The Daily News article today hyped as an "exclusive," Daniel Goldstein fought the Atlantic Yards project, but disses neighbors with his own construction, reminds me of the tabloid reporter described in The Submission, Amy Waldman's new 9/11 novel:
A tabby all the way--that's what she was. She had no ideology, believed only in information, which she obtained, traded, peddled, packaged, and published, and she opposed any effort to doctor her product.So Goldstein, a co-founder of Develop Don't Dstroy Brooklyn, bought a new house in Park Slope and planned a renovation and addition. His neighbors don't like it, according to the Daily News:
Next-door neighbor Kathryn Roake, 59, says Goldstein's 18-foot, three-story addition to the back of his building will block the light to her beloved fruit and vegetable garden.She and another neighbor also think that construction will damage their houses.
Here's what's missing from the article: whether Goldstein's plans violate zoning in some way, or whether he's requested a variance from the Department of Buildings.
No, and no.
Nor was any evidence offered showing that the addition would, in fact, block the sun, despite the Daily News's conclusory caption:
So the Daily News elevated a garden-variety dispute into a tabloid story.
The AY connection
Particularly laughable is the connection to Atlantic Yards. The story begins:
The Brooklyn activist who led the resistance to the Atlantic Yards project has angered his new neighbors with a construction project of his own.Atlantic Yards is just a few orders of magnitude larger than Goldstein's 3-story extension. It required a state override of zoning, eminent domain, and significant subsidies and tax breaks.
And a study of the environmental impacts indicated that it would, in fact, block the sun in certain locations.
But the headline and caption embrace the strained parallel:
Meanwhile, the Daily News has missed several issues of accountability regarding the Atlantic Yards story.
The same reporter who wrote the Goldstein story attended the meeting community leaders had with Empire State Development CEO Kenneth Adams on September 26 but either didn't write--or wasn't permitted to write--a story.
The Daily News said Goldstein did not respond to requests for comment.
I contacted him and he gave me this statement:
Soon after we bought our home we reached out to our neighbors to meet them. They did not respond positively as you can see in the Daily News article. We haven't filed plans yet, but once we do we will be building well within zoning and within the law and we'll be certain to protect our neighbors' property and our own.Why didn't he respond to the Daily News?
I didn't want to have a discussion with my neighbor in the press. But now that it's been in the paper, I'm responding to your query.But didn't the article leave the impression that Goldstein had ignored contact from the neighbors?
As I wrote, we reached out to both neighbors and you can read their response to our initial communication in the DN article.In other words, the Daily News didn't mention that Goldstein tried to contact them first. Then the neighbors threatened to sue.