- Does Forest City Ratner have permission to install bollards at the Atlantic Yards arena site? I asked the Department of Transportation but haven't heard back.
- Flood lights at the Vanderbilt Yard, supposed to go on at 6 am, were reported to go on at about 4:30 am. About this one I didn't ask, but wouldn't a proactive Empire State Development, the agency overseeing the project, want to set the record straight?
- How much did the various parties spend on the last playground "funded in part" (but promoted in the main) by the Barclays Nets Community Alliance? I asked sponsor Out2Play but haven't heard back.
- Here's a bonus: Representative Yvette Clarke issued a press release stating that she took "took Dr. Winslow Sargeant [of the federal Small Business Administration] on a tour throughout key sections of 11th Congressional District of New York such as Brownsville, Prospect Plaza and the Atlantic Yards/Nets Stadium site, which represent areas where small businesses thrive, are currently undergoing development and are in need of federal resources for its revitalization." What?
While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.
Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”
Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”
There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…