Fine, I always feel about a minute away from a drive-by when I hit Fulton Mall but this area has serious potential.
You can find people AND beautiful old buildings aplenty just crying out for divine intervention. They wanted to pray over me and the tween just now, btw: something like 10 Christian soldiers in red aprons.
So what the hell went wrong in Fulton Mall and why can’t somebody fix it? Like NOW. This place could be the best neighborhood in Brooklyn without much effort.
There are more great steel-framed hulls of glorious architecture gone by than any other hood in Brooklyn, I bet. All steel-metal construction. Built to last.
It’s already pedestrian-friendly. Close to the city. Just get rid of the buses, throw in some bike lanes and hello gentrifiers.
My Grandma Sally used to order the frog’s legs at the late great Gage & Tollner. And you should see the lady’s room on the 9th floor of the Macy’s building on Hoyt! My favorite restroom bar none.
Can’t Marty or some SMART developers (I realize that’s an oxymoron) take the whole joint over by eminent domain or, better yet, by buying it like Red Hook’s O’Connell bought the artists that town upstate. And turn it into condos and great stores and restaurants and street life and offices for crunchies and creatives? Get rid of the buses and put in a big fat bike lane? And an Apple Store.
This is almost as good an idea as my 4th Ave High Line.
I can see it now.
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