Dear MY Brooklyn,
What happened to us? You raised me from birth then left me out to dry; And with your departure you took so many people, places, and things that I loved for as long as I can remember. What used to be Empire Skating Rink is now just another unnecessary (and mostly empty) storage unit. There are chain restaurants where there used to be mom & pop shops. The people you allowed in after years of them being afraid of you don't even appreciate your beauty! They see brownstones and want high rises. They hear block parties and want silence. I’ve tried, I have truly tried my hardest to accept and grow with the new you, but you make it so hard when you seemingly choose them over us. Were we so bad that we did not deserve the new City Point then? Were our children so wild that they did not deserve Brooklyn Bridge Park with all its new places to play, eat, and just SAFELY be a kid? And what about what it costs to find a place to live here now? I grew up dreaming of my first apartment with you. Now that’s all it is, a dream. One which you've made attainable for your new “friends” while making it completely out of reach for the old ones. If you open your eyes and look around you’ll see that you're still loved and appreciated by us, I just hope you show us you feel the same before it’s too late.