Post-It Notes For Neighbors

It’s a question every New Yorker wonders: how much are my neighbors paying for their apartments? Post-it Notes for Neighbors is an interactive installation that helps demystify the topic by inviting people to anonymously share information about their living situation. Inspired by Illegal Art’s To Do, I covered a Brooklyn storefront window with Post-it notes stamped with specific fill-in-the-blank forms. Local residents and other passers-by could fill in a note with their own apartment information and marvel at the high and low numbers paid by others. By the end of the week, the window was transformed into a useful collection of housing information created by and relevant to the community. It also reflected the changing real estate values of the area. This project was part of the 2008 public art exhibit Windows Brooklyn and displayed on vintage furniture shop Yesterday’s News at 428 Court Street in Carroll Gardens (around the corner from where I used to live). Scroll down to view charts of the results! This project was later exhibited at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, 2009.