And baby makes three!

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Atlantic Yards opponent Daniel Goldstein and his wife did what megadeveloper Bruce Ratner has failed to do: they brought life to the Atlantic Yards footprint.

On Nov. 9, little Sita Dorothy Goldstein was born to Goldstein and Shabnam Merchant — and unlike most things near the couple’s Pacific Street home, the six-pound, five-ounce baby is “adorable,” the proud papa said.

“Despite the unusual circumstances, we’re happy to be able to raise our child in Brooklyn where we planned to,” Goldstein said.

The baby becomes the third resident in the almost entirely vacant building on Pacific Street between Flatbush and Sixth avenues, a residence that once housed 60, but is slated to be torn down to make room for Ratner’s basketball arena.

Given that declining population, a new life is worth noting.

“At this time of year, with the arrival of our first child, we have a lot to be thankful for,” he explained.

Goldstein moved into the beautifully renovated building in 2003, only to discover months later that Ratner intended to tear it down and build a basketball arena and 16 skyscrapers.

Goldstein and Merchant met while organizing efforts against Ratner as part of the group, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

Those efforts will return to the spotlight early next year in court, but for now, the legal case is on at least two people’s back-burner.

“We’re definitely focused on our baby,” Goldstein said.

Updated 11:44 pm, November 30, 2009
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Reasonable discourse

al pankin from downtown says:
congratulations, this is great news..maybe it's time for him to pack up and move to the surburbs...
Nov. 25, 2008, 12:50 pm
spanker from downtown says:
maybe it's time for you to show some class?
Nov. 25, 2008, 1:45 pm
Al from Park Slope says:
Congratulations to the Goldsteins.

Well I hope you will enjoy driving to Jersey or Long Island to take your newborn to the circus, Disney on Ice, Concerts, a basketball game or any other fantastic event that could be had at a local arena. I would personally love to go to a beautiful new local arena with my children, neices and nephews to enjoy the events my parents used to take me to when I was young.
Nov. 25, 2008, 3:35 pm
jeanne from clinton hill says:
AL: I volunteer your house for the new location of said arena. Eminent domain for the holidays!
Nov. 25, 2008, 7:49 pm
Jen from Clinton Hill says:
Hold out as long as you can and they will have to pay extra money for compensation, the area has already been substantially destroyed. Good Luck.
Nov. 25, 2008, 8:15 pm
Rhianna says:
Wow you people really do not like babies. You must have been born at age 30? Your disgusting posts and ignorance show that not only do you probably not know those people, but you clearly have no sense of the project, and the location. Why don't you hateful people, give your apartment up so I can go see a Disney show? Yeah, I did not think so. They should hand over their life to Ratner so they can come back and go to ice show, where their living room used to be? Right that makes sense.

Look at your own life and put your money where your mouth is before you start judging others with your ignorant statements.
Nov. 25, 2008, 11:51 pm
Alice from the Heights says:
Al get off your comfy park slope couch and go play ball outside with your family instead of pushing other people out so you can watch Disney on ice.
Your parents never took you to the arena that bull dozed a neighborhood, did they?

You want the circus, it is in prospect park or madison square garden, surely you can make it there no?
Nov. 25, 2008, 11:54 pm
Jennifer from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Nov. 26, 2008, 9:01 am
Al from Park Slope says:
Well Brooklyn, based on it's population, is the 5th largest city in the country. I happen to have a great love for all things Brooklyn and are not the biggest fan of going to Manhattan to the Garden.

As well, it would be a great economic stimulus to the local businesses who would enjoy pre-game or concert crowds. Just ask the bar, restaurant or other local businesses to MSG how much more business they do on game nights. Its about way more than going to Disney on Ice. It's about keeping that money in Brooklyn as opposed to seeing it spent in Manhattan.

As far as Mr. Goldsteins situation. He should be ridiculously compendated for his troubles. I wish I were his agent. I'd tell him to get 10 times the value of his apartment from Ratner. A free penthouse apartment in any new construction that may be built. And quality lifetime tickets to every event at the new stadium which he could feel free to sell legally at 10% over face value.

And for the record, I'm not really for any part of the projest OTHER THAN the stadium. I can care less about the apartments and office buildings, just the stadium.
Nov. 28, 2008, 5 pm
Elise from Prospect Heights B&R says:
Hey Al -
Why don't you go find Freddy's the bar that has been around for over a decade, that Ratner is intending to close and tear down. Then you can make your stupid incredulous statements. You clearly have not a clue where or what you are talking about. We would ask the pre game bar, um if it were going to still be there.

For the record, you are right it is about keeping the money in Brooklyn, which is exactly why we all oppose this project. If you had one clue about what the intended project is, you would get that.

So why don't you go ask the non NY based, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds and TGIF's that surround MSG, how they are doing, I am sure they would be happy to tell. If you could only locate their headquarters.

Your point = mute.
Nov. 28, 2008, 6:33 pm
brooklyngal from park slope says:
the fact that no one mentions how daniel goldstein's purchase of his apartment gentrified the immediate area making it out of reach for middle and low-income people (same one's he has cynically used).

he paid over $600,000 for his apartment. so, in essence, it is ok for him to "change" the area but not ratner. at least with ratner you have the opportunity for retail and other businesses that employ people goldstein displaced.

goldstein might not want a job that will be created by and within the arena and surrounding buildings but many brooklynites do.

he is a hypocrite and should be ashamed.
Nov. 29, 2008, 4:58 pm
brooklyngalANDbred from prospect heights says:
weird, 2 of the exact same comments from 2 different posters.


what jobs?

if you think Daniel Goldstein is responsible for gentrifying the "immediate area" wait til you see what Ratner has in mind!
Nov. 29, 2008, 5:50 pm
Al from Brooklyn says:
I guess its kinda funny how the past affects the future. That exact site was designated to be the new stadium for The Brooklyn Dodgers who obviously decided to leave for sunnier pastures.

In the end, it is an imposibility to make every party happy in any large scale project a city faces. Even the other end of the borough is having the same issues regarding Coney Island.

These decisions are hard for many reasons Im sure. And putting myself in Mr. Goldstein's shoes, I would not want someone taking my land from me, although you can pay me very handsomely for my troubles.

But then the question remains, what do we do with these blighted areas. It's a unique opportunity to lay the ground work for the next century of Brooklyn. It is a defining moment for our borough. I don't have the answers, although I feel a stadium would be the start of a new and improved era for Brooklyn. But if not then what are some other options?

I am for a stadium, mainly because nobody else has put forth a better plan. If the opponents of the stadium would say "here is our plan for the neighborhood", it would help in understanding why they are so against the stadium.

Dec. 1, 2008, 2:38 pm
Lorraine from Prospect Heights says:
brooklyn gal
if you think dan goldstein gentrified brooklyn, you are dumber than you look.

Gentrification is a complex being, from the poor family that owned a building for generations, to the sucker they sold their house to with lots of new money.

Your statement is just dumb.
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:34 am
Lorraine from Prospect Heights says:
Al do you write for The Inquirer? Because the things you are saying are complete fabrications. The land is train tracks and homes or factories. Twas never to be the dodgers stadium. That nostalgia crap, is just that.

Next dumb statement please.

You are for a stadium? How about being for affordable housing, social justice and a better life for the children. For a stadium, that is pathetic.

There is a housing crisis the likes of which we have never seen, thousands upon thousands of homeless people and you are for a stadium and 19 high rise luxury buildings.
Sure sure blame the guy that just lives there.

Dec. 2, 2008, 12:37 am
Lorraine from Prospect Heights says:
Name one person goldstein displaced Brooklyn idiotgalant?
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:38 am
Peter from Fort Greene says:
Dear Al,
First off, you say that you don't like traveling to Manhattan to MSG. Not a very attractive place, eh? Not the kind of place you'd want to raise a child? And yet you want to bring Manhattan here to Brookyn. The stadium is only a carrot designed to attract the uninformed. The much larger aspects of the development, the part that you say you don't support, we'll transform the very neighborhoods that make Brooklyn a beautiful, interesting and diverse place to live.

As for your statement, "I am for a stadium, mainly because nobody else has put forth a better plan. If the opponents of the stadium would say "here is our plan for the neighborhood", it would help in understanding why they are so against the stadium." Check out a better plan:

This proposal was designed by a group of architects and urban planners. It has existed for a few years. It is responsible city planning. It takes into account the needs of Brooklyn, not the needs of an individual, i.e. Ratner.

Daniel and Shabnam, congratulations on your little Sita. Standing up for your home and community is not the only beautiful thing that has come out of our battle.
Dec. 2, 2008, 3:20 pm
Al from park slope says:
Thanks for the information. Peter is the first voice Ive heard to discuss what the opposition of Ratners project would like to build. Im not saying others have not put that out there, but to the general public (me), the only message I hear from opponents is their negative thoughts about Ratners project.

As far as some constructive criticism goes:
The only choice I knew of is: Stadium or NO Stadium. Your goal should be to have the general public feel their choice is Stadium, or Unity Plan.

Best of luck
Dec. 2, 2008, 4:31 pm
alan from sheepshead bay says:
All of Brooklyn hopes that baby Sita Dorothy, grows up to be smarter then her dopey father.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:11 pm
alan from Sheepshead Bay says:
ah duuuuuuh, I'm Alan from Sheepshead Bay and I'm a duh, moron.
Dec. 5, 2008, 6:12 pm
DDDB from Brooklyn says:
Al, DDDB (aka DEVELOP Don't Destroy Brooklyn) has been promoting development over the rail yards for nearly 5 years now. DDDB and many other community groups support and have been promoting the UNITY plan ( for years as well. The latest effort to explain the advantages of the UNITY Plan and bring more public attention to it can be found here:

In October a letter and postcard writing campaign to new ESDC Chairwoman Marisa Lago was launched by DDDB and focused on the UNITY Plan to develop the rail yards. You can read about that here:
Dec. 5, 2008, 6:19 pm

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