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    In 1899, Dean Alvord purchased a 50-acre tract of Brooklyn farmland to develop a new neighborhood, Prospect Park South. He envisioned this community as “rus in urbe,” the country in the city. Crucial to cultivating this rural atmosphere were the Flatbush Malls, a series of grass medians along Albemarle Road; these were to be communal oases for the neighborhood’s residents. Yet for most of their existence the malls have sat unused, simply becoming eye-pleasing ornamentation for car passengers to glance at while whizzing by. The arrival of COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown has brought fundamental changes to daily existence, including life along Albemarle Road. The Flatbush Malls have finally become the sanctuary that Alvord had intended them to be, although...