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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

We're Focused on the Big Picture, Not the Bagel Hole
The Brooklyn Paper published a story headlined Battle over arena … bagels!

The article spins a tale of a new bagel shop to open on Fifth Avenue not far from Forest City Ratner's proposed Barclays Center Arena. The shop's entrepreneur owner, Mr. Ravi Aggarwal, chose to call his bagel shop "Arena Bagels" trying to capitalize on his location. According to the article, Mr. Aggarwal received numerous complaints from local neighbors upset about the arena and the shop's name. Rather quickly he realized that it might be best for his new business if he changed the name, and apparently that is what he will now do.

In the article Mr. Aggarwal admits that he knew basically nothing about the "Atlantic Yards" project and did not know the sentiment of the neighboring communities. He meant no harm, and once he did hear enough complaints he decided to change the name.

That's the story.

But the article states that the "Atlantic Yards" opposition "planned to protest outside Aggarwal's store if it remained 'Arena Bagels.'"

To be clear, DDDB did not organize (or threaten to organize) any "protest" aginst Mr. Aggarwal's shop. Any concern or anger expressed towards the shop's namesake was spontaneously brought by individuals.

While having absolutely no position on Arena Bagels, we understand that people were turned off by the name, and might have complained about the arena and associated megadevelopment tie-in—a development that is a bad deal for Brooklyn.

DDDB is not in the business of attacking new entrepreneur businesses and our eye is on the big picture. So we want to clarify that we did not plan any protest. To the contrary, we continue to lead the community in litigation and advocating for development over Vanderbilt Yards that will work for all of Brooklyn.

We are against "Atlantic Yards" while advocating for responsible, democratic development over the Vanderbilt Rail Yards. We believe that the use of eminent domain for the project violates the U.S. Constitution and we have organized and continue to raise funds for a lawsuit alleging just that in federal court. We also believe that the environmental review of the project was deeply flawed and we have gone to court to make that challenge, organizing 25 co-plaintiff gropus and leading the fundraising effort to fund that suit. We have also endorsed the UNITY 2007 workshop to create a community-based plan for the rail yards should the plaintiffs win these lawsuits and/or "Atlantic Yards" falters.

As for Mr. Aggarwal's bagels, whether the shop is called Slim's Bagels or Arena Bagels, we'll take an everything with scallion cream cheese.

Posted: 5.18.07
DDDB.net en español.
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Eminent Domain Case
Goldstein et al v. ESDC
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November 24, 2009
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EIS Lawsuit

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