Real estate prices in Brooklyn’s booming neighborhoods could make it harder for drivers to find gas in the future. In Crown Heights, some are blaming the closure of two neighborhood gas stations in the past month on the rising rental market.
“I think the landlords, they’re the ridiculous ones because they’re closing up all the gas stations in order to build buildings for residences and things like that,” said Randy Perotte, of Crown Heights.
Most say it’s not a big surprise, considering studio apartments in Crown Heights now average more than $1,500 a month.
“The land is changing, the area is changing, look they’re putting up a 15-story building here, and the prices are being raised all over, even in the supermarkets,” said resident Sybil Henry.
While most drivers agree that it’s still a lot easier to find a gas station in Brooklyn than across the East River in Manhattan, some are worried that won’t always be the case.
“We could use more,” said Crown Heights resident Shawn Chalmers. “Those were very convenient, the ones that they’re shutting down now.”
And with fewer places to pump, and more people living in the neighborhood, drivers are worried that the gas stations that stay open will empty their wallets when they fill up their tanks.