The Brooklyn Navy Yard has found a new captain. David Ehrenberg, an executive vice president of the city's Economic Development Corp. in charge of real estate, has been chosen by the Navy Yard board to serve as executive director of the nonprofit that manages the 300-acre waterfront industrial park.The longtime head of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, Seth Pinsky, also left recently for a job in real estate.
Mr. Ehrenberg has big galoshes to fill following the departure in June of Andrew Kimball, the Navy Yard's top brass for the past eight years. Mr. Kimball helped oversee a renaissance of the once-derelict docks and warehouses into a hub of neo-Brooklyn industrial artistry, hosting everything from electronics distribution to whiskey distillers, two separate modular housing manufacturers and even a film studio.
...Mr. Ehrenberg served most recently as co-head of the real estate department at the Economic Development Corp., where he worked on marquee projects. He helped oversee the bidding bid process for what eventually became Cornell's tech campus planned for Roosevelt Island. He also shepherded plans for a new Memorial Sloan Kettering/CUNY medical facility on the Upper East Side and served as the city's point person on the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development.
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…