An imaginary dialogue between Bruce Ratner and Bruce Bender: "What did you mean when you told Carl Kruger 'I don't mind fucking the bridge'?"
BR: What were you thinking?
BB: Bruce, Bruce. We didn't get indicted. We didn't get touched.
BR: It doesn't look good.
BB: It's way better than Ridge Hill.
BR: True, but it doesn't look good.
BB: It doesn't look great, but, c'mon, whatever looks not-great is a lot better than what else made the news: Kruger, Boyland, Lipsky--they're toast.
BR: We fired Lipsky quick, true.
BB: He was doing it for the kids!
BR: For the kids!
BB: Youth sports!
BR: Why'd you let Kruger choose?
BR: You let Kruger choose one of three projects to give the last of his money, and he picked that Lakeside Center project in Prospect Park. It's not our project.
BB: It's a nice project.
BR: It's your wife's project.
BB: Bruce, c'mon, people love the park--
BR: We needed that money for the Carlton Avenue Bridge
BB: It wasn't enough.
BR: Every little bit helps. We asked for nine million, we'll take four. We'll get there.
BR: And you said, "I don't mind fucking the bridge." And then you said, "I've got to leverage that bridge, what's my value?" What did you mean?
BB: Aw, I was just talking.
BR: "What's my value?" It doesn't make much sense, unless you're talking about some kind of arrangement.
BB: We didn't have an arrangement. We just go way back.
BR: We still need to pay for that damn bridge. We need $16 million and we need it by next year.
BB: I have an idea.
BR: Which is?
BB: Let's go back to the Chinese.
BR: The Chinese?
BB: Yeah, the green cards for investments thingie. I have to say, it's really our best boodle ever.
BR: We already told the Chinese they were investing in the Carlton Avenue Bridge--
BB: Not the next round of Chinese.
BR: --And the arena. And the railyard. And instead we'll just refinance our land loan. (Pause) You think we can go back to China?
BB: Sure. They have tons of people who want to emigrate.
BR: But we have to get some paperwork that claims they're creating jobs.
BB: Don't worry. Nobody checks.
BR: We could probably raise more than $16 million, right?
BB: As long as we have the city and state on board.
BR: I noticed the ESDC wouldn't say we're still a good corporate citizen.
BB: Bruce. In for a dime, in for a dollar. They're in. They can't not be in.
BR: Which means...
BB: We're Teflon.