coverage of the rally via NoLandGrab.org
blogo coverage of boffo rally against bizarro/blotto project via
Arena on slippery slope Fight over future of jobs, affordable housing in heart
Metro New York. By Amy Zimmer
..."This deal is coming undone," DDDB spokesman Dan Goldstein
told the crowd, despite the fact that the state’s Environmental Impact
Statement, which reviews the project’s potential neighborhood effects,
is expected to be released tomorrow. "It’s suffering from a long-term
illness and needs to be put out of its misery. There can be an arena in Brooklyn
without eminent domain. There’s a place called Coney Island."...
But Bob Law, a former radio host and Black Panther, told the crowd that "Ratner
is trying to recreate how our city operates."
"We’re not opposed to development, but we’re opposed to the
process," Law said. “When people say we are opposed to jobs, I am.
I’m opposed to the temporary, dead-end jobs Ratner is offering. My community
Actress Rosie Perez also criticized Ratner for what she called "propaganda"
— claims the project would bring jobs and housing to the poor and middle
class. And she also shot at rapper Jay-Z, who has a small share in the Nets
ownership. "I love you Jay, but where’s the love?” she said.
“I think, in a way, he’s being used. There are other places the
Nets can go."
and celebs protest Atlantic Yards
amNewYork. By Michael Clancy City Editor
Is the controversial Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn a done deal?
Not by a long shot. That was the simple message at Grand Army Plaza Sunday about
the housing, office and sports complex proposed by developer Bruce Ratner.
"Done deal? Fugghedaboutit," insisted emcee Roger Paz, a 10-year resident
of Prospect Heights, and a bartender at Freddy's Bar and Backroom, a bar and
music venue that would be swallowed by the development...
Councilwoman Letitia James, who represents the district that includes MTA-owned
property at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, called the project a "big scam,"
a "boondoggle of all history," and a "hostile takeover"
in which "elected officials are complicit in the conspiracy against their
"Instant gentrification" was how Councilman Charles Barron characterized
it. Both officials, who are black, said the project was a class issue -- not
an issue of race as its been characterized.
"Affordable housing -- affordable to who?" asked Barron.
Stars Come Out To Rip Ratner
NY Post. By Tatiana Deligiannakis And Stefanie Cohen
..."It ain't a done deal yet. With all your help, we have a real chance
to undo [it]," actor, director and Park Sloper Steve Buscemi told a massive
crowd braving scorching temperatures.
Actress Rosie Perez, a Brooklyn native who has long opposed the project, called
it "an insult to the poor."
"The quality of life that people are enjoying in this neighborhood is going
to be gone [if Ratner's plan is realized]," she predicted.
The protest was organized by 30 community groups, including Develop Don't Destroy
Brooklyn, whose spokesman, Daniel Goldstein, said the state may issue an environmental-impact
review as early as this week.
The rally, he said, was meant to "draw attention to the fact that
there's a massive grass-roots opposition movement to this project."
War Over Ratner in Brooklyn
Village Voice Power Plays. By Neil deMause
...Interviews with the attendees who crowded into the thin slice of shade
at the entrance to Prospect Park revealed that while there was the usual disagreement
about just what was wrong with the project--some worried the planned Nets arena
was the dumb part, others that the condo towers would lead to traffic congestion
and school overcrowding, still others that favorite local spots like Freddy's
bar would fall to Ratner's wrecking ball--"too damn tall" was the
one thing everyone could agree on. "Totally oblivious to the contextual
nature of the neighborhood," concluded Marion Goldberg, a Lincoln Place
resident who served as project director for the Atlantic Terminal site in the
'70s. "We need something that combines the neighborhoods, not divides them,"
declared her fellow Sloper Marty Goldin, himself a real-estate developer.
Much of the crowd seemed to come from adjacent Park Slope--one woman admitted,
"If I didn't live across the street, I probably wouldn't have come on such
a hot day"-- but most saw this as a borough battle, not a neighborhood
one. "I haven't really thought of that," replied protestor James Bernard
when asked how his current abode on Prospect Park West would be affected if
the Ratner towers were built a mile to the north. "I'm thinking of Brooklyn
as a whole. This is not a Not In My Back Yard kind of thing."
As for Zanes, he attempted to lead the crowd in a singalong of "We Shall
Not Be Moved" (they weren't), but ended up upstaged by the likes of congressional
candidate Chris Owens, who belted out an a cappella anti-Ratner spiritual, not
to mention Buscemi's reading of a poem that began "Roses are red/I like
William Shatner/But I am opposed/to the Atlantic Yards project." The star
of stars for this day, though, might have been Rosie Perez, whose words were
few but pointed. Declaring herself "a person born and bred in Brooklyn,
born and bred without a lot of bread," she called out Ratner and his allies
for trying to buy off neighborhood opponents by promising them access to jobs
and housing. "This plan insults the poor, and we deserve better,"
said Perez to cheers. "Stop insulting the people of Brooklyn, and do the
|Ratner stock photo poster girl, T. Sahara Meer (Ratner
is treating all of Brooklyn as a stock photo) turned Develop Don't Destroy
Brooklyn super-volunteer poster woman.