Bruce Ratner makes the Forward 50: "the developer had every right to trumpet himself as the King of Brooklyn"
Bruce Ratner may not have Barbra Streisand’s voice or Jay-Z’s rep on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant. But the developer had every right to trumpet himself as the King of Brooklyn after his long-delayed Barclays Center finally opened its doors.I'm not sure that Jay-Z and Streisand, both reaping revenues from the arena, are the arbiters. It's a rather gentle portrait. It might be enlivened by some excerpts from the profile by Neil deMause they published in May 2011.
...Ratner, 67, didn’t put the bounce back in Brooklyn’s step single-handedly.
...The scion of a well-connected Jewish family from the Cleveland area, Ratner is loved and hated in equal measures for his grandiose plans to transform a gritty but communally valuable stretch of downtown Brooklyn into a fancy and financially valuable arena and string of condos.
But after successfully negotiating nearly a decade of tricky political maneuvering and stop-start lawsuits, Ratner could be forgiven for popping the champagne as Streisand and Jay-Z showered praise on his plans.