“Brooklyn is the face of New York now,” said Gaetan Rousseau, a producer of the sitcom, “Brooklyn Taxi,” about a police detective who has become a laughingstock at her Brooklyn precinct because she is a rotten driver. She depends on a cabby — and his souped-up taxi — to go where the criminals are.Interesting that his perspective is based on eight years in Brooklyn, since change started long before then and--at least at the Atlantic Yards site--was frozen by then.
Mr. Rousseau and the show’s French producers say that Brooklyn has become a selling point in Europe for a show with a $35 million budget and 12 episodes now being shot. Audiences in places where “Brooklyn Taxi” will be broadcast have heard all about Brooklyn’s renaissance over the last 10 to 15 years, including the Nets basketball team and the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the team’s majority owner; the rap artist Jay-Z; the Atlantic Yards development; and hipsters.
“Brooklyn is more than Manhattan,” said Mr. Rousseau, who has lived in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, for eight years. “I live, like, four blocks from the Barclays Center. I see the change. It could have been ‘New York Taxi,’ but if you live in Brooklyn, you know there are no yellow cabs, so ‘Brooklyn Taxi,’ it’s funny.”
This watchdog blog, by journalist Norman Oder, offers analysis, commentary, and reportage about the $4.9B project to build the Barclays Center arena and 15-16 towers at a crucial site in Brooklyn. Dubbed Atlantic Yards by developer Forest City Ratner in 2003, it was rebranded Pacific Park Brooklyn in 2014 after the Chinese government-owned Greenland Group bought a 70% stake going forward. As of 2018, after the arena and four towers were built, Greenland will own 95% of future construction.