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Ft Greene in the New York Press

The blogosphere is all over the new Brooklyn issue of the New York Press. The Fort Greene article is written by a Nicole Davis, who seems to be a writer who specializes in Fort Greene. Among other tidbits, she goes off on the usual bit about gentrification:

There are frightening signs of change, of course, like the atrocious Greene
House condos
and the “children’s clothier” on Fulton selling designer threads
for tykes—a sure sign of strollers to come. But some things are changing for the better. Whereas once there were days you couldn’t find a lemon in the local Associated, there is now fennel, Odwalla and Annie’s Organic macaroni and cheese.

We say: fair enough that you don't like the Greene House Condos (we certainly do), but the organic groceries come with the territory. Who do you think is buying the organic Annie's-- people living in the Walt Whitman Houses? No. It's the much more-monied folks moving into the $800K condos.


At January 20, 2006 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 20+ owners of Greene House condos would certainly disagree with her inexplicably disparaging remarks about the building.

As one of them, I take particular offense to her apparent lack of knowledge or appreciation of the diversity of our building. Diversity is what makes Fort Greene unique, and Greene House is the most diverse apartment building I've ever lived in.

I can understand criticizing the building when it was under construction, but now it's people's homes you're talking about, not a computer rendering.

At January 20, 2006 4:24 PM, Anonymous Mr. Minerva said...

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that Ms. Davis has no idea that the "children's clothier" which she refers to as a "frightening sign of change" - which is called Hot Toddie - is owned by a local, african-american, woman. And if she were aware of that fact, she'd be singing a different tune - rather than claiming that fennel, Odwalla, and Annie's are the only good changes to the nabe. What an embarassingly narrow world view Ms. Davis must have.

At January 22, 2006 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She doesn't really seem to be keyed into the neighborhood, apparently ignorant of the decent Sushi D and Thai 101, and describing Mojitos and Bodegas as "new" seems bizarre to me. The statement that FG/CH is "shaping up to be an artisic center" is one of the more ignorant things I've read recently, it's been a constant in the neighborhood for 150 years! Not suprised from the worthless NY Press.

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