Goldstein is now, officially, the last Yards holdout

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The Atlantic Yards project’s most-outspoken opponent is now officially the last holdout.

Daniel Goldstein, who lives in a Pacific Street condo that’s been condemned by the state and will be torn down by developer Bruce Ratner to make way for his $1-billion Barclays Center arena, earned that status after the developer inked deals this week with seven other residents of the project footprint, who have accepted a relocation deal.

“We have successfully worked to find comparable or better housing for every family in the footprint except one,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, the Forest City Ratner executive in charge of Atlantic Yards. Gilmartin’s statement did not mention Goldstein by name.

The statement claimed that the seven rental tenants who settled with Ratner are being offered apartments in “the first new residential building at Atlantic Yards” and that Ratner would cover the different in their rents during the interim.

“For those who wish to relocate on their own,” the statement added, “[the developer] is paying on average $80,000 … and $5,000 to assist with relocation.”

Freddy’s Bar signed just such a deal earlier in the week, as we reported.

The Empire State Development Corporation remains committed to evicting Goldstein, and his official heave-ho could come as early as a court hearing today. Goldstein told us that his lawyer will fight the condemnation — or “get fair market value and just compensation” for the condo, which he purchased for $590,000 in 2003.

In November, the state offered him $510,000 for the three-bedroom unit, which would be worth far more if Atlantic Yards was not on the table. Goldstein lives there with his wife and young child.

“I’m pissed off that the state is the low-balling me,” Goldstein said at the time.

The state is required to pay fair market value to landowners in condemnation proceedings, but those units are subject to negotiations and appraisals. The state also attempted to relocate Goldstein to a new place, but he said that the offered two-bedroom apartment near Crown Heights was much smaller than his current abode.

“This proves that what they’re offering [isn’t fair market value because it] can’t get me something similar in this neighborho­od,” Goldstein said.

On Tuesday night, Goldstein and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, the opposition group that he fronts, hosted a “discussion about the future of DDDB and the status of the Atlantic Yards project” at the Belarusian Church on Atlantic Avenue. Though heavily promoted on the group’s Web site, the event was closed to the press.

Goldstein said that he wanted an “open dialogue that’s not on the record.”

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to clarify how the "community meeting" was promoted.
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Reasonable discourse

David Brown from LES says:
What happened yesterday is no shock to me (Everyone settling but Goldstein). There are several major mistakes made during the entire Atlantic Yards debacle by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB), and one of them is putting Goldstein out there front and center as spokesman of the opposition to AY. This guy has the attitude of an Islamic Fundamentalist: It is my way or no way, no compromises allowed. By doing this, you allow Ratner and his supporters to frame an argument that DDDB is a fringe organization (Unlike say "Brooklyn Speaks"). Instead of turning the reigns over to a Tisha James, or similiar level-headed leader, who could have fought this on the legislative front, and perhaps won (See Kingsbridge Armory). They took a scorched earth approach, and kept suing in court (Losing every time), and trotting out Goldstein, who kept saying how Ratner lost (When he was a loser). A combination of Goldstein, fighting the fight in the wrong arena (Judicial instead of legislative), and the IRS tax break decision (Which affected Yankee Stadium, Citi Field as well as AY), is what lost this battle.
April 21, 2010, 4:40 am
BP reader says:
That second-to-last paragraph is the sound of a very pissy Andy Campbell (or is that editor Gersh Kuntzman)?

Where's the "press release"? Where's the announcement on the web site? It was promoted to supporters via the DDDB newsletter.

Isn't the term "front" a bit pejorative? Yes.

And Goldstein's not "the last holdout." There are a couple of businesses as well.
April 21, 2010, 5:49 am
Lolzer from Pslope says:
the fog over the East River must be clouding your ability to analyze anything David from LES. DDDB is a fringe organization and "Brooklyn Speaks" isn't? You've got to be kidding

Tisha James? What is that. If you mean Letitia James, she's a city councilwoman.

Fought Atlantic Yards on the "legislative front." You mean the front made up of two people—Bloomberg and Silver.

You are funny, funny but naive, man.
April 21, 2010, 7:07 am
JudahSpechal from Bed-Stuy says:
This guy wants the martyrdumm image of being led out by cops in handcuff. He box himself in, now his image won't allow him to reconcile the lost. Now they are including his lost in Condo value? Come on! How many blows do you think he can take? Settle man you put up a good fight. You can still do a lot for your community.

Now the idea of Letita James fighting a better fight is laughable. I almost choked on my breakfast. How was she going to changed the minds of the other community groups that decided this time instead of fighting the $$ Guy, they would join with him and get jobs for the poor that Mrs James' opposition deprived them of?

I wonder how she would of formulated an attacked. Maybe how Barclays Bank benefitted from Slavery without mentioning all the other Corporations that did?
What a joke!
Let people go to word Mr Goldstein.
April 21, 2010, 10:12 am
JudahSpechal from Bed-Stuy says:
Let people go to work Mr. Goldstein.
April 21, 2010, 10:14 am
Anonymous from Ft Greene says:
Call Websters Dictionary-
To pull a "Goldstein" is to not know the parties over.
April 21, 2010, 12:49 pm
David Brown from LES says:
The reason I mentioned Ms James, was she is against AY, and although I do not care for the Working Families Party (I am an enrolled CONSERVATIVE), she is certainly more credible than Daniel Goldstein. As for Goldstein, he has gotten to the point where he actually believes his own rhetoric, and the only other "Voice" he hears is the 'Atlantic Yards Report", which is so one sided in its objectivity, it falls somewhere between Goldstein and Freddy's Bar in its lack of reality. Note: Even Freddy's Bar quit the fight. The fact this clown has a NEWBORN, and will not give in speaks volumes about what a fanatic he is. I am glad AY will be built, and only hope the Islanders move there, so I would have a one stop on the "D" Train to go to games.
April 21, 2010, 12:50 pm
steve from downtown says:
I admire Daniel for his tenacity, fighting what he considers the "good fight", and for his articulation. Daniel, if you are reading this, channel your talents and energy to do real good, not in this ersatz cause. Support your family and spend time with your children.
Daven. Best of luck.
April 21, 2010, 2:17 pm
David Brown from LES says:
Well now it is over, Daniel Goldstein is now moving out of his condo, and will no longer be the mouthpiece for DBBB, for the price of $3m. I for one am glad it is over, and Brooklyn will now have first class sports and entertainment facility. The sad thing, is it took so long to get this done. It will be very interesting to see what effect this has on the NYU/ Greenwich Village Land Battle, the Columbia University/Tuck-A-Way Fight, Coney Island, and the mother of all battles....... Willets Point. I really think that by hanging tough, the developers will eventually win those battles.
April 21, 2010, 3:11 pm
Douglas from Canarsie says:
Goldstein got his! That's what it's all about, right?

Goldstein kept thousands of architects, AutoCAD techs, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, sheetrockers, floor layers, painters, finishers, interior designers, and landscapers out of business so he could get his!

Goldstein played Park Slope the fool and made Brooklyn look like some backwater hick town in Alabama or Georgia in the 1940s. Both of these states would have welcomed the Atlantic Yards project.

Choke on your money, Goldstein!

It was never about development, was it?
April 22, 2010, 8:52 am

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