Tuesday, November 20, 2007


When Gentrification Sucks

The longtime Park Slope establishment that was my local hangout for the eight years I lived in Brooklyn is facing its final months -- weeks? -- on Flatbush Avenue. Now that I'm living up in north Manhattan, I've only had the chance to head back to Mooney's a couple of times.

The news that it is about to become a victim of, as the article says, "the neighborhood’s now-familiar rent problems" is truly saddening.

Mooney's has been around for nearly 40 years. Over that time, this northern part of Park Slope/Prospect Heights went from being an undesirable "rough" neighborhood to what it is now -- an extension of Manhattan with skyrocketing property values.

Mooney's was a bedrock that helped make the neighborhood what it is today -- too expensive for many people to continue to live or work in.

It may be the capitalist way.

But it still sucks.


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