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Atlantic Avenue

The lower stretch of this wide tree-lined avenue
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Atlantic Avenue is anchored on one end by the Atlantic Avenue transit hub and Downtown Brooklyn's YWCA, and the East River on the other end. Along the street, passersby find a diversity of businesses, including antique stores, Middle Eastern restaurants, butchers, clothing and general stores, West Indian restaurants, thrift stores, and more recently, designer boutiques. Downtown Brooklyn's primary Department of Corrections facility (now closed) attracted a number of storefront attorneys to the area, in addition to several bail bondsmen. This stretch of Atlantic Avenue is now undergoing a revitalization under the leadership of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation.