It’s a question many residents wonder: how much are my neighbors paying for their apartments? Inspired by Illegal Art’s To Do project, Chang created Post-it Notes for Neighbors to helps demystify the topic by inviting people to anonymously share information about their housing costs. Part of the Windows Brooklyn exhibition, the installation became a useful collection of housing information created by and relevant to her community, and mapped out the continuous migration in and out of the neighborhood. Nearly half of responses came from people living in their apartment for two years or less – a possible reflection of the impermanence of many New Yorkers. The winner of Cheapest Apartment goes to someone living in a studio in Carroll Gardens for 43 years that costs $146/month, and the Most Expensive goes to someone in a four-bedroom apartment in Cobble Hill for four years that costs $3,720/month. One man has lived in a two-apartment house in Carroll Gardens for 30 years and it cost him only $125,000 (it’s worth $3 million now). A woman named Deborah bought three homes in Bed Stuy from 1988-2003 and never paid more than $250,000. They put her two sons through college and will allow her to retire early. “Like they say,” she said, “they’re not making any more of it. Get yourself some real estate!”
2008, Brooklyn, NY. Post-it notes, ink, storefront window. 54″ x 54″. Installation assistance by Kay Cheng.