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November 22, 2011

Patty wake, patty wake! Christie’s to close on Flatbush Avenue

The Brooklyn Paper
by Natalie O'Neill

Bruce Ratner 1, Black-owned Mom-n-Pop restaurant, 0.

A 45-year-old, critically acclaimed, beloved neighborhood eatery is falling victim to arena-spurred gentrification.

The owner of a cheap neighborhood favorite will close his restaurant after 45 years in Park Slope and Prospect Heights, citing a landlord-tenant dispute fueled by a nearby sports arena.

Paul Haye, who runs Christie’s Jamaican Patties on Flatbush Avenue and Sterling Place, says he’ll close by January, claiming his landlord — who last spring welcomed embattled sports bar Prime 6 to the neighborhood — gave him the boot in order to collect higher rent from a new tenant, now that Barclays Center is closer to completion.

The dispute is the latest evidence that small businesses may have trouble staying open near the arena, where the Nets will play basketball next season (if there is a season).

Businesses owners in Fort Greene and north Park Slope also report that landlords have doubled rent, citing proximity to the arena in new real-estate ads.

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Posted by eric at November 22, 2011 1:07 PM