On the heels of this telling Onion piece, Apartment Broker Recommends Brooklyn Residents Spend No More Than 150% Of Income On Rent, Times columnist Ginia Bellafante reminds us of Brooklyn’s Food Gap, which is more piquantly headlined, in print on the jump page, as "Brooklyn's Food Gap Widens As Its Foodie Reputation Soars."
Bellafante contrasts the hype about hot new restaurants with "a new report from the Food Bank for New York City, which reveals it not only to be the borough with the highest rate of what is known as “food insecurity” — 20 percent — but also the highest percentage increase in the rate of food insecurity from 2009 to 2014 — a time imagined to be one of economic recovery."
The Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger maintains vibrant urban farming spaces. One plot on the corner of Fulton Street and Saratoga Avenue grows kale, chard and other vegetables for the pantry, and herbs that the pantry sells to local restaurants — wealth redistribution of a kind. What the land doesn’t contain, though, is housing. All around it are blocks of relatively new, low-rise residential buildings that, though they are for low-income families, do little to maximize the number of homes that might be built.
Fresh produce is a wonderful thing that in the end can only take us so far.