The Real Deal New York

Retail ripples from Atlantic Yards

Nearby eateries see a temporary uptick in business, but not everyone is happy
By Lana Bortolot | March 12, 2012 02:30PM

From the March issue: Workers from the under-construction Barclays Center are taking a bite out of the surrounding Brooklyn neighborhood.

Every weekday around noon, the streets around the Prospect Heights site are awash with construction workers heading to their favorite nearby lunch spots. Take-out joints and bodegas, like Gino’s Pizzeria at 218 Flatbush Avenue And Ar Coffee Shop On Fifth Avenue And Dean Street, are seeing a steady stream of construction workers come in. At Bergen Bagels, on the corner of Bergen Street and Flatbush Avenue, lines spill out the door each morning, as workers pick up bagels and coffee on their way to the rising arena, which is slated to open in September. [more]