With a recent uptick in gentrification griping in Carroll Gardens, Candy Chang’s interactive art project in the window of a vintage furniture store on Court Street was well-timed. For one week, passersby were invited to share their apartment info and rent costs on Post-it notes. After culling 151 responses, Chang tallied the info and found that:

  • One resident has lived in a studio in Carroll Gardens for 43 years with a current rent of $146.
  • Another gloater has occupied a three 3BR loft in Chelsea for 30 years, paying $1,095 a month.
  • A 1BR in Jersey City can be had for $1000 “with a backyard bitches!”

For graph aficionados, Chang has broken down the info into colorful pie charts on her blog, where she quotes one ebullient Bed Stuy homeowner who put two sons through college on her savvy property investments: “Like they say,” she said, “they’re not making any more of it. Get yourself some real estate!” (But first, get yourself some money for a down payment.)