Getting Hooked in Brooklyn

There’s nothing like kicking back, baiting up and enjoying a little fishing on a nice day. Just ask George Hayes, who has been fishing in Prospect Park since 1963.

The Brooklyn native has seen the park at its best and at its worse. He says there was a time that he wouldn’t even enter the park because he feared he might get mugged.

But once the park started to clean up, he was hooked again. But now there’s a new threat that may push him away from the place where he finds solitude—the rising rent prices in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.


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