How desperate are people for a shot at affordable shelter in the sweaty old rat boot that is Bushwick? Desperate! Stampede desperate. Nearly 200,000 people applied to live in just 14 affordable apartments available through the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

According to DNAinfo, 1,328 new apartments were scheduled for construction in Bushwick this year—more than in any other Brooklyn neighborhood. In fact, the Real Deal found in October that 19 percent of all new development in the entire borough was taking place in Bushwick.

The issue is that few developers have opted to participate in the city's Voluntary Inclusionary Housing, which offers tax breaks for those willing to incorporate affordable units. But with only 14 such units available, it appears that those tax breaks aren't nearly adequate incentive; "Voluntary" may be the wrong way to go about increasing NYC's affordable housing stock.

The de Blasio administration has proposed new zoning codes that would make inclusion of affordable units required instead of voluntary, but they are hotly contested by many community leaders.

On the bright side: "It's not like Bed-Stuy or Bushwick are good investments anymore" anyway.