Encore! Encore! Our 17 Most Read Stories of 2017Gentrification and skyscrapers, buzzing drones and hand-woven pillows–these were among the year's hottest tales
Since The Bridge launched in late February, more than 200 features have been published. We serve up the most-read one more time, in the order of their popularity:
1. The blossoming of Bed-Stuy: Is gentrification racist?
A Brooklyn author explores a neighborhood’s transformation and finds that many of the assumptions about it don’t quite fit. Read more.
2. Inside the blight of empty Brooklyn storefronts
Greedy landlords? Not so simple. The haunting retail vacancies have many causes–and need a concerted response. Read more.
3. A vegan diet saved his life. Now he wants to save yours
Diagnosed as a diabetic, Borough President Eric Adams embraced a new regime. Can he make Brooklyn a healthier place? Read more.
4. Lots of buzz: How a Brooklyn drone service took off
For as much as $30,000 a day, Aerobo flies missions for moviemakers, media giants and big business. Read more.
5. Nostrand Avenue: Why it’s the new gentrification flash point
As a new restaurant sparks protest, the corridor’s small-business owners wonder: Will we survive rising affluence? Read more.
6. A Brooklyn designer’s Ethiopian dreams
Bolé Road Textiles weaves modern ideas with traditional craftsmanship, to vibrant effect. Read more.
7. A novelist writes her own bookstore fairy tale
When a beloved Brooklyn shop closed, Emma Straub faced the daunting task of replacing it. But then things went even better than planned. Read more.
8. Brooklyn’s first supertall skyscraper begins to rise
The tower underway at 9 DeKalb will dominate the downtown skyline. Is the borough ready for its ‘badass’ aesthetic? Read more.
9. Meet the blogger who got the Paul Manafort scoop
Katia Kelly of ‘Pardon Me for Asking’ covered her Brooklyn neighborhood with a hyper-local focus. Then she got a hot tip and ran with it. Read more.
10. Made in Brooklyn, right in front of your eyes
How a new brand with vision, Lowercase, created a stylish product rarely manufactured in America anymore: eyeglasses. Read more.
11. This Brooklyn ad firm has no respect for boundaries
At Madwell, a suddenly hot creative shop, everyone is into everyone else’s business–and they like it that way. Read more.
12. Why Eliot Spitzer’s comeback starts in Brooklyn
Making bold moves in real estate, the former governor is building a massive apartment complex in Williamsburg. Read more.
13. A hospital is selling moms on giving birth in Brooklyn
As medical giants set up shop in the borough, NYU Lutheran wants to be the premier maternity destination. Read more.
14. Ten things the HR people are thinking about you
At a Brooklyn conference, HR reps tackled the big issues of their business: diversity, employer branding, and sending out “exploding offers.” Read more.
15. Why young women flock to this engineering school
Brooklyn’s NYU Tandon is moving toward gender parity by making tech more welcoming to female students. Read more.
16. Why rivals fear this real estate agency
Opening its third office in Brooklyn, the startup brokerage Compass is shaking things up with technology, venture capital, and rapid growth. Read more.
17. Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s epic comeback
Left for dead a generation ago, the giant industrial park is now overflowing with artists and manufacturers. How it all happened. Read more.