Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wishful op-ed from the Daily News: "Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov should move to Brooklyn"

The New York Daily News, fresh from a wishful editorial urging Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov should help build affordable housing, now publishes a wishful op-ed that urges Prokhorov to move to the borough:
By committing to live in Brooklyn, Prokhorov can signal that he intends for the communities around the Barclays Center to remain livable.
Um, if he moves to the area Dean Street and Carlton Avenue, where thousands of people will walk to and from a massive surface parking lot, it'll be a bit of a challenge.

Forgoing the bland and corporate?

And what to make of this, from the op-ed:
The more Prokhorov incorporates Brooklyn into his plans, the more thoroughly we will embrace him. I hope that the Barclays Center forgoes bland, corporate and instead offers the beloved Latin American cuisine sold at the Red Hook ball fields, along with sublime stromboli from the Bari Pork Store in Gravesend and, of course, hearty Russian fare from Brighton Beach. All beer should come from locals like Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint Craft Ales.
(Emphasis added)

That's not how it works. A look at the Barclays Center web site tells us:
A partnership with the Barclays Center consists of a limited list of elite, category leaders known as our Founding Partners and Sponsors. These partners form the foundation that will have a direct connection to the evolution of a community, award-winning architecture and entertainment.
They include:
Bud Light Established in 1852, Anheuser-Busch Companies is one of the world's largest brewers; best known for Budweiser and Bud Light, as well as such labels as Busch and Michelob. In addition to beer, Anheuser-Busch produces energy drinks and non-alcoholic malt beverages.

Anheuser-Busch has several operations outside of brewing as well, including its Busch Entertainment theme-park business. Anheuser-Busch has taken large strides in recent years to become an industry leader in recycling, supporting renewable energy, and environmental efficiency.

2 comments:

  1. also doesn't the Daily News print the paper at a NJ facility? So they should be printing in NY....

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  2. Where has Mr. Nazaryan been these past six years? The time to speak out about these things was before the deal was finalized.

    Hard to believe the Daily News wasted that much ink on ridiculous fantasy. Like Ratner, Prokhorov only cares about one thing -- further padding his bank account.

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