Atlantic Yards down the memory hole: Goldstein was holding out "in hopes of getting more money" (no)
On another, it's an example of the phenomenon I've called Atlantic Yards Down the Memory Hole.
In the midst of a Commercial Observer interview, Douglas Durst Talks Queens, Midtown and WTC, editor/reporter Guelda Voien wrote regarding the planned Hallets Point project in Astoria:
Unfortunately, one holdout is also threatening the project, as The Real Deal reported last month. An entity called Astoria Equities 2000 signed a contract to sell a plot, one of three that makes up the Hallets Point project, in 2007, although the sale was not supposed to close until September 2014, TRD said. Alas, principal Isaac Deutsch is now reneging on his word, almost certainly in hopes of getting more money, a la Daniel Goldstein at the Atlantic Yards.I commented:
That line "principal Isaac Deutsch is now reneging on his word, almost certainly in hopes of getting more money, a la Daniel Goldstein at the Atlantic Yards" is irresponsible and wrong.Added Eric McClure (former main editor of NoLandGrab), commenting as Park Slope Neighbors:
See Goldstein's statement for a more accurate description of what happened:
http://www.dddb.net/php/latestnews_Linked.php?id=2712And see his lawyer Michael Rikon's letter: http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2010/04/goldsteins-attorney-responds-to.html
The conceit that Daniel Goldstein devoted a quarter of his life to fighting Atlantic Yards as a money-making endeavor is patently ridiculous.The conflict and the big picture
And that let loose some reciprocal conflict on Twitter, ultimately involving McClure and then Goldstein himself, with Voien dissing "hyper NIMBY gentlemen of twitter" and declaring:
Anti #AtlanticYards activists more annoying than the actual development.Make me wish they'd pave over the whole borough, bike activists &allSo much for chagrin over your errors.
It's unfortunate to have to argue about the past regarding Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, when the present offers many potential stories: the deceptive effort to raise funds from immigrant investors; Forest City's bitter battle with Skanska over the stall in modular construction; the delayed plan for the noise-buffering green roof; even the Barclays Center's hushed response to a serious fracas at the arena entrance.
The real holdout and the public payment
Unfortunate was Voien's naive claim that she was "using the paper of record for my info [here]" and "I assume they would correct any factual errors." Um, no, they don't.
You know who did hold out for more money? Speculator Menachem Friedfertig. And you know who reimbursed Forest City Ratner for the generous $3 million paid for Friedfertig's unoccupied property? The public. That didn't get coverage.
It gets nasty
Voien's first tweet below was published before this post. My tweet announced this post. Her second tweet was a response:
@AYReport hahhahah to be the object of your scorn is my highest honor. I hope they build an arena on your face— Guelda Voien (@GueldaVoien) November 9, 2014