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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

Atlantic Yards: 20 Court Decisions v. 20-ish Lies

Not that it really matters, but when Ratner's team keeps saying they've won "20 court decisions" and the newspapers run the quote without fact-checking, we need to debunk it--NoLandGrab has done us that favor. (If the newspapers want to defend themselves by saying they are just quoting Ratner, okay, then please quote this: "DDDB has completed a hostile takeover of Forest City Enterprises (FCEA) and its new CEO has promptly pulled the plug on the besieged Atlantic Yards project and shut down their Brooklyn subsidiary Forest City Ratner Companies. Former CEO Chuck Ratner will remain on the DDDBFC Board in a non-voting position."

Without lying, we now list for you 20 Atlantic Yards lies from the Forest City Ratner team and Bruce Ratner—there are plenty more but we are striving for symmetry (we failed). In no particular order:
  1. There will be 50% affordable housing in Atlantic Yards. (LIE, do the math: 6,430 units, 2,250 so-called "affordable")
  2. There will be a public open space on the arena roof. (LIE)
  3. There will be a private green roof on the arena. (LIE)
  4. Ratner spokesman Loren Reigelhaupt: “When it comes to sharing information with the public and governmental bodies, there’s no such thing as too much, as far as we are concerned."
  5. Atlantic Yards will take 10 years to build. (LIE)
  6. Atlantic Yards went through a rigorous public process. (LIE)
  7. Atlantic Yards will create 15,000 construction jobs. (LIE)
  8. Atlantic Yards will create 10,000 permanent jobs. (LIE)
  9. "The $6 Billion Lie." (LIE)
  10. Liar Fliers: Liar Flier 1, Liar Flier 2, Liar Flier 3
  11. Arena will open in 2006.
    "Arena development to begin at the end of 2004, with completion set for summer of 2006." (LIE, see page 5)
  12. Arena will open in 2007.
    Ratner flack Joe DePlasco claimed, "There’s no reason to think the team is not moving to Brooklyn for the 2007 season." (LIE)
  13. Arena will open in 2008. (LIE, see page 14)
  14. Arena will open in 2009. (LIE)
  15. Arena will open in 2010. (LIE)
  16. Ratner says bid to MTA for Vanderbilt Yards more valuable than Extell Development Company's bid. (LIE)
  17. Bruce Ratner said that Atlantic Yards would “not touch the existing tax base.” (LIE)
  18. Mr. Ratner said that the project ''will be almost exclusively privately financed..." (LIE)
  19. Ratner told the Times in 2003 that only one block in the footprint had apartment buildings, with about 100 residents.(LIE, each non-rail yard block has apartments and residents--still!--with about 400 residents when he said this.)
  20. Ratner's website said Frank Gehry was born in Brooklyn. He wasn't. (LIE)
  21. Ratner said he'd build a "new 21st Century Brooklyn Tech High School." (LIE)
  22. Ratner says he is "progressive." (LIE, he isn't.)
  23. Ratner repeatedly says that they've won "20 court decisions." (LIE)
  24. Ratner said "I have never, ever seen a project get less protest than this." (LIE)
  25. Ratner attorney Jeffrey Braun admits $5.6 billion lie in court affidavit. (LIE)
  26. Ratner attorney Jeffrey Braun: “This is not Times Square, the crossroads of the world,” Braun said, referencing a previously-cited eminent domain case. “This is completely derelict." (LIE)
  27. Ratner spokesman shows misleading rendering to NY Times, exaggerting arena setbacks from street. Spokeman later gives precise setbacks. (Not quite a LIE but misleading enough to be close.)
  28. (EXTRA CREDIT, an alleged lie.) From The Brooklyn Paper:
    Bruce Ratner is a money-grubbing liar who tricked a well-connected businessman into investing $6 million of his own money to help Ratner acquire the New Jersey Nets with promises that he “never had any intention of fulfilling,” a bombshell lawsuit charged last week."

    Eugene Greene contributed the hefty sum — and rounded up another $25 million from other investors — to help Ratner buy the Nets in 2004, but now claims that the Atlantic Yards developer reneged on his promises to make Greene “the glue that helps run this team.”

    Ratner made “repeated promises and representations of ever-increasing perquisites to Greene,” according to the businessman’s lawsuit, which was filed last week in Manhattan Supreme Court, and seeks $20 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
    Ratner, said Greene, “never had any intention of fulfilling” the promises, which included making Greene a member of the Nets’ Board of Governors, where he could “interact with other high-worth investors … for further and ever-increasing business and financial gain.”

    When Greene confronted Ratner with the alleged breach of contract at the end of 2004, Ratner told him, “I don’t remember what I said. As you know, I have a memory problem,” the court papers said...

Posted: 6.25.08
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