White Flight Into Bed-Stuy Brooklyn Soars

August 5, 2011  |  

Mark Dunlea and his wife, Judith A. Enck, moved to Brooklyn from upstate New York two years ago. Last March, they breached the blurry Clinton Hill border to buy an apartment in a four-story condominium that had replaced an abandoned warehouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant.The couple say they do not feel like pioneers in the gentrification of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the neighborhood in central Brooklyn that traces its African-American roots to the early 19th century and has been the borough’s black cultural capital for decades. “We just feel so lucky to be in such a vibrant neighborhood,” Ms. Enck said. Mr. Dunlea, the director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, added, “To us, if you’re going to move to New York City, one of the benefits is a really diverse neighborhood.”

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