Greenpoint renting in the 1940’s


Sorry fans,

I have neglected my blog for a while. I have been busy with publishing my book,” Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Forgotten Past.”

I will have information about the book in upcoming posts. I did, however, come across this interesting bit of info on renting in Greenpoint during the forties. If you are a renter today perhaps reading this post will make your blood pressure rise.

This information comes from a website called 1940’s New York.  It states:

Greenpoint: In 1943, Brooklyn’s most northern neighborhood had a population of 53,994. 53,955 of those people were white. 4 black people lived in the neighborhood. Yes, you read those numbers correctly. Here’s another crazy number: rent for most families was under $30/month. Here’s how the Analysis described the neighborhood, which doesn’t sound far off from what it is today:

“Greenpoint is largely industrial. It contains a wide variety of plants, including foundries, machine works and chemical plants, along the waterfront and adjacent streets. Several warehouses and wholesale establishments are also to be found here. A densely crowded, low rent residential rea houses 53,994 people in old one and two-fmaily frame houses and in tenements. Manhattan and Greenpoint Avenues are the two principal retail business streets. There is a scattering of small neighborhood stores.”

I have friends who are paying $2,500 a month for a two bedroom. Wow, how times have changed.

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