Friday, April 2, 2010

Cobble Hill Residents Fear the Barneys Co-op Will Make the Neighborhood Pretentious

Barneys had been scouting Brooklyn for a location for years before settling on a space on Court Street and Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill. Barneys executive VP Karl Hermanns calls the store "overdue." From the Daily News:

"I don't think you'll find a single woman around here to complain about Barneys coming to town," she said. "Pretty soon, I'll be able to get all my shopping done in Brooklyn. A few more nice restaurants and I might swear off the city altogether."

But the paper did find a man to complain about it.

Jon Light, 57, a musician who lives two blocks from the future Barneys, wasn't so thrilled. "It's just more of the Manhattanization of downtown," he said.

"When I think Barneys, I think of SoHo and Chelsea and all that pretension," he added. "That's one of the things I like about living in Brooklyn, it's not pretentious."

So says the person complaining about a Barneys Co-op.

Barney's Co-op joining Trader Joe's and Urban Outfitters in downtown Brooklyn [NYDN]

By: Amy Odell

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