimes.com

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