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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

"That Money Has to Come From Somewhere"

The NY Times article on the Barclays naming rights payday for Bruce Ratner has some very interesting quotes. Also the article claims the arena cost is $550 million, whereas since July, 2006 the developer and the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) have stated that the price tag is $637 million. And that number doesn't even include the debt service on the arena bond which will be much higher.

The Times article also fails to mention the fact that currently the legal viability of the arena is under review by a federal court.

Now let's get this straight and clear. The ESDC called this a public arena, so why does this payday go to Ratner? Well The Times article explains it very well, from this anonymous source, aka "one of the people with knowledge of the deal," commenting on how the arena would be paid for:
“That money has to come from somewhere,” he said.
Well, that explains it. But seriously, perhaps that somewhere should be Forest City Enterprises, its shareholders and Nets' investors.

Some more fascinating quotes:
...The city’s deputy mayor for economic development, Daniel L. Doctoroff, called the sponsorship deal particularly impressive given that Barclays does not even have retail banks in this country.

“To have an international investment bank without a major local presence to invest the way they are in the image of Brooklyn and the image of New York just is a remarkable vote of confidence,” Doctoroff said yesterday. “The idea of using Brooklyn and New York to build a global brand is one that we think is a very wise investment.”...
Thanks Dan, indeed a lot of us have been feeling used. Great way to promote local (or even national businesses). Sure, it suits the "image of Brooklyn and New York" under the guidance of Deputy Mayor Doctoroff: eminent domain abuse, sweetheart backroom deals for friends of the Administration, sops to developer friends with no regard for the communities of the city and land grabs.

And finally:
...Brian Schecter, an analyst who tracks naming rights for Kagan Research, said that while he did not know the details of the deal, it sounded like a good one for Forest City...
Indeed. Congrats Forest City!

Read the full article.

As reported in the article there is a noon time press conference today (Thursday) at the Brooklyn Museum of Art to announce this lucrative agreement between the Ohio-based Forest City Enterprises and the London-based Barclays Bank.



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