Post-it Notes for Neighbors

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 this public experiment to help demystify the topic by inviting people to anonymously share their housing costs. Part of the Windows Brooklyn exhibition, the installation became a revealing collection of local migration and housing costs. Nearly half of responses came from people living in their apartment for two years or less. 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 that 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, New York. Post-it notes, 54″ w x 54″ h. Installation assistance by Kay Cheng.