I daydreamed through much of Speaker Silver’s talk, enjoying the architecture but a bit put off by all the nostalgia, until I heard a brave question from a random audience member: “Is the arena going to be built?” The question, referring to the Atlantic Yards debacle, was said in a defiant tone, and Speaker Silver hurriedly gave a non-answer and left.
Silver is a notoriously careful speaker, and his non-answer may not have represented his real feelings or expectations. Moreover, Forest City Ratner's gift of $58,420 to Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee's Housekeeping account should trigger even more caution.
Still, in comparison to Bruce Ratner's facts-be-damned project timetable and faux nonchalance regarding arena funding, Silver's non-answer was, essentially, more candid. Even though a betting person would have to go with the big money, we just don't know right now.