Jackie Roman

STORIES

Future Cityscapes


A long-term photo documentary project that focuses on the dramatic re-development of the Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront communities in Brooklyn, NY since 2007.  For much of the last decade, city planners and architects have been building a futuristic new skyline, a mega-complex of green space and mixed-use glass towers with unobstructed views of Manhattan and 3,000+ new apartments by the end of 2019. Described by analysts as New York City’s most rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, the area is known as a hub for technology, film and television production, live music and it’s ubiquitous hipster culture.  An impact study commissioned by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment credits the influential music ecosystem in neighborhoods like Williamsburg with 57,500 jobs and $4.7 billion in wages. However, it also found that 20% of the city’s smaller venues have closed in the last 15 years because of real estate prices, zoning pressures and noise complaints.  The photographs examine the schism that has emerged between luxury real estate development and the culture it has begun to displace.

Jackie Roman