The Neighborhood Power Rankings: Summer 2012

No. 1 Greenpoint


Residents have begun to plan how to spend $19.5 million they received from Exxon Mobil for the millions of gallons of oil it spilled underneath the neighborhood over the course of a century.

No. 2 Gowanus

The city’s first shuffleboard club plans to open 32,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor courts, and call itself The Royal Palms. Seriously.

No. 3 Ditmas Park/Flatbush

The 1930s art-deco Sears Roebuck tower on Beverley Road and Flatbush Avenue got one step closer—and is now super-close—to achieving landmark status.

No. 4 Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

The owner of the unique Broken Angel home/art project on Downing Street, featured in Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, got caught up in a lawsuit that ended in foreclosure.

No. 5 South Brooklyn (“BoCoCa”)

Boerum Hiller Tracy K. Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book Life on Mars. Woot.

No. 6 Williamsburg

The building housing both Millennium Health and the Bagel Store, on Bedford at N. 3rd, was sold to an investor who hopes to combine the spaces to attract a large chain.

No. 7 Red Hook

The neighborhood’s famous food vendors worry new park regulations will mean far fewer adult soccer games, whose players account for half their business. Stupid youth leagues.

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Native daughter Anne Hathaway, who was preschooled at Brooklyn Heights’s Montessori School before her family relocated to New Jersey, moved into the Clocktower building.

No. 9 Park Slope

A new Obama biography, excerpted in Vanity Fair, revealed details about his time in Brooklyn in the 80s—he lived in a brownstone on 2nd Street, and jogged in Prospect Park!

No. 10 Crown Heights

Brownstoner’s founder is developing 155,000 square-feet to attract businesses shut out of DUMBO, with a new food- and beer-garden from Brookyln Flea (where do we sign up?).

No. 11 Brooklyn Heights

Truman Capote’s old digs on Willow Street were sold to a game developer for $12.5 million, setting a record for home-sale prices in Brooklyn (Other Voices, Other Joysticks?).

No. 12 Bushwick

Occupy Bushwick marched unpermitted up Flushing Avenue on May Day past cheering storeowners, honking trucks and many thumbs up.

No. 13 Prospect Lefferts Gardens

A new outdoor market, called the Arts and Culture Fest, features crafts sellers on Saturdays outside the Parkside Avenue subway station. Food vendors to come.

No. 14 Sunset Park

A 10,000 square-foot hydroponic greenhouse will be built atop an old warehouse, growing enough produce annually to feed 5,000 Brooklynites.

No. 15 Bed-Stuy

An on-duty Secret Service agent ran over and killed a local 47-year-old woman on Atlantic Avenue, at Ralph Avenue.

No. 16 Downtown

NYU announced plans to open a Center for Urban Science and Progress, as early as 2013, in the old MTA headquarters on Jay Street.

No. 17 Prospect Heights

The Bronx Zoo closed its 111-year-old Monkey House; some of the monkeys were taken in by the Prospect Park Zoo.

No. 18 Coney Island

The city will raze the decaying footbridge from the Q and F to the beach at W. 8th Street after this summer, replacing the eyesore with an expensive plaza two blocks west.

No. 19 Windsor Terrace/Kensington

A local post office told residents to pick up their missed packages at the nearby branch on McDonald Avenue in “Frooklny, NY,” a Seussian alternate-Brooklyn.

No. 20 Bay Ridge

Oxygen’s Jersey Shore-ripoff Brooklyn 11223, about Gravesend girls acting trashy in Bay Ridge, trades on tired stereotypes about women and Italian-Americans.