1965 Chevrolet Impala (Prospect-Lefferts Garden)
In February, filmmaker and Brooklyn booster Spike Lee (Crooklyn, Red Hook Summer) bemoaned the gentrification of NYC’s most populous borough when he likened Ft. Greene Park on a weekend to the “motherf***ing Westminster dog show”.
Mr. Lee’s hyperbole aside, it is undeniable that Brooklyn has changed markedly since the days of Do The Right Thing when highly-educated, affluent whites would have no sooner moved here than the dark side of the moon. Now they come in droves, in the process displacing many long-time residents (most of them black).
In Prospect-Lefferts Garden — where we spotted this exceptional Impala — the pace of gentrification has been relatively slow, but recent visits to the traditionally African-American and West Indian neighborhood suggest it is quickening. Construction projects are under way along the Flatbush Avenue corridor, hip cafes, bars and gourmet groceries are thriving, and younger, whiter faces can be seen exiting the subway at the Prospect Park Station every day.