In honor of Dorcas Reilly, the inventor of the Green Bean Casserole and Campbell Soup Kitchen Supervisor, who passed away on October 15, 2018 at the age of 92, I re-blog this post. The website with her recipe got 2.7 MILLION hits last Thanksgiving. In a fair world, her recipe would have made her rich. Sad to say, she just had to settle for famous. RIP Dorcas.
Late last summer, I had my first chance to visit Brooklyn, which might well qualify as the current poster child for upscaling. Yuppies, having been shagged out of even the Lower East Side, have flocked to Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and transformed them. A walk through Park Slope or Williamsburg or Crown Heights, which was once a matter of taking your life into your hands, is now dangerous only in that you have to watch out for Lululemon-encased mommies jogging at midday while pushing their spawn in designer turbo-strollers. Despite that minor annoyance, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is gorgeous, and is every bit as pleasant as Manhattan’s more famous Olmsted-designed open spaces.
Such upscaling is not necessarily all a bad thing. Park Slope, Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Flatbush, and a dozen other Brooklyn neighborhoods, once dens of decidedly dark-side dealings, are today as safe as pie – “sanitized for your protection,” as a friend…
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