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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

Museum Director Arnold Lehman Doth Protest Too Much

Yet more press coverage of the demonstration protesting the Brooklyn Museum's celebration of Atlantic Yards proposer Bruce Ratner (if you haven't endorsed this open letter to the Museum board, you still can):
Brooklyn Developer Ratner Feted as Protesters Jeer
By Patrick Cole. Bloomberg News

The Brooklyn Museum gala honoring developer Bruce Ratner brought out scores of celebrities, friends and supporters last night, as well as detractors who stood in the evening chill to protest his plans to make over a 22-acre swath of the New York borough.

Guests who paid $1,000 for dinner and a reception catered by chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa's Nobu 57 restaurant included a cross- section of stars from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, art and finance: designer Marc Jacobs, former tennis great John McEnroe, actress Kristin Davis and Grammy Award-winning rapper Kanye West, who served up an ear-splitting performance after dinner.

Meanwhile, Clem Labine, a resident of Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, stood outside with about 60 others who jeered and chanted slogans in opposition to the project. Labine, no relation to the former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who died a year ago at 80, held a placard that said, ``Brooklyn Museum Sold Out Brooklyn's Communities.''

Labine said Ratner's $4 billion Atlantic Yards project will rely on the government's power of eminent domain to push people out of their homes.

"I heard about this a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't believe it,'' said Labine, 70, dressed in a black bowler, business suit and a black tie. "Ratner is a totally divisive character, and I had to protest this decision by the museum.''

Pineapple Pillows

A clutch of demonstrators watched the guests through the museum's ground-floor windows as they dined on tuna martini, miso filet of beef and, for dessert, pineapple pillows.

After dinner, a smiling Ratner shook hands with well-wishers and shrugged off the protest.
"One of the terrific things about this city and country is that people are allowed to express their views, they're allowed to protest, and I respect that,'' he said in an interview. "Obviously, I don't agree with them, and the museum doesn't agree with them.''

The Brooklyn Ball, the 185-year-old museum's spring fundraiser, chose Ratner for the Augustus Graham Medal (named for one of the institution's founders), because of his philanthropic support, Director Arnold Lehman said in an interview.

Lehman declined to say how much Ratner had donated to the museum. Ratner said he's been a donor for about 15 years.
The Atlantic Yards Report has some information on that. The article continues:
"Honoring Bruce Ratner has nothing to do with anything other than his terrific patronage over a very long period of time,'' Lehman said. "We're not involved in the politics that seems to be swirling around us.''
The man doth protest too much.

Not involved? Swirling around you? What about this swirling within...

The Brooklyn Museum's Board includes: The April 3rd Brooklyn Ball 2008 Benefit Committee Chairs included (out of 8):
  • Joanne Minieri (the same)
  • Brett D. Yormark - President and CEO of Nets Sports & Entertainment (marketing guru)
  • Jay-Z - international hip hop star, and entrepreneur and .8% owner of the Nets
And committee vice chairs include: And let's not forget that it was the Brooklyn Museum that hosted the Forest City Ratner/Barclays gala press event announcing the $400 million arena naming rights deal.

Mr. Lehman, with all due respect, when you decided to honor and celebrate Bruce Ratner in the midst of an ongoing epic community fight, you've involved yourself in "the politics that seem to be swirling around" you, next door to you.

Posted: 4.04.08
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