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crossing the yards by Pascale Boucicaut

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  • Saturday evening.

    It was when I was walking home from my new job, pondering all the new change, that I stopped and watched a construction site. It wasn't just any construction site, I was looking at the largest development project in Brooklyn's history, which they call The Atlantic Yards, and which I've watched grow "from the ground up" since I moved to the neighborhood in 2008.

    The future Barclay Stadium is set where 6th Avenue turns into South Portland. It will be home to the New Jersey Nets sometime around September of this year. I remember when that space was subterranean. Train tracks no longer in use. I remember 2005 when we were still underage but we'd been drinking beers, and it was well into the night when we crossed those tracks. And it was also winter then.

    It was a prescient crossing. Those tracks might have been the seed of my city curiosity. Now they are covered with a pirated basketball stadium and the embryo of sixteen "mixed-use," commercial and residential buildings. For now, the Future and the Change loom over Atlantic Avenue and all of us who cross it. For now, we talk and wonder what will become of these quiet neighborhoods. We wonder about the noise. We wonder if we will stay, and who's already had to leave.
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