Prospect Heights, Brooklyn: New developments and the best things to do

When the Barclays Center opens this week in Prospect Heights, it will undoubtedly alter the small neighborhood. Find out more and see our picks for the best Prospect Heights spots.

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When the Barclays Center, at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, opens this week, one of the biggest—and most contentious—developments in Brooklyn’s recent history will be partially realized. The 19,000-seat stadium, part of the larger Atlantic Yards complex, houses the Brooklyn Nets, the borough’s first pro sports team since the Dodgers departed for L.A. in 1957. Beginning September 28, Kings County native (and stadium booster) Jay-Z will play eight sold-out shows, with other big acts, including Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga, performing in the next several months. The project has been controversial from the start, and since before construction began in 2010, officials and locals have voiced concerns about quality-of-life issues, such as increased traffic and noise. Rising rents have driven out some local businesses, while others are attempting to capitalize on the influx of potential customers. Two dozen new bars in the area have requested liquor licenses in the past 12 months, compared with eight the year before, and neighboring restaurants are anticipating increased foot traffic. “We’re amping up our grab-and-go items,” says Francine Stephens, owner of Bklyn Larder (228 Flatbush Ave between Bergen St and St. Marks Ave; 718-783-1250, bklynlarder.com). Meanwhile, the Modell’s Sporting Goods store near the arena has undergone renovations, and its owners expect to rake in dough from Nets merchandise. Although it remains to be seen how the Barclays Center will affect the neighborhood in the long term, one thing is for sure: These shifts are only the beginning for Prospect Heights.


Where to go

Brooklyn Museum

Spend a day wandering through the borough’s premier arts institution, one of the oldest museums in the city. • 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

  1. 200 Eastern Pkwy, (at Washington Ave)
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Franny’s

Thin, bubbly, locavore pizzas are the soul of this operation. A planned expansion to a larger space two blocks farther down Flatbush Avenue is set for later in the fall, but until then, the wait at the original is worth it. • 718-230-0221, frannysbrooklyn.com

  1. 295 Flatbush Ave, (between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave), 11217
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Unnameable Books

This narrow bookshop, originally located on Flatbush Avenue, carries a wide variety of genres, as well as a selection of used tomes, many of which can be found on carts outside the store for as little as $1 each. • 718-789-1534

  1. 600 Vanderbilt Ave, (between Dean St and St. Marks Ave)
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Branded Saloon

This cowboy-inspired drinkery hosts a number of LGBT-friendly events, including a monthly queer country-music shindig and a weekly bingo night. • 718-484-8704, brandedsaloon.com

  1. 603 Vanderbilt Ave, (at Bergen St)
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Bitter & Esters

Hops-heads can load up on malts, grains and equipment at this home-brewing store. The space doubles as a classroom, offering weekly instruction on how to make suds. • 917-596-7261, bitterandesters.com

  1. 700 Washington Ave, (between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave), 11238
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