Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004

Anti-arena restaurant week      

Atlantic Yards: Calling it “The Brooklyn Dodge,” the anti-Nets arena group Develop-Don’t Destroy Brooklyn is hosting a restaurant week to raise money for the fight against developer Bruce Ratner’s planned Atlantic Yards project. Comment

Markowitz testily defends himself at Park Slope Food Co-op meeting        

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz subjected himself to questioning at the Park Slope Food Co-op last Saturday, much of it dealing with developer Bruce Ratner’s plan to build a basketball arena, apartment buildings and office towers in Prospect Heights. Comment

Council panels OK Ikea on Red Hook W’front        

Atlantic Yards: When plans for a 360,000-square-foot Ikea furniture store passed unanimously in a City Council subcommittee hearing on Tuesday — despite a large turnout of project opponents — the plan appeared to be a shoo-in success for the Sweden-based multinational corporation. Indeed, the next day, the council’s Land Use committee followed suit, unanimously approving the plan, with one abstention. Comment

Daughtry breaks with ‘God Squad’        

Atlantic Yards: Announcements of benefits agreements being forged between Forest City Ratner and the “community” over the development company’s plan to build a basketball arena, office towers and apartment buildings in Prospect Heights left many residents, activists and elected officials scratching their heads this week wondering, ‘Who is in this community and who represents it? Comment

Marty: Nets ‘conflict’ could cost Dolly job        

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz said this week that depending on the results of a determination by the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board, his appointee to the City Planning Commission will either have to divest of her interest in the New Jersey Nets or resign from the commission. Comment

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