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7/10/2006

A damning description of what Ft Greene has become

Once again, culling from over 120 comments, we bring you some choice reader comments from brownstoner's ostensibly innocent post on the crackdown on a Lefferts Place whore-hotel.

...i briefly worked at the brooklyn academy of music while in college about 5 or 6 years ago. even that recently, a brownstone in fort greene could be had for significantly less than a million dollars and clinton hill was considered "edgy" and "dangerous". i personally loved the fort greene area and its flavorful mix of people who said good moring to each other when they passed in the street. 2 years ago my girlfriend (i'm a dude, btw) moved into an apartment in a lovely brownstone on south portland avenue. when she moved in, you could still greet your neighbors and the atmosphere was great, despite a noticeable influx of 30-40 year old yuppies who were conspicuoulsy less interested in greeting and getting to know their neighbors than they were in immediately joining the opposition to the development of the atlantic yards. one of the first things these brand new neighbors did was post little fliers in their newly renovated windows declaring their determination to "protect brownstone brooklyn" from ratner. don't even know the people who live and have always lived on their street, but now they're activists. that's what i hate...however, lately, the changes have just become unbearable. moe's, the neighborhood institution of a bar, is looking more and more like dorian's on the upper eastside and south portland as a whole just smacks of kip's bay.

Now, this really hurts. Moe's, like Dorian's (which I've been to)? I think not. Perhaps at happy hour on weekdays, but not on Friday or Saturday night at 4AM when I hear the fights spilling out onto the street and the cops are driving the wrong way down Lafayette. Or the night I was there when the thugs from the Farragut Houses bitch-slapped the ghetto fab dude drinking a merlot in his white linen shirt.

And wait, South Portland-cum-Kips Bay? The home of the ijc? Well, I have started seeing some slightly overweight hefties wearing those huge sunglasses...


3 Comments:

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At August 20, 2006 7:26 PM, Anonymous BrooklynGirl said...

Regarding the yuppies who "don't even know the people who live and have always lived on their street, but now they're activists"

I don't understand why protecting your neighborhood, even if it's new to some of our neighbors. And the newcomers aren't the only folks protesting Ratner. I'm assuming you have not bothered to attend a South Portland block association meeting lately otherwise you could see the folks who have lived on the street for 30+ years planning their attack against the developers. Personally,. I'd like to see MORE of the newcomers start participating in the fight vs. bein apathetic - I'm actually seeing more inaction vs. activism.

 

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