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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

"Done Deal" Coming Undone.

Blogosphere coverage of the rally
via NoLandGrab.org
More blogo coverage of boffo rally against bizarro/blotto project via NoLandGrab.org

Protesters: Arena on slippery slope Fight over future of jobs, affordable housing in heart of Brooklyn
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 needs careers."

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."

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Neighbors 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 own people."

"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.
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B'klyn 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."

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Celebrity 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 right thing."

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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.

Posted: 7.17.06
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Eminent Domain Case
Goldstein et al v. ESDC
[All case files]

November 24, 2009
Court of Appeals

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EIS Lawsuit

DDDB et al v ESDC et al
Click for a summary of the lawsuit seeking to annul the review and approval the Atlantic Yards project.

Appeal briefs are here.

Appellate Divsion
Rules for ESDC
What would Atlantic Yards Look like?...
Photo Simulations
Before and After views from around the project footprint revealing the massive scale of the proposed luxury apartment and sports complex.

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