As the sun sets over the village of leaf village in the Bronx, a group of young men is discussing how they are fighting gentrification.
The people here, they say, are not happy.
They have lived in this village for generations and it is still there, they insist.
They are protesting against a project by New York City that would create a housing development with a median home value of $1.5 million and a $10,000 per year tax credit for people buying homes in the neighborhood.
The plan, called the Village at The Gap, is designed to help revitalize leaf village and its surrounding neighborhoods.
But the protest is far from over.
The villagers have been in this town for more than 200 years, according to their village chief, John J. Schott.
This is their village, they argue, and this is the place that they have worked hard to create a sense of belonging.
“The people of leaf, this is our village, and if they can’t take care of this, the people of this community, then this is it,” said J. J. Shott.
The village is a small, sleepy, wooded area in Brooklyn’s Bronx borough, home to more than 7,000 people, including one-third of the people who live in leaf.
For decades, the town was a destination for New Yorkers looking for affordable homes in a changing market.
But then, around 1990, the market crashed.
The housing market began to collapse in the 1990s, as homeownership rates plunged and as the housing supply was depleted.
The city began to build more and more housing, but the demand for units became too low to meet.
The borough was in need of housing, and as demand grew, the supply of units started to dry up.
Then, in the early 2000s, a wave of new apartments began to open up in leaf, making it one of the most expensive places in the borough to live.
The population boomed, and the area started to be marketed as an area of affordable, affordable homes.
By 2010, the population had doubled to 8,000.
And that is when things started to change.
It wasn’t just that people were moving into leaf, but that the area was being pushed out of its former prime.
The city built hundreds of thousands of new units and replaced many older ones with new apartments, including some of the oldest and most beautiful homes in leaf village.
At the same time, many of the buildings were being demolished.
Leaf’s older, older homes were bulldozed.
Its older apartments were replaced with new apartment buildings.
The neighborhood is now in desperate need of a revitalization, and a new development plan would benefit the residents and the city.
But the village’s opposition has been vocal and persistent.
In May, the city announced it would demolish the old, crumbling buildings in order to build a mixed-use development.
On a recent afternoon, as the bulldozers rumbled by, the villagers and other residents who have been fighting the plan were talking about the plan, and how they would fight it if it were to happen.
The plan is to make the village a “transit-oriented village,” the Bronx Borough president, Anthony Bushell, said.
That would mean the community would have a new community center and a housing-sharing program.
It would also include a new police station, he said.
But many residents say that would mean they would lose their homes, and they want the new development to help them find new homes.
Residents and supporters of the Village At The Gap have been working to build their own housing and support the residents who are building and maintaining their own homes, while the city demolishes the older homes that will soon be replaced.
Village residents have been campaigning to get a new affordable housing development approved.
In April, the New York State Planning Commission voted in favor of the plan to move forward with the project, and unanimously approved the proposal on May 7.
City Planning Commissioner David Miller said in a statement that the plan would create thousands of jobs, improve the environment, and allow for a better quality of life for residents.
He said that the new housing would create “a better community.”
But the village residents are not buying it.
They say that the city’s plan would force them out of their homes and into a different neighborhood.
The project, they said, would make their homes unusable and put their children and grandchildren at risk of homelessness.
They also say the city plan would hurt the health and safety of the residents, who have long faced the possibility of contracting pneumonia and other diseases from living in the buildings they own.
Some residents have called the plan discriminatory, saying they don’t want to see the people they know, including the village chief and his wife, move out