being back in New York is so weird cus my neighborhood is in the middle of gentrification and going back and forth means I can see it in real time. White people bring services and not gonna lie it was nice to have access to things like cabs and restaurants with tables. But its at a point now where there businesses that are here are trying to appeal to the new cliental and the new businesses are making no effort to include the majority of the people who still live here. Like, this neighborhood has got to be at least 80% black and latino. But these restaurants/bars/galleries etc are full of white people, and like, in order to do that they have to be doing something to push the people who live here away. Its not just the prices which aren’t prohibitively high but the whole vibe of the places which tend to be pretty hipster-y. And you can see the difference between that and handful of new businesses that are trying to pull in the community. And its kind of sad cus I don’t need harlem to feel like some weird soho/hipster mashup.