Everybody has noticed how fast the greater Downtown Brooklyn area is changing, but up until this point, the change had largely staid north of Atlantic Ave, in DoBro proper.
Trader Joe’s of course crossed the Atlantic Ave boundary into Cobble Hill 2 years ago, possibly marking the beginning of the transformation that may be to come for the Hill, but otherwise the southward march of commercial development seemed to stop there.
As of the second week in October, however, commerce is back on the move and is in fact on the doorstep of Cobble Hill with the opening of Barney’s Co-op right next door to TJ’s, at 194 Atlantic.
And its not that we’re complaining…exactly.
Just noting with some cautious interest and curiosity the latest step in the fascinating make-over that is transforming the face of Brooklyn, and wondering how far it is going to go.
The opening of Barney’s, Trader Joe’s and all the other stores north of here are having a positive impact on the businesses in the neighborhoods for sure, and that we can all appreciate in these times when the economy offers little else to feel optimistic about.
Change is about the only aspect of life that is dependable of course, and while change can be scary, at least we can say that this change is bringing something positive to the neighborhood.