Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Atlantic Center: Brooklyn's Latest Hotbed of Crime

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Look at all those logos! Who wouldnt feel safe?
  • Look at all those logos! Who wouldn't feel safe?
Last summer, The L sent one of our newest interns to the Atlantic Center to buy chairs. He was promptly jumped outside the shopping mall and relieved of $35, as well as the company credit card. Perhaps it was a harbinger of things to come: the Post reports this morning that the area has become a hotbed of crime.

Just before the New Year, a woman shopping at the Burlington Coat Factory lost her purse. Then, last week, two thieves took a teenager's cell phone outside the Atlantic Terminal Mall. A few days later, a teenager's jaw was broken by five attackers inside Best Buy. The next day, a Target employee was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of giftcards. The same day, a new mother's purse was grabbed from out of her stroller!

Could unfettered capitalism be a breeding ground for criminality, petty and otherwise? In case you're worried, however, that the area is in decline, your elected leaders have already taken steps to improve the area. After all, nothing makes a community safer (short of an actual feeling of community) than an enormous slab calling itself a basketball stadium. Which is to say, the area was already a hotbed of (white collar) wrongdoing; perhaps it's not wealth that trickles down, but criminality.

[photo]

Tags: , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Henry Stewart

  • The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

    Anna Karina holds a candelabra, Ed Wood wears an angora sweater, and everything in between.
    • Sep 10, 2014
  • The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

    A bumper Labor Day weekend, starring prepubscent Dean Stockwell, dead-and-hating-it Klaus Kinski, and Lauren Bacall.
    • Aug 27, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

Most Shared Stories

Top Viewed Stories

Top Topics in The Measure

Film (14)


Music (8)


Art (6)


Theater (1)


© 2014 The L Magazine
Website powered by Foundation