Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Times, in coverage of sale of Dean Street house, says noise from arena generally "negligible"

The New York Times's Appraisal columnist, who seems verry interested in Brooklyn but less so in Queens or The Bronx, has, in the spirit of her not so reliable coverage of Daniel Goldstein's house, written House in Barclays Center’s Shadow Is Snapped Up:
At the end of February, that little yellow clapboard house at 474 Dean Street was put up for sale, listed for $1.495 million. And despite a domineering neighbor — or perhaps because of it — the owners of that house received an offer, which they planned to accept, after less than two weeks.
Except it's not really the house but the site, which "allows for the construction of a somewhat taller residential building that can include commercial space." You can bet there's a valuable retail outlet to install--or, perhaps, a very carefully constructed new residential building.

The quiet arena

Also curious is the Times's rather positive description of the area: though one resident points to "dozens of flattened cigarette butts on the sidewalk" and shrubs used as a urinal, some neighbors disagree:
“It’s actually way less intrusive than we thought it would be,” said Sally Morgridge, who moved into her boyfriend’s apartment in December. “Though it does depend on who’s playing.”
“It turns out wrestling fans are very loud,” she explained, “and after a big basketball game there are crowds out chanting ‘Brooklyn.’ My boyfriend tells me Justin Bieber fans were quite loud.”
Ok, "very loud," "chanting," and "quite loud." How, then, can the Times tells us that, "[i]n general, residents said that the noise was negligible, less noticeable than sirens from a nearby firehouse and police station"?

Which residents? There's no one quoted. After all, it's not just noise from arena patrons, it's all the trucks idling in the streets--and the occasional concert with bass that penetrates residences. Not so neglible.

The value of free tickets

The article states:
Lourdes Pacheco, who has lived at 478 Dean Street since the early 1980s, said she loved being able to scamper across the street to take in a show or a game, which she had done six times. (The Marc Anthony concert was particularly good, she said.)
Unmentioned: the arena has given away some free or discounted tickets to neighbors, likely including Ms. Pacheco.

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