Yesterday, on the third in a four-week sequence of media events (installation of chains, guillotine), the bar held a toast to George Will, the conservative columnist who authored a column criticizing the use of eminent domain for Atlantic Yards. They also came up with some creative bilingual signage--at right and below--promising a boycott of arena naming rights sponsor Barclays.
The toast was another example of the strange bedfellows Atlantic Yards brings (see, for example Republican state Senator Marty Golden getting a drubbing for his association with ACORN).
Goldstein to stay?
At the toast, Daniel Goldstein, footprint resident and spokesman for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, expressed confidence in the AY fight and even suggested that the corruption scandal in Yonkers involving Forest City Ratner's Ridge Hill project convinced him he might not have to move.
Now that sounds like some barroom bravado. Still, despite the signs that the project is moving ahead, with no formal bar (though lingering legal cases), there are enough strange things going on (including an alleged scandal that could tinge expected owner Mikhail Prokhorov) to be reminded that AY is a "never say never" project.