New book “The Brooklyn Wars” to rake muck of Nets arena deal

I know I already ask my readers here to become Supporters of this site (which reminds me, I need to set my next members-only chat date soon), but I do want to alert you to another project I’ve just launched that may be of interest: “The Brooklyn Wars,” a book drawing on my decade-plus of reporting on the massive changes that my home borough has undergone.

I’ve launched a Kickstarter site where you can preorder the book and win fabulous rewards. (One FoS reader has already availed himself of the “Go to a Nets game with Neil and have him complain about the terrible sightlines the whole time” level.) And yes, there will be sports subsidy content: One of the four main sections will focus on the machinations behind the construction of the Brooklyn Nets arena and what it’s meant for its Prospect Heights neighborhood and Brooklyn as a whole since.

Please check it out if you’re interested — and given the way nearly every city seems to have its own burgeoning mini-Brooklyn, or at least is trying to create one by force of will, it’s a story that should have relevance far beyond the confines of one borough. Besides which, everybody is fascinated by Brooklyn, right?


6 comments on “New book “The Brooklyn Wars” to rake muck of Nets arena deal

  1. You need to mention something about “Reading Rainbow” in your Kickstarter.

  2. ChefJoe: If I’m signing it, I can use a blueberry-scented pen, sure. Or, you know, like spill maple syrup on it.

  3. Chuchundra: I probably should have mentioned my time as a Starfleet chief engineer, too, but I didn’t want to brag.

  4. It’s weird to hear your name said aloud. For me it will always be Da-Mouse.

    I will make a pledge soon. Maybe ask Spike Lee if he wants to spread the word or provide some thoughts for the book. He has been very vocal about gentrification in Brooklyn.

  5. Thanks, Dave!

    Spike Lee’s gentrification rant (“How you walking around Brooklyn with a Larry Bird jersey on? You can’t do that.”) was indeed a classic. Though it’s more than a bit ironic that the first time many white New Yorkers got interested in Fort Greene as a neighborhood was as “that place where Spike Lee has his store”:

    http://www.nytimes.com/1997/12/14/nyregion/neighborhood-report-fort-greene-the-marquee-remains-but-spike-s-joint-is-closed.html

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