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Maybe it's because words are my job, but I like to believe that they still have meaning, and that if you use a certain word, you do so with intention and purpose. Some words, of course, are more loaded than others—particularly at this specific point in time and in this specific place—it's best to use them appropriately, lest they lose all their original meaning and become nothing more than a punchline (ahem, "hipster"). And,...
It is a little acknowledged truth that in New York City, there is a dearth of malls, and the ones that do exist (Kings Plaza, for example, are so far out on the edges of the city as to be almost inaccessible for many residents). Instead, we have seen the rise of massive, multi-use retail concepts with mall-like qualities—food vendors, perhaps a restaurant or movie theater if the square footage allows for it, shops...
The hand of gentrification continues to reach further and further into Brooklyn, and now it seems Sunset Park is the newest Brooklyn neighborhood to face impending consumer-based development. Fulfilling promises made during campaigning, Bill de Blasio’s administration is funneling $100 million into renovating the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a space now housing predominantly warehouses and local manufacturers.  Meanwhile, a few blocks north, Sunset Park’s 6 million-square-foot Industry City is being transformed into the next Chelsea...
Today, the Brooklyn Nets revealed all the details and a few renderings of their new training center at Industry City, and it is... something. Sort of like what you'd imagine to be the dream apartment of someone moving to Brooklyn for the first time from East Rutherford, NJ. Oh wait. The space, titled 'Hospital For Special Surgery Training Center' (note: it is not a hospital; the incredibly deceptive name is part of a branding agreement...