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September 25, 2010

In Time Out New York, some curious agnosticism about arena impact, but no love from Prospect Height interviewees

Atlantic Yards Report

It's well past time for the New York media to step up and admit that the new Nets arena will be a disaster for surrounding neighborhoods.

From Time Out New York's Neighborhood Guides: Prospect Heights

In recent years, Prospect Heights has experienced a boom: Vanderbilt Avenue, the area’s main thoroughfare, is a thriving business district, with fancy cocktail bars, restaurants and several speciality stores, including a custom-bike shop and a bookstore. The Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library are also within walking distance, adding to the draw. But the invasion of the Atlantic Yards development, which is finally underway, could change all of that. There’s no telling whether the new basketball stadium will have a positive or negative effect on the neighborhood.

No telling? There's going to be a massive surface parking lot on the block bounded by Dean and Pacific streets and Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, and the users of that lot will walk to the arena along the narrow sidewalks of residential Dean Street, as I described in June.

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Posted by steve at September 25, 2010 8:47 AM