An explanation of that "monopolist" quote in the Times, and a missed opportunity for comments on last Sunday's big Times feature
There are no comments on the lead story, In Brooklyn, Bracing for Hurricane Barclays, because comments weren't enabled. Surely there would have been many, given the wide range of issues raised in the article--and, despite significant omissions, no small criticism.
More often than not, based on a look back to June, the Times has not enabled comments for the lead article in the Metropolitan section. So it wouldn't be fair to say they turned off comments regarding this story. But it still seems like a lost opportunity.
The Times's odd substitution
Also, following up on my critique of the Times's dramatic shift in content and tone regarding the Atlantic Yards opposition in the round-up article on the Barclays Center debut, Michael D.D. White adds, in his Noticing New York blog:
Maybe I should be flattered that, near the end of this section the Times chose to quote me. I was the one who said, “You can’t negotiate with a monopolist!” It was not all I said. When Markowitz stopped for what he evidently intended to be a pro-arena photo-op and hobnob with the press I was among those who intervened and I shouted the following:For more, including further explication of his rationale, see his post.