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The Brooklyn Nets?

The Brooklyn Nets?
Developer Bruce Ratner's plan to bring the New Jersey Nets to downtown Brooklyn has some residents excited and others up in arms. NEW YORK VOICES set out to hear from Brooklynites living in several different neighborhoods to find out how they feel about their borough, why they live there, and how they think the arena would impact their communities. Among those interviewed are Alan Rosen, the owner of Junior's Restaurant, who is in favor of the arena; Boerum Hill residents Mary Fulham and Jim Reynolds who are split on the idea; and Greg Jackson, a Brownsville native who works with children in the neighborhood and thinks the arena will be great for his kids and the community.

475 Dean Street

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The centerpiece of Bruce Ratner's bid to bring the New Jersey Nets to downtown Brooklyn involves building a 19,000 seat arena designed by superstar architect Frank Gehry. The stadium would also be surrounded by a $2.5 billion dollar housing, retail and office complex.

This grand Brooklyn development would be located primarily over the Long Island Railroad yards near Atlantic Avenue, but would also extend into the adjacent neighborhood of Prospect Heights. To make room for the arena plan, four city blocks would be taken by the state under eminent domain and demolished. A coalition of residents in the path of the proposed development has formed a group called Develop Don't Destroy to protest the current plan. The group has been holding protest rallies, and has retained civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel to help them defend their homes.

475 Dean Street, Brooklyn
This piece focuses on one building in the footprint of the proposed arena, 475 Dean Street. The building is a converted garment factory occupied by several well-known artists, some who first moved there during the early 1980s when few people wanted to live in the neighborhood. On December 11, 2003, the residents read about a press conference in the newspaper and found out that under the current plan their homes would be demolished.

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