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Barclays Nets Community Alliance no longer claiming "it has funded" refurbished playgrounds but rather "funded in part"

The latest press release promoting a playground refurbished by the Barclays Nets Community Alliance has a subtle but significant change in language, as the team/sponsor no longer seem to claim all the credit. (I'm checking on the actual numbers.)

They still get to issue the press release, though.

Previous claim

About two months ago, the alliance was claiming that "it has funded" a refurbished playground, leaving the impression it deserved most of the credit, even though the alliance paid about one-eighth the cost.

After I wrote about the spurious claim, New York magazine ridiculed it. (See bottom)

Update: the switch happened earlier

Update: a few days after I wrote about the claim, and before the New York magazine item, they already started changing the press release.

Borough President's contribution dwarfs Barclays Nets alliance

"We fully funded Out2Play’s capital budget request in Fiscal Year 2011 with $1.7 million for ALL of their playground renovations, of which this is one," Markowitz's spokesman told me. "If you average the projects out, our allocation amounts to about $80,000 per project."

The Barlcay Nets Community Alliance "invests $1 million per year in local non-profits," according to the latest press release.

From New York magazine


  1. Canarsie is quite far away from the Barclay Arena. Why has no money been allocated to much closer community playgrounds and parks?


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