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September 11, 2008

The departed "Brooklyn South": views of Prospect Heights a decade ago

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder scours the Steven Bochco cop-drama "Brooklyn South," which used as a backdrop many of the streets in and around what later became the footprint of Atlantic Yards.

FreddysBar-n-Grill.jpg Featured prominently is Freddy's Bar and Grill, the cop-bar-turned-music-pub that is under threat of eminent domain and in the path of Bruce Ratner's wrecking ball.

For those interested in Atlantic Yards, the show is fascinating because the mythical 74th Precinct uses as a stand-in precinct house the 78th, at 6th Avenue and Bergen Street in Prospect Heights, a block from the AY footprint, and there are other shots of footprint blocks. (The interiors were filmed in Los Angeles.)

Even though the vision of Brooklyn as crime-ridden can seem a cartoon, it's still notable how renovations and lowered crime have reduced "blight" both in Brooklyn and specifically Prospect Heights--even as the Empire State Development Corporation persists in its dubious claim that, absent Atlantic Yards, the project footprint would remain blighted.

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Posted by lumi at September 11, 2008 5:23 AM