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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

What do Teaneck, Cleveland and Edgemont Have To Do With the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards Project?

Last night's Community Board 2, 6 and 8 hosted "informational meeting" on Atlantic Yards with special guests Forest City Ratner Exec. VP and Atlantic Yards head honcho MaryAnne Gilmartin and Empire State Development Corporation Senior Counsel Steve Matlin turned into yet another scene of chaos and unenlightenment.

The most enlightening piece of information: Ratner and ESDC will not reveal the project models or renderings or cost-benefit analysis until after the project is given its second approval in early September. So, all the uproar at the meeting and hearings that will come next week is about an invisible project.

When union members shout "build it now" at such meetings, we'd like to know: Build what?


The comprehensive report on the 3-hour affair comes from Norman Oder on his Atlantic Yards ReportESDC, FCR face, answer, evade tough questions (subsidies, cost-benefit analysis, etc.); meeting marred by heckling and chaos.

Anything you'd want to know about this out-of-control meeting you can read about it in that report. But we want to focus on the opening comments made by Atlantic Yards boss MaryAnne Gilmartin.

As usual Forest City Ratner's supporters, including Reverend Herbert Daughtry, heckled and at times grabbed the mike which had supposedly been reserved only for panel members while the audience was supposed to only "speak" by submitting written questions.

As usual the heckling had a lot to do with who has been in Brooklyn longer, who is a "real Brooklynite." These supporters like to believe their own mythmaking that project proponents are Brooklyn natives or long time residents and opponents are "newcomers."

That's wrong, a myth.

But since that is the playing field they want to choose, we thought it would be nice for you to see/hear what was said in between the heckling by Teaneck, New Jersey resident Reverend Herbert Daughtry by Cleveland-based Forest City Ratner Executive VP MaryAnne Gilmartin of Edgemont, New York prior to opening remarks by the ESDC's Senior Counsel and Union County, NJ resident Steve Matlin. (Of course Upper East Side resident Bruce Ratner was not in attendance.)

Here is the video and some analysis by way of the Atlantic Yards Report:

(Video by Jonathan Barkey; edited by Norman Oder)
...Gilmartin, whom I erroneously predicted wouldn’t show up, then spoke with a determined edge in her voice. “It is approaching half a decade [sic] since Forest City embarked on the Atlantic Yards project” she said, and after committing “hundreds of millions in equity invested and not a single new building built”—and, as we learned, gaining an unspecified amount of subsidies—“our resolve is stronger than ever to build the project we committed to build early on: a world-class arena, thousands of new housing units, 2250 of which will be affordable, a new transit entrance, open space, a new railyard for the Long Island Rail Road.”
Actually it is well over six years since Ratner embarked on the project. Oder continues:
(Wait—wasn’t the project they committed to early on supposed to be designed by Frank Gehry, offer space for 10,000 office jobs, and include an upgraded railyard that would accommodate more trains rather than fewer?)

“While the world had change dramatically, the project’s scope and its benefits have not,” Gilmartin asserted, stating that delays and the economic crisis require value engineering and deferment of certain costs.

“Today, undeterred by an anemic economy and a relentless campaign of a few to delay the benefits to many,” she continued—in a bit of a hedge-- “Forest City stands committed to building the project as quickly as the market will allow.”
"Relentless campaign of a few...?" Really?

Ms. Gilmartin, the few were the ones sitting on the panel last night. The "relentless campaign of a few" is made up of thousands and thousands of donors and supporters of DDDB, scores of community organizations, and the opposition and critics include all of the elected officials representing districts around the project site.

It has been a relentless campaign by Forest City Ratner and its paid or indebted partners, in other words "the few," to attempt to steamroll and bulldoze a community with false promises and selfish motives.

Posted: 7.23.09
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