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December 16, 2005

Downtown Brooklyn, NOT!

Atlantic Yards in Prospect HeightsFor the last time, the freakin' project ain't in "Downtown Brooklyn," as alleged in today's NY Times headline and this week's Crain's article.


A map of Central Brooklyn, for geographically challenged journalists, reveals that Downtown Brooklyn and Prospect Heights are not one and the same.

If you want to quibble, there is also a section called "Site V" that's located in Park Slope.

Q: Why does it matter?

A: Downtown Brooklyn is primarily a commercial district, while Prospect Heights is largely residential with some light manufacturing mixed in. People who are being displaced in the footprint of the plan are pretty clear on the fact that they live in Prospect Heights.

Q: Who cares?

A: Bruce Ratner cares, which is why his PR machine has done a great job of trying to brainwash the public and the media that Atlantic Yards is in Downtown Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at December 16, 2005 10:56 AM