Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
Address: Bridge St. and Fulton Mall

A striking change has come to the Fulton Mall—where Nola meets her most promising suitor—since She’s Gotta Have It. While some large retailers like Macy’s have long been part of the landscape, many smaller, independent retailers managed to co-exist among them for decades. This created a rich and varied shopping area for locals. In recent years, international mega-retailers like Aéropostale and T.G.I. Friday’s-style chain restaurants have replaced the independent shops that once existed here.

As a recent New York Times article put it, "developers are hoping the influx of brand-name chains will finally lure them into what for decades has been a cherished destination for working-class shoppers.” We’re not sure what the construction site pictured here will turn into, but we’re confident that Uniqlo and H&M won’t rest until they are as ubiquitous as subway panhandlers and Mark Sanchez apologists. Fulton Mall may be next in line.