The Nation: Going... Going... Gone?

Tales from three Brooklyn neighborhoods

The first time Critic Edmund Wilson visited Brooklyn, he found "a whole new world, which seemed to me inexplicably attractive ... There was space and ocean air and light, and what seemed to me—it was what most astonished me—an atmosphere of freedom and leisure quite unknown on the other side." That description was published 35 years ago. Today, life for many of Brooklyn's 2.4 million inhabitants has taken an all too familiar urban turn. Tales of metropolitan life that came from three Brooklyn neighborhoods last week:

> The tree-lined 1800 block of...

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