According to public data updated on July 12, there have been 194 construction permits for new buildings issued in Bushwick zip-codes (11206, 11207, 11221, 11237) so far this year. Of these, 164 are permits for new residential buildings.

The Department of Buildings has issued 1,759 permits for construction and demolition in Bushwick halfway through 2021, which includes new buildings, demolition, and alterations; often construction jobs involve multiple types of permits.

Graph showing decline in construction in Bushwick since 2005.

Last year, the Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a total of 337 new building permits in Bushwick. These numbers show a decline from previous years; from 2015 to 2019, the number of new building permits issued by the DOB in the neighborhood ranged from 465 to 535.

Over the last three decades, the number of permits for new buildings has fluctuated, climbing sharply in the early 200s and peaking in 2005 at 1260. After decreasing to a low 176 in 2011, the number of permits issued began to rise again, roughly plateauing in 2015 for a few years before dropping in 2020.

Scaffolding and fencing in front of residential building.
Longstanding scaffolding can be seen throughout Bushwick and the greater NYC area.

All images by Paige Cromley.

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