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New romantic comedic novel ‘Million Dollar View’ stars real estate agent and Slope artist characters

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There’s nothing like a little gentrification to get the sparks flying.

In her first-ever self-published book, “Million Dollar View,” author Silver Krieger explores the ever-changing demographics of New York City through a story about a real estate agent tasked with clearing out a Park Slope building of its artsy women residents — but instead finds himself in a tight predicament when he falls in love with a rebellious painter who has no intention of moving out.

“I wanted to write a romantic comedy and this is how it came out with little social, political implicatio­ns,” said the native Manhattanite, who lived in Park Slope for 16 years before moving to Sunset Park more than a year ago.

The story behind the story is one of an unlikely muse. Krieger said that developer Bruce Ratner and his Atlantic Yards megaproject inspired her to start penning the 186-page novel three years ago.

“The Atlantic Yards controversy was so front-and-center for so long that it made the issue of gentrification hard to get away from,” she said. “The issue of old versus new was captivating to me.”

Not just using a topical issue to prop up her story, the author also wrote from experience when it came to the changing demographics of Park Slope.

“I’ve seen the neighborhood change a lot,” said the wordsmith, who lived in a run-down rent-stabilized apartment on President Street with no heat for eight years. “It was a great rent, but only a place artists would live.”

The author said that the clash between the struggling artist-types of the neighborhood and the influx of stroller-pushing parents also worked as inspiration for the book that she published a year ago through the independent Manhattan bookstore McNally Jackson.

But what hits closest to home for the author is the book’s co-protagonist Nicole De Gioia, who lives and paints in the apartment above the lesbian bar that’s in danger of being bulldozed — and who becomes real estate agent Flynn Sharpe’s unlikely love interest.

“Some of the rants the character goes on are definitely me more than anyone else,” said Krieger, who added that the Park Slope building in the story is supposed to be on Fifth Avenue somewhere between Ninth and Union streets. The layout of the ground level bar is inspired by Fifth Avenue’s Ginger’s Bar, she added.

The book makes references and unfolds scenes in real-life Fifth Avenue businesses like Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Al Di La Trattoria, and the Gowanus Canal area. The novel also makes hints to the corporatization of the neighborhood through the mention of Seventh Avenue’s Starbucks and Barnes and Noble.

“This book is about exploring about what I think beyond the black and white issues,” said Krieger, whose prose is accompanied by 12 drawings by Brooklyn artist Keith DuQuette.

“I would like people to be able to get a little bit of humorous respite from the difficult complications of an issue like [gentrification] and hope that I’m able to illuminate some of the different aspects and different angles of general concern.”

Silver Krieger’s “Million Dollar View,” at Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. at S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246–0200, www.greenlightbookstore.com]. $14.95.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Silver the author from sunset park says:
You can also order my book online at Amazon, buy it online and in store at McNally Jackson books in Soho, and the Barnes and Noble in Park Slope, or any store, can order it for you (it is available through a major distributor).
June 1, 2013, 8:31 am
Suzanne from Greenpoint says:
Great review of one of my new favorite books! I found Million Dollar View at a Greenlight, and it's incredible—hilarious and insightful. A must-read for anyone seeking love or friendship in Brooklyn. I only wish my next-door neighbors were as funny as Flynn and Nicole. So good.
June 1, 2013, 10:09 am
Darryl from Lefferts Manor says:
Insightful and delightful! What could have been an angry rant turned out to be a comedic romp through the streets of Brooklyn. Capturing quite skillfully the intricacies of both sides of the debate, with fully developed complex characters. The plot kept twisting, the laughs kept coming, with surprises till the very end. I felt refreshed while reading it, and not so alone in my sadness for what Brooklyn has turned, and keeps turning into. I'm waiting for the Cult TV series...
June 1, 2013, 10:42 am
Camilla from Harlem says:
LOVED this book! As a lifetime New Yorker, I can SO relate. You got the real estate business and us victims of gentrification dead right. Thanks for a great read, Ms. Krieger.
June 1, 2013, 10:46 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
When is the BK Paper finally going to get a better comment system? Is it really ok to let this stuff be posted? At some point this is a liability. Your open to libel, hate speech and threats. Get it together.
June 1, 2013, 5:09 pm
Gracie from Bed-Stuy says:
The spam in this comments section is out of control. T-Bone has it right: Get it together, BK Paper. Is no one moderating these posts? A troll posing as the author of this book and posting obscenities? COME ON, WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?
June 2, 2013, 10:50 am
K. from Arkady says:
HEY! PAY ATTENTION TO ME!

That's what's going on here.
June 2, 2013, 1:22 pm
For from Mica says:
More BP censors at work, making sure bourgeoisie sensibilities aren't offended. Or simply just lonely prudes. Probably both.
June 3, 2013, 7:17 am

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