Monday, October 03, 2011

Missing from the Atlantic Antic: Forest City Ratner and the Nets (but Acorn was there--not ACORN)

The Atlantic Antic, held the first Sunday in October on Atlantic Avenue going one mile west of Fourth Avenue--essentially west of the Barclays Center arena site--is the city's largest street festival.

Forest City Ratner and the Nets have been a periodic presence at the festival, in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Not last year or the year before. Not yesterday. Maybe they're saving money.

But I'll bet they'll be a presence in 2012.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn was last there in 2009, when Atlantic Yards was seemingly still in play. Perhaps Forest City knew that it wasn't.

The Acorn presence

No, Forest City Ratner Community Benefits Agreement partner ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) was not present--they're defunct, replaced, at least in New York, by New York Communities for Change.

But Acorn, a shop featuring handcrafted toys, was on the Avenue.


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