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Whether or not the arrival of a Starbucks in a neighborhood is an early harbinger of gentrification or a symbol that gentrification has already run its course is a matter of some debate. While plenty of people understandably correlate the megachain's presence in their neighborhood with higher rents and the closure of small, independent retail outlets, it remains undeniably true that many Brooklyn neighborhoods were well past the early stages of gentrification when they received their first Starbucks locations,...
In preparation for fast-approaching autumn and winter, the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be relocating to the warmer, indoor climes of Sunset Park megacomplex Industry City.  Starting the weekend of October 17th and 18th, 100 Flea vendors and 40 Smorgasburg vendors will set up shop in the 50,000-square-foot space of Industry City's second floor. (The names of the vendors will be announced in about a month.) They're abandoning last year's locations, Crown Heights' Berg'n Beer Hall and...
Bringing al pastor to Sunset Park is like to bringing coals to Newcastle, although if anyone stands to challenge the neighborhoods’ taquerias and bodegas on the pineapple-spit pork front, it’s the pride of East Harlem, Taco Mix. So the fact that an offshoot recently moved into the winding, gastronomically-blessed halls of Industry City (which, side note, boasts the most impressive food court in all of Brooklyn) should cement even the farthest borders of Sunset—once and...
Last summer, Eyebeam, the city's premiere arts and technology organization, became another casualty of the real estate boom in Chelsea. "We had been there for 13 years," Peter Kaiser, Eyebeam's Communications Director explained over the phone. "The sale of the building made a lot of sense not just financially, but also in terms of cultural shifts in the neighborhood. When Eyebeam first opened in Chelsea, it was still very much a working neighborhood." So it wasn't exactly...