Sunday, November 26, 2006

Marty (in Brooklyn!!) continues AY dance of avoidance

In April, I pointed out how Atlantic Yards was conspicuously absent from issues of Borough President Marty Markowitz's Brooklyn!! (subtitled "Where New York City Begins"), the tabloid promotional vehicle for Brooklyn and all things Marty.

The Fall/Winter issue arrived yesterday, and there was hardly a word about Atlantic Yards, even after perhaps the year's most tumultuous public event regarding Brooklyn, the August 23 public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Yes, we know that Brooklyn!! is mostly about feel-good stuff like Brooklyn's holiday lights, the inaugural Brooklyn Book Festival, and readers' Favorite Waitpersons.

But if Brooklyn!! is going to tell us about the new Aviator Sports and Recreation Center at Floyd Bennett Field, or new hotels around Downtown Brooklyn, or new designs for the New York Aquarium at Coney Island, well, why not a word about the borough's biggest development project?

[An eagle-eyed reader informs me of the sixth paragraph in the "Welcome to Brooklyn--Stay Awhile" article on p. 12:
In Crown Heights, the Atlantic Motor Inn opened its doors on Atlantic Avenue near Utica Avenue in July, with 40 rooms. Hopes are high for a classy hotel to open on the Golden Gate Motel site in Sheepshead Bay, and a hotel may be part of the Miss Brooklyn building at Atlantic Yards.]

Marty's views are certainly on record. Is the topic so radioactive he couldn't inform Brooklynites about his take on the project, and maybe some responses, such as the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods or NoLandGrab?

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