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April 16, 2012

New Nets arena attracts stores, eateries

Newsday
by Kathleen Lucadamo

Ah, yes, Bruce Ratner's new sports palace is really going to class up the neighborhood.

"Hooters came to us for retail space adjacent to the stadium. We sent them away," said Michael Pintchik, who owns dozens of buildings between Atlantic Avenue and Grand Army Plaza. "Our goal is to make the area eclectic, a place that young people want to hang out, instead of just another commercial strip."

Hooters did not return calls for comment.

Michael Pintchik is a neighborhood guy, and has more scruples than your average landlord, who'll be happy to rent to Hooters, or Larry Flynt [NSFW].

Established businesses are also expecting a boom.

"Eventually people will come from all over, not just Long Island," said Leah Baptiste, manager of Wayne Agassi's Salon and Spa at Bergen Street and Flatbush Avenue. The spa is considering extending hours on game days and offering packages for folks who want to enjoy the area while their partners attend the game.

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NoLandGrab: Yes, we always get a perm before a Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. Haven't you noticed all the hair salons on 33rd Street?

Posted by eric at April 16, 2012 11:18 AM