Land fills, Juniors and Condos…

Just heard some disturbing news concerning Juniors Restaurant. Juniors is famous for its cheesecake. It resides in an over crowded area in downtown Brooklyn, right smack at the end of the Fulton Mall, street parking is needless to say impossible. It is (I assume) less than a mile from the Manhattan Bridge and borders developing hip and now trendy areas where just a few years ago no sane person would venture on foot after business hours. I had a studio in DUMBO back in the 90’s and it was mostly the same deal. Dangerous and up and coming. Try renting or buying in that area now.

Anyway, I heard on NPR that Juniors is selling their building. They have been there for 3 generations. I assume they will build up and sell the upper floors as condos. This leaves a retail space underneath and according to this news flash, Juniors has agreed to rent the bottom part and continue as before. This of course saddens me. First of all growing up in Brooklyn Juniors was one of my families favorite haunts. We would do Sunday dinners there, grab a cheesecake to bring to someone’s house, etc. And the area is so congested who would want to live there? As we know “Hipster Brooklyn” has to expand, but take away our landmarks? Needless to say it’s an ever changing world, not necessarily for the better.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest, my next blog will address the fact that condos built on top of other things, may have led to another disturbing factor. The Z addresses the cause and effect. The next book will address the effect and how we as a species will adjust to it.a funny story copy

Umon cycling through Downtown Brooklyn. Probably trying to get to Juniors to order a cheesecake.

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About cherylgross

Illustrator and author of the Z Factor. Professor Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Motion graphic collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: In The Circus Of You, Becoming Judas and The Poster Reads; ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT, travel the video poetry festival circuit. See resume at www.cmgross.com/pages/resume.htm for other accomplishments.
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