Brooklyn's Bodegas, Shops and Garages are being transformed into slick Breweries, Brunch Spots and Hotels in less than 5 years.

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  • Photographer Kristy Chatelain started taking photographs of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when she moved there in 2006 
  • By 2008, many of the crumbling buildings and bodegas had already transformed into slick delis and breweries
  • Now, the area is one of many famed for hosting Lena Dunham's HBO show Girls - and a fresh crop of hipsters

The once run-down neighborhoods east of East River have lost their character to vegan cafes, overpriced boutiques, and craft beer, the mantra goes.

And now the slick transformation has been laid bare in a stark series of before-and-after photographs taken across little more than five years.  

Before and after: Photographer Kristy Chatelain captured the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, 2009 (left) and 2014 (right)



122 Greenpoint Avenue, 2008 (left), 2014 (center), 2015 (right)

Some businesses have stayed the same but made slight tweaks to cater for the new community, such as Greenpoint's P. A. Grocery (2007)

By 2009 (pictured) it had become P. A. Deli Grill Grocery, with signs for 'breakfast & lunch', 'coffee', 'hot tea' and 'chocolate'

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