BCAT's Reporter Roundtable
Monday, February 23 at 1:30pm & 9:30pm
Thursday, February 26 at 1:30pm & 9:30pm
Gersh Kuntzman of the Brooklyn Paper is joined by Rich Calder of the New York
Post, Sherry Karabin of Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review and
Daniel Goldstein of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn. On their discussion ‘menu’:
news that’s grabbing headlines and the status of the controversial Atlantic
The show will air on Monday, Feb. 23; and Thursday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 and 9:30.
Time-Warner subscribers will find the show on channel 56, while Cablevision
customers will see it on channel 69.
Or, watch below (Atlantic Yards discussion starts at 9:55):
Councilman David Yassky is quoted throughout the Atlantic Yards segment, transcribed
below. He has some very interesting things to say:
"I don't think the project as put forward by Forest City Ratner
and approved by the State is going to be built. There just isn't the funding
for it. It doesn't work in this economy. It's really time to go back to basics
and say 'what do we want at that site?' Now of course we want housing—we want
affordable housing—we don't want it on the giant scale that was proposed but
we do want housing, and affordable housing. Let's start with that now."
"If they [Forest City Ratner] come in and say no we're not gonna
do or we can't do these [MTA] transit improvements, they should lose every single
right they have for that project."And:
"It's time for the Paterson administration to take charge of
this project. It's a state approved project, the state government is calling
the shots, they at least have the authority to. It's time for them to really
get engaged."Of course, neither the Empire State Development Corporation nor Forest City Ratner would comment for the segment.