The Heroes and Villains of New York City

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09/30/2009 4:00 AM |


Daniel Goldstein

Before the Great Recession, opponents of the Atlantic Yards project had to declare that the out-of-scale sweetheart-dealt development wasn’t a done deal; now its dwindling public supporters have to declare–with Forest City Ratner on its third design for a Nets arena at Flatbush and Atlantic, with no announced plans whatsoever for the rest of the infrastructure-crushing, neighborhood-upending towers–that the project isn’t dead yet. Much of this is due to the formerly quixotic-seeming court battling and gad-flying of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, and its indefatigable co-founder. With Bruce Ratner now accessing a credit lifeline courtesy a Russian oligarch, Brooklyn needs Goldstein and his organization now more than ever.

8 Comment

  • they just lost their lease, and need to find another….preferably in the immediate neighborhood, for not much money…

  • Mayor Bloomberg is in the picture but there isn’t anything written about him, how come?

  • His editing staff is still next to impeccable. I think you meant savvy.

  • In terms of heroes and villains, you have both in what’s going on with the 1-2-3 Community Space. You’ve written about the heroes, but there is also a villain, or rather villains. You can read about them on a blog set up to chronicle the eviction of 1-2-3 by money-grubbing landlords (I know, that’s redundant).

  • I think Bloomberg is on the cover as he’s referred to in the Reverend Billy editorial.

  • Thanks GOD this jackass is being called out. I’m glad to see the villains behind the villains called out.

  • Graydon Carter is a villain because time and age has given him a different perspective in life? Prepare author, for you too will in time (and with age) join the ranks of ‘villains’ everywhere. Unless you’re just so closed minded as to never change.

    Also, when does libertarianism == ‘giving up’. That’s just reductionism.

  • You list Bloomberg as a villain but his traffic doyenne, Sadik-Khan, is a hero. And Billy Talen, no matter how well intentioned, is a clown.