Before the Barclays Center ribbon-cutting, a protest casts harsh light on Atlantic Yards' broken promises (though most media steer clear)
But the loyal opposition--a coalition of five organizations, best-known of which is Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB)--was there to protest the broken promises regarding jobs and affordable housing and to remind people how the deal got done. In other words, the ground sure has shifted, but there are still grounds to not forget.
The 8:15 a.m. protest initially gathered catercorner to the arena at the northeast corner of Atlantic and South Portland avenues, but moved across the street to the sidewalk outside the arena. Some 40 local residents and "bobblehead" figures representing the project's powerbrokers cast harsh light on Atlantic Yards, though, as the Record's John Brennan observed, "with a line already building, most media members kept their spots rather than get close to the 'performance art."
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The list of the missing
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The point man was Daniel Goldstein of DDDB, wearing, like several others, the "I'm still calling it Atlantic Ave-Pacific St" t-shirt designed by his sister. Before starting, he offered an acid "moment of silence for all of those who weren’t able to make it to the Broken Promise Land," including:
- former Atlantic Yards executive Jim Stuckey, being sued for sexual harassment
- Atlantic Yards cheerleader Sen. Carl Kruger, convicted of corruption
- Atlantic Yards lobbyist Richard Lipsky, convicted of bribery (though not regarding AY)
- Atlantic Yards cheerleader and Carpenters Union leader Sal Zarzana, indicted for extortion
- Forest City External Affairs VP and "fixer" Bruce Bender "who left the firm and can’t be here today to F the Bridge" (a reference to the Carlton Avenue Bridge)
- former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond, forced to resign because of the bank's LIBOR scandal, "though no doubt he got his wish to USE Brooklyn to spread the bank’s global brand"
Whereas, Brooklynʼs cherished traditions of fairness and respect for all are deemed moot and quaint, and are at odds with the contemporary and fashionable notions of wealth, arrogance, unethical behavior and exploitation, it is most fitting that we join in the celebration of an undertaking that both increases the wealth and power of those from elsewhere, AND disenfranchises Brooklynites more than ever before.
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Bloomberg & Cuomo
The Bloomberg character stated, "What a grand day today is for Brooklyn, even without the jobs and
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"Even today, with the jobs and housing we promised nowhere in sight, you’ve really stuck with me, and that’s what counts," he crowed. "I’m a lucky man! With friends like you, who needs the Community Boards, the City Council or State legislators?"