The article concludes:
But one final detail hints at the rampant machismo at Borough Hall. Markowitz’s testosterone-fueled staff was so full of bluster that it even had lengthy internal discussions on how best to pick a fight with The Brooklyn Paper because the Beep had become irked with the paper’s hard-hitting, award-winning coverage of the Atlantic Yards project.Well, that would've been a petty and imprudent solution by the BP's office, since the Brooklyn Paper, even when it was offering tough coverage of Atlantic Yards, was covering Markowitz.
“At a staff level [there were] numerous discussion about how they [The Brooklyn Paper] were going about their … unfair and unbalanced coverage of Atlantic Yards,” Atkins said, adding that the staff discussed cutting off The Paper from the borough president’s regular press releases.
“I was not sure if it was ever agreed upon,” he said. “I certainly wished it.”
Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman declined to comment.
And, though you wouldn't see acknowledgment of it in the article, the Brooklyn Paper's coverage of Atlantic Yards has fallen off considerably.
After all, where was that Brooklyn Paper article on the Development Agreement that gives Forest City Ratner 25 years to build Atlantic Yards? Instead, we got a puff piece on the Rev. Herbert Daughtry's meditation room.