The intersection of Grand Avenue and Putnam Avenue was once notorious for shootings and drug deals, but in the past two years this Clinton Hill intersection has undergone a transformation. It is now home to restaurants, cafes, and bars. It has transformed from a dangerous corner to a trendy hot spot in the blink of an eye.
While one would expect residents to rejoice in the corner’s transformation, some residents worry that the sudden overhaul will price them out of their neighborhood. But many of the proprietors of these new businesses are longtime neighborhood residents who are happy to bring life to what was once a commercial dead zone.
While the new restaurants, cafes, and bars have made the corner a trendy local, these positive changes haven’t 100% overcome the corner’s dangerous past. Last November, the Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles Hynes, indicted 11 people on charges of gun possession and drug dealing at the intersection.
But as everyone knows, change takes time. So while remnants of the intersection’s past remains, the intersection has still had quite a makeover. In fact, many new patrons to the restaurants, cafes, and bars are not even aware of the corner’s dangerous past.