Ratner is finally a man of steel as first girders go up

Steel is rising at the site of the Barclays Center, an indication that the long-stalled project is making progress.
The Brooklyn Paper
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The first steel girders of the Barclays Center rose above the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues on Tuesday, a tangible sign that the future home of the Brooklyn Nets is moving forward.

“The installation of steel is always a major milestone for a construction project,” said Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. “With the foundation work largely done, we are now poised to go vertical.”

One hundred tons of steel arrived at the site last week, a small portion of the 10,500 tons of the stuff that will be used in the arena.

The construction work is beginning on the event and main concourse level and will radiate eastward in a clockwise direction, the developer said.

He added that over the next few months, the arena would begin to “take on [its] iconic shape.” It is supposed to be completed by summer, 2012.

Project opponents were far less effusive about the work — particularly in light of a recent court ruling that found that the state agency overseeing the development withheld information to avoid having to examine the project’s negative impacts.

“We believe that they have no business going forward,” said Candace Carponter, the legal director for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, which has opposed the development. “They are rushing to get as much in the ground as they can before we seek a stay from the court.”

A residential building adjacent to the arena is in the planning phase, but the rest of the $4-billion project is on hiatus until, or if, the economy recovers.

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

In the Slope from Park Slope says:
Who cares? No one will support the area/NJ Nets... FCR is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe a million or two) on BerlinRosen a “professional coalition-builder to move the clients agenda up from the grassroots,” if FCR really had any Brooklyn’s residents support then they wouldn’t need BerlinRosen!! too funny....
Nov. 24, 2010, 11:46 am
Joe from Carroll Gardens says:
Sign me up for season tix.

That place is a crap hole east of 4th ave so building up the area is a good thing.

I feel bad for the squatters who were kicked out, oh wait I don't care about them at all.
Nov. 24, 2010, 12:27 pm
Sal from Bensonhurst says:
Lets go Nets!!! I'll be buying tickets also!!
Nov. 24, 2010, 1:05 pm
tye from East ny says:
It about time the steel went up. Im happy the arena is being built let get it done. LETS GO NETS!!!!!!!
Nov. 24, 2010, 2:16 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
I see that the NJ Nets PR dept is posting again, why don't you buy your tickets NOW? Because these posting are from the NJ Nets PR/Ticket sales depts... if not they're on sale.... O'wait they're a crappy NY team.... go Knicks!!
Nov. 24, 2010, 2:28 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I wonder how many are happy that their tax dollars are going to this rather than where it should be, which is helping places in the public sector? That's right, it's our tax dollars paying for this and not those from either Ratner or Proky. It will most likely that tickets for games will be even more expensive than they are right now. Nevertheless, a recent court case does put the opposition back in the playing field, so the fight is not over just yet. Times can change then if the argument will go back to court.
Nov. 24, 2010, 2:38 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
I am thrilled with the progress the Barclays Center is making, I walked by it the other day and couldn't believe that it is finally becoming reality! For those of you who still think our tax dollars are going to waste with this, why don't you spend some time researching some of the hundreds of millions of dollars that our country has put to waste otherwise that makes this project golden! Go Nets!
Nov. 24, 2010, 6:28 pm
Gabby from Clinton Hill says:
I have some potential ideas for you Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, that would make more use of your time rather than trying to defeat this, because you are just wasting your time. I hear they are trying to build a new soccer field in Brownsville. LOL
Nov. 24, 2010, 6:34 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
2 -> Dave in Park Slope: the new arena will ALWAYS be a 'dump' (Frank Gehry say’s so) with a losing NJ Nets team, be 'thrilled' & 'dream' on cuz that's ALL you'll ever have is a losing NJ Nets BB team.... if the NBA didn't have the Russian billionaire to try to leach millions of $$$$$ off of, the NBA would have eliminated the NJ Nets to cut their losses... wait until the strike & then you'll get some team compression... what players will the NJ Nets ever bring to the 'golden project' you covet? LOSERS!! THEY CAN'T give away tickets today, so moving the NJ Nets to the 'golden project' is not going to change that!! NOT EVER & the NJ Nets doesn't have the money to change that!! Prokhorov is not going to dump any money into the team because the Brooklyn community doesn't support the NJ Nets!! Go ahead ask BerlinRosen, ask them.... Their web site states “We Look For Tough Fights And We Like To Win.” So then why do Forrest City Ratner/NJ Nets need BerlinRosen, IF the community is so firmly behind them? Why does FCR/NJ Nets need to spend hundreds of thousands of $$$$$ for BerlinRosen’s ‘grassroots building’ services?
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Nov. 24, 2010, 7:03 pm
The Real Dave from Park Slope says:
I think you meant "Ratner is finally a man of STEAL."

And I thought BerlinRosen only worked on progressive causes. Guess I was wrong.
Nov. 24, 2010, 9:26 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
BerlinRosen is in it for the $$$$$$ ALL THE WAY!!
Nov. 24, 2010, 9:40 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
Good news. Now lets get the Islanders to Brooklyn.
Nov. 25, 2010, 1:36 am
pher from Prospect Heights says:
The Islanders aren't coming. The downsized arena can't hold a hockey rink.

The Empire State Development Corporation violated NY State environmental law by approving this project without considering what it meant to extend the schedule from ten to TWENTY FIVE years. The work that has been going on there is underway illegally, period.

The "golden" project is about to pave an entire city block of Brooklyn for a surface parking lot to hold 1,100 cars. After the giant lot at Ikea, it will be the largest in Brooklyn. Unlike Ikea's lot, FCR's is next to the largest mass transit hub in the borough. Dozens of lower- and middle-income families were cleared from that block to make the parking lot. The affordable housing and open space New Yorkers were promised would be built on that site? The State agreed to let FCR delay those for SIXTEEN YEARS.

The old Brooklyn Paper would have covered that.
Nov. 25, 2010, 11:04 am
Jonny from Park Slope says:
Gersh, i thought you wrote that Atlantic Yards was dead about 2 years ago. Now its alive because they are building an arena and no housing.

what happened to your critical faculties?
Nov. 25, 2010, 4:17 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
As a lifelong brooklyn resident (not an import) I'm glad to see the arena comming alive.
where's Dan Goldstein??
counting his money, oh well, it's the holiday season, he can go shopping for some good stuff, probably in Manhattan.
Nov. 26, 2010, 8:41 am
Tony from Gravesend says:
LETS GO NETS!!! COMING FROM A REAL BROOKLYN BORN RESIDENT!!! And for the people that don't want it, don't go to the games!
Nov. 26, 2010, 2:44 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
If any of you supporters who slander Goldstein want to give him a piece of your mind, I heard he will be having a conversation after the 2 PM performance of In the Footprint over at the Irondale Center on December 4 unless any of you are too chicken to face him directly.
Nov. 26, 2010, 2:44 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
To the handful of supporters; Oh gee aren’t we special that we are ‘not an import’ or a ‘lifelong resident’ or ‘born in Brooklyn’? NO ONE CARES, the only one that cares about your residency credentials is you in order to validate yourself importance… NEWS FLASH!! You got an imported talentless, losing & winless Russian owned 'New Jersey' Nyets BB team!! GET A GRIP, EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE ARENA and the NEW JERSEY NETS BB TEAM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BROOKLYN PERIOD!! THEY ARE ALL IMPORTS!! Is your life that meaningless that it lets you be hoodwinked so easily?

Yes, let's GO New Jersy Neyts!!
Nov. 26, 2010, 9:29 pm
Mike from Park Slope says:
BerlinRosen who are you and what do you do? You seem like a nobody, and as if you were in it for the money from DDDB. Did Daniel Goldstein share his $3 million dollars with you? You people only focus on the pessimistic members of the community who have nothing better do to with their lives but be a bunch of pessimists. Needless to say there are 2.5 Million people in Brooklyn, and around 8 million in all of New York City. As I am pretty sure you don't know all of them nor their opinions of this project and the Nets, I would talk for yourself and not for all. The Nets have been improving this year a bit, yes do to the RUSSIAN, but hey we are a capitalist country after all. Maybe if a bunch of NIMBYS didn't delay the project for seven years, we would have the original Frank Gehry version of the project, and wouldn't have just the arena part coming in for now. Pher from Prospect Heights, I am pretty sure many of those families who were cleared from the block received generous compensation from FCR and took the money and ran just like Goldstein did. We will be clearing the way for the real affordable housing coming this way sooner or later. Just watch and see.
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:53 pm
Mike from Park Slope says:
I would like to reinstate BerlinRosens cause. I was misinformed on what they do, or that they were a part of FCR. Good for them!
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:58 pm
Debbie from Park Slope says:
Id rather not go talk to Goldstein I can care less at this point, he's not even supposed to be publicly speaking out on the project anymore. That was part of his 3 million dollar deal!
Nov. 27, 2010, Midnight
Pete from Long Island says:
For 7 years DDDB obstructed this project. Until this recent court case DDDB LOST EVERY CASE and this recent court case which they won...the judge did not stop construction on this project. Legally it can't be stopped. The arena is fully bonded meaning the money is secured to finish the project. NO LEGAL ACTION CAN TAKE THE MONEY BACK THAT HAS BEEN BONDED FOR THIS ARENA PROJECT...GET IT Candace Carpenter from DDDB !!!! The game is over. The arena will rise and will be completed. I have an idea !!!!...for seven years DDDB has voiced their opinion and attacked and lost in court. This is what should be done with NIMBYS like DDDB. It's time to go on the offensive against them ! Expose them for who they are...a bunch of over zealous NIMBY's like Dan Goldstein that sold out for 3 million dollars that did nothing but obstruct for 7 years only to take the money and run proving that Dan Goldstein is a "PHONY" and that DDDB are "PHONIES" that have no interest in protecting the rights of victims exposed to Eminent Domain and by going to court they helped waste the people's money and the people's time. The game is finally over...the arena will be built and DDDB will twist in the wind at the site of it !!!!
Nov. 27, 2010, 3:17 am
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
So, Mike from Park Slope, who are you & what do you do? If I’m such a ‘nobody’ why did you answer my comment so passionately? Because you know I’m right…. I don’t give a damn about DDDB/Goldstein; I’m not a pessimist…. I’m pi$$ed off that that my tax money is being spent on an arena to pay million’s for talentless losing New Jersey Nets BB players, if FCR/NJ Nets paid for the arena without a ‘welfare handout’ from NY state/ESDC then I would cares less….. We’re laying off teachers, policemen, firefighters, closing fire houses and our roadways/bridges are crap, they’re closing hospitals and every FCR project built in NY isn’t viable unless they NY state government/ESDC bails FCR out by being the anchor tenant. If this is such a good deal then why doesn’t FCR/NJ Nets pay for arena themselves or raise the money from private investors, because when private investors perform their ‘due diligence’ these arena deals ALWAYS lose money!! Most of these posting supporting the arena are by the NJ Nets PR/ticket or FCR staff…. FCR hasn’t even created the jobs the ESDC promised!! I can speak for the majority because if there is so much support (because ‘you’ say so) for the arena then why does FCR need BerlinRosen? And why does FCR need government bailouts/welfare? Now FCR/NJ Nets needs to get another ‘import’ (to the tune of $250 million dollars) to bailout FCR AGAIN, visas for Chinese investors!! The arena is being built but you have a winless and talentless New Jersey Nets BB team that will play in an empty arena with a handful of ‘imported fans’!! Gee aren’t the residents’ of Brooklyn & “Pete from Long Island” privileged to have all these imports providing us with the “Long Island Nets” team!!!
Nov. 27, 2010, 8:16 am
Jonny from Park Slope says:
Pete, you and your ignorance can stay in Long Island. we don't wantcha.
Nov. 27, 2010, 4:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Mike, Daniel Goldstein is hardly what is known as a sell out. As a matter of fact, he stayed in his apartment about 7 years after everyone else left it. BTW, he was pretty much by himself, though he did get married and have a daughter there as well. If he was really a phony, he would have taken the first offer he was given years ago and left already, but he didn't. If anyone here is a sell out, it's Bertha Lewis, who was head of the now-bankrupt ACORN. Of course her history of being sell actually predates her allegiance to Ranter, it goes back to the 1980's when she was living her South Bronx apartment and the landlord wanted to rennovate the place to make the rent expensive for the long time residents to be priced out. Orignally, she said that she was going to fight with them, but she took the first offer she saw and left there never to return again while the rest continued on without her. If anyone is really a sell out and a phony, it is Lewis, not Goldstein Keep in mind that I am probably the only person here who has actually met with him in person, so I know where he stands. If you have a bone to pick with him, then go to the 2 PM performance of In the Footprint this Saturday and stay after to join in the conversation with him unless you really are scared of him. One other thing, he is still in this fight, because he has signed no gag order unlike Lewis, who did. On a side note, ACORN, who has been known for advocating for the hard working, was actually absent in many fights for either affordable housing or rents that were recent.
Nov. 28, 2010, 2:01 pm
Pete from Long Island says:
You're all twisting in the wind... I can tell !!! 7 years you delayed this project. Cost lots construction jobs and obstructed for 7 years. Now it's payback time. The arena gets built brick by brick and all of you will just stand there and watch... no more legal leverage left for you..Wow you won in court after countless times you lost..but it was a shallow victory because the arena goes up. The arena will be a monument to your agony and we will all be there..those that supported the arena and we will fist pump for our victory and your agony because in the end... WE PREVAILED and YOU LOST !!!!!!
Nov. 28, 2010, 2:22 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
-> Pete from Long Island: You are one delusional dude....
If you’re really a part of the “winners that prevailed” then you wouldn’t be posting such grandiose statements attributed to yourself! So what exactly did you contribute to this ‘hallow victory’? I know you flew in from Long Island in your private jet, helicopter or limo and ___________________________!!!!
(Please fill in the blank so the rest of Brooklyn can appreciate your invaluable assistance in bringing the arena to Brooklyn)
‘YOU didn’t win anything!’ you are just one of the handfuls of “hanger-on-er’s” and "wannabes" that has to ‘buy a ticket’ into the arena to watch a talentless & winless BB team ….. When the billionaire Russian stops funding the NJ Nets BB team, the NBA will close down the franchise & then the residents of Brooklyn will WIN, because we’ll have ‘real talent’ performing in the arena like dancing bears, circus clowns, elephants standing on a platform….. Those acts will create ‘real’ jobs for Brooklyn….. Scooping the ‘crap’ they leave behind….
Nov. 28, 2010, 4:07 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
There are 5 million people in Brooklyn. No one cares if anyone here goes to games or not. Get over yourselves, you are not that important, and the Nyets will do just fine without you.
Nov. 28, 2010, 11:28 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
->(no) common sense.... there are approximately 2.5 million /- Brooklyn residents, you have to exaggerate the numbers to increase supporters to 2 handfuls… o' I forgot the populous Bay Ridge is where the elitists reside.... Look at the state the team is still in...... The NJ Nets are talentless losers & will be 'fine' because ‘you’ accept losing but no one else will.... we are that important, you keep answering our posts!! So you would move on if we're not... you won't!! Ask BerlinRosen who supports FCR/NJ Nets..... NOBODY, not enough to make a profitable business!!!! FCR/NJ Nets are spending hundreds of thousands to BerlinRosen to change that but it will never happen….. Just exactly why is FCR engaging BerlinRosen?
Nov. 29, 2010, 7:11 am
John from Kensington says:
Go Nets! I can't wait to take the kids to our first game there!
Nov. 29, 2010, 10 am
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
-> John from Kensington:

We notice you don't associate 'Brooklyn' with Nets in your posting....

YEA!! Go 'nameless' Net LOSERS!!!
Nov. 29, 2010, 10:56 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Pete, stop drinking the Ratner kool aid and listen. Ratner's promises are nothing but lies in the end. In reality, he is just using this to build up his army of yesman to back him, while in the end they will get just about nothing in return. If any jobs will given to those people they will either be temporary or minium wage, while the big ones will just be relocated employees, which doesn't help the community at all. BTW, the number of construction jobs is actually going to be 1,500 over the course of 10 years, not 15,000, which is has been proven countless times. Just to let you know, Ratner made very similar promises to those that helped in fight for MTC over in downtown Brooklyn, and they wound up never getting any jobs, while those that located there, including JP Morgan Chase, just relocated their existing employees rather than hiring the locals. Even the government agencies, who located there to bail him out, did the same thing hence making that complex an epic fail for the neighborhood. As a matter of fact, MTC was seen as a place that alienates a 24-7 community especially since it was seen as nothing more than an office park that was built over numerous streets where actual thriving businesses were. Just come there when the work day is over or on weekends and see how it's like there. Overall, this project was never about the Nets, it was about a greedy developer who just wants more land. To Ratner, the Nets were nothing but a trojan horse that he used to help please important politicians to support this project, otherwise they would have said no.
Nov. 29, 2010, 3:37 pm
TYE from East ny says:
What are you talking about Tal Barzilai? instead of you trying to critize ratner and his project, you don't seems to realize that he trying to create jobs and affordable housing. bringing back sport to brooklyn is a great idea. This is the borough that was dedicated to what used to be the "Brooklyn Dogders". And im sure once the Nets arrive here in brooklyn. This borough will support this team. So get a life TAL Barzilai. LET GO NETS!!!!
Nov. 29, 2010, 6:55 pm
Lena from Williamsburg says:
In the Slope: You need to chill. I understand how angry you are, but if you are so pissed off than move elsewhere. Your opinion isn going to change the construction of the arena at this point. Sorry to say.
Nov. 29, 2010, 7:31 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
This project is not all funded through the public. They brought the Russian in for a reason. I just heard we have to bail out 25 billion dollars worth of morgtages to the government. I think thats a little worse than a few dollars being put towards this significant project!
Nov. 29, 2010, 7:34 pm
John from Park Slope says:
GO Barclays Center!
Nov. 29, 2010, 7:34 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
I think you are the delusional one In the Slope. Keep talking
Nov. 29, 2010, 7:37 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
Lena from Williamsburg & Dave from Park Slope:

Is that the ‘best’ you can contribute, ‘why don’t you move, you’re sorry about that, I’m delusional?’ doesn’t deserve any rebuttal, from the apparent lack of substance you MUST be employed by FCR…..

And John from Park Slope says: GO Barclays Center!

You make my point, few will ever associate Brooklyn with the arena…..
Nov. 29, 2010, 8:07 pm
linkedit from Morris County, NJ says:
All this money for the crappy Nets? What a joke. The Atlantic Yards area isn't crowded enough as it is?
Nov. 29, 2010, 10:27 pm
Andrew from Midwood says:
The nets won yesterday, Go Nets! This conversation is pretty heated. As a born and raised Brooklynite from Midwood, I am admitting I have always been a NJ Nets fan, and even though I don't make it down much to the area of the Barclays Center site much, I will be going once the Nets start playing there. Looking forward to 2012.
Nov. 29, 2010, 11:49 pm
Peter from Clinton Hill says:
It's great that Ratner's construction projects inspire such positive community reaction. Another one of Ratner's beautiful additions to the Brooklyn landscape.

And where's all the jobs this project was supposed to create. I only count twenty workers in that picture. Maybe that's the same twenty workers that will be working the job for the thirty or forty years that it will take to complete.

And Pete form Long Island, if your so excited about the project why don't we go and build it in your backyard.
Nov. 30, 2010, 4:54 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
TYE, can you prove where the Nets were not just a trojan horse for Ratner, because I would like to see the evidence for that? If you actually looked at the plan, the arena is really about 10% of the actual project. If it was really the focus, then it would the majority of it. Doesn't 22 acres sound sort of excessive for an arena that will take up far less than that? Just because I oppose the project, doesn't mean that I am against affordable housing and jobs for others. Also, quit acting so black and white to this issue as well, because I have met with the opposition, and they have never been against developement on the rail yards. If this project does get stopped, then another more reasonable project can there. As a matter of fact, the lost homes can be replaced with real affordable housing by allowing those kicked out to live there. If the rail yards will remain undeveloped, it will be because of the MTA, not the opposition. Speaking of the Dodgers, if Brooklyn was able to move on without the Dodgers, it can live without the Nets. If you really want Brooklyn to have a NBA team, then convince David Stern, the NBA's commissioner, to have an expansion team there rather than take an already existing one when the Nets are one of NJ's two actual teams. You really need to stop drinking the Ratner kool aid and eating his humble pie. Here is something interesting TYE, did you know that when Charles Barron represented your neighboorhood, he recomended it to Ratner to build it there? How would you feel when all the traffic and noise in a once quiet area such as your's will turn out? My guess is that you wouldn't like, though you don't seem to mind when it's not your neighborhood being affected. One other thing, I have every right to criticize Ratner just as you have to criticize Goldstein. If MTC and his two malls are such a success, I would like to see proof for those as well while I tend to see the reverse to be true. On a side note, if I am really wasting my time, then why give me the time of day? Was it a slow day for you or are like one of Robert Mugabe's soldiers to look for the last holdouts on speaking against Ratner? You sort of remind me of those Freedom Tower Fanatics who keep trying to slience us pro-Towers supporters. If anyone needs to get a life, it's you. I will never allow for a project that involves both the abuse of eminent domain and corporate welfare, so I continue to fight it. When Ratner lies to you, don't come crying to me about it.
Nov. 30, 2010, 5:36 pm
lolcat from Slope says:
Daniel Goldsteins payout has nothing to do with the utter destruction and blight this arena will create.

Fine. I get it. The Arena is coming.

Demolishing businesses and homes to build surface parking is deplorable IS blight.

When can we use eminent domain to seize that area?
Nov. 30, 2010, 8:39 pm
annoymous from plg says:
go it ALREADY!
Dec. 1, 2010, 9:49 am
common sense from bay ridge says:
@Tal: You can't compare Dodger team that was fabric of Brooklyn for generations to Nyets team that has yet to play here. Not to mention the popularity of baseball compared to any other sport in this area. Brooklyn certainly didn't just move on when Bums left, it's still all too painful to anyone that was around, and those who wonder what might have been.

Having pro sports teams representing Brooklyn is a net plus for the borough, even if the whole arena building process was suspect at best. Though it should have been a Major League Baseball team, as much as a pipe dream as it may be.
Dec. 1, 2010, 11:19 am
TYe from eAST NY says:
Listen Tal Barzilai. First of all i care less how you feel about the project. Brooklyn is a basketball town. And it deserve an Nba team. Just to get the record straight, the Nba commissioner has already approve the nets move to brooklyn a long time ago. Another thing that annoying is that you sound just like those ( DDDB) who complain too much about the project. You and them idiots DDDB need to get a life and move on. This project will be built no matter if you like it or not. Like blommberg said" You only gonna look back and see that the barclay was built and it was done. So LETS GO NETS!!!!!!!
Dec. 1, 2010, 1:27 pm
In The Slope from Park Slope says:
-> TYe from eAST NY:
And ALL you so called 'local' supporters (really the NJ Nets PR Dept/FCRats) that never answer with facts; the FACTS are IF Brooklyn is such a basketball town and the residents want the talentless New Jersey Nets basketball team/arena then why does the billionaire Russian, New Jersey Nets/FCR need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not a million or two) to BerlinRosen to change the communities lack of support? BerlinRosen knows the community will NEVER support it, NEVER!! Either way they get paid... SO AGAIN, just exactly why is FCR engaging BerlinRosen? Call Mr. Rabinowitz and post what he has to say.... you won't do it because you know what Mr. Rabinowitz will say, "I was hired by FCR because my specialty is to move support for the arena and the NJ Nets from the grassroots up because the community doesn't support the arena or the NJ Nets!!" You blather on about DDDB and the arena is being built.... yes, so stipulated, so what, you'll have an EMPTY arena with several thousand empty parking spaces because of a few hanger-on-ers wearing a sponge hats can say, "I'm a fan of the talentless/losing NJ Nets basketball team, WE'RE NUMBER ZERO, LAST PLACE!!"

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Dec. 1, 2010, 2:58 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
Once again, In The Slope proves him/herself to be a megalomaniac, insisting that his/her thoughts are that of the community. ITS, take your meds , and try to remember that you are only 1 person.
Dec. 1, 2010, 5:26 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
-> (NO) common sense from (the self-indulgent elitists’ community of) bay ridge:
Your retorts are always not very relevant to any salient points…. You ALWAYS avoid reality of FACT, like BerlinRosen. Call Mr. Rabinowitz he'll be glad to find the 3~10 residents to parade around NJ Nets/FCR. You’ll never really have to buy any tickets, they'll give still give them away like they do today!!
Brooklyn’s only megalomaniacs are the few 'wannabe' supporter's (NJ Nets PR dept/FCRats) of a useless, talentless NBA team & FCR's arena... Try supporting a ‘real’ NY team….
Dec. 1, 2010, 5:55 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
May I please ask for those who support this project to please give evidence to where Ratner will actually keep his promise. All I am hearing is some of you rushing to the defense of him rather than backing your claims. Keep in mind that I have given evidence backing my claims, but I have yet to see some of you back your claims. A blanket statement doesn't answer my questions. Please don't give me that he is trying to create jobs statement, because this is common for any developer to say that and then lie to the community. Some were told that they wouldn't be priced out, but that happened. As for DDDB, they were the ones actually living in the footprint, so they do have every right to save their property no matter what. For the record, I am not part of DDDB nor was I seeked by them, I came to support their cause on my own. As for this claim that the communities support this, I would like to see evidence for that as well, because I have seen the reverse of that to be true. The opposition doesn't just come from immediate areas such as Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Park Slope, I have seen it comming from as far Brooklyn Heights to Greenpoint. From what I have seen is that whatever defines Brownstone Brooklyn, actually opposes it more than supports it, but I would like to see proof stating otherwise, which many of you supporters refuse to show.
Dec. 1, 2010, 6:12 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
@In the Slope (aka James Dolan): Should we support the "real NY team" that helped destroy one of the crown jewels of NYC (original Penn Station). That is a much bigger crime than anything I've seen the Nyets accused of.

The fact remains that if the team wins, people will flock to see them. If they stink for another decade, the crowds will dwindle away after the novelty wears off. This team never had support in NJ, moving to Brooklyn is the best move they could have made, and Brooklyn has deserved a pro sports team since the Dodgers left. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Dec. 1, 2010, 6:32 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
@ITS: LOL at someone from Park Slope referring to folks in another community as self indulged elitists.
Dec. 1, 2010, 6:35 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
-> common sense from bay ridge says:

OK NOW I'M REALLY INSULTED!! If you're going to 'out' me call me 'Bruce'
Dec. 1, 2010, 6:40 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
By the time the BROOKLYN Nets come home in 2012, Isiah Thomas should have completely destroyed the Knicks franchise for next decade. Which will leave the entire NYC basketball scene jumping on the Brooklyn bandwagon, causing much agita among certain posters on this site.
Dec. 1, 2010, 7:35 pm
In the Slope from Park Slope says:
From one of the quote: “causing much agita among certain posters on this site”

How can Park Slope be ‘self indulged elitists’ when FCR & the NY-ESDC claimed Park Slope to be ‘blighted’ so they could use eminent domain to ‘take private property’ for personal gain?

I don’t ever see Bay Ridge ‘volunteering’ to have any of these crap facilities built in your neighborhood… Come-on 'man up!!' Could it be because Gehry isn’t the architect? Now that’s elitist….

You are right that NJ didn’t support FCR/NJ Nets because when FCRats held NJ hostage in 2004 for a new FCRat arena for a losing talentless team; NJ was smart enough to say pack your talentless team up & get out & good riddance!!

Isiah Thomas has all ready destroyed the NY Knicks franchise long ago…. losing his/MSG sexual harassment suit by Anucha Browne Sanders for sexual advances and paying her $11.6 million; isn’t that enough?

Hell I’m all for the Dodgers moving back to Brooklyn; Build their stadium in Bay Ridge because you love pro sports…..

By 2012 David STERN will revoked the ‘Nameless’ Nets franchise due to the NBA’s vast staggering revenue losses and lack of interest from the strike & we’ll have some much needed franchise compression, maybe 3~4 teams close their doors…. updated 9:22 p.m. ET Nov. 22, 2010 - NEW YORK - NBA players' association executive director Billy Hunter said Monday he is "99 percent sure" there will be a player strike next summer!

I said a ‘NY Team’ like the Brooklyn Cyclones…. Didn’t say basketball necessarily…..

***** NEWS FLASH***** the team ‘could’ be renamed "Brooklyn Nets" (desired current working title), "New York Nets," or have a new name attached to its Brooklyn location.

If the New Jersey Nets were going to be named the ‘BROOKLYN Nets’ then the principal owner, Russian billionaire Mr. Prokhorov would have said so…. He hasn’t and with ‘Pete from Long Island’ remarkable amount of influence, maybe Mr. Prokhorov will acquiesce and proclaim the teams name as the ‘Long Island Nyets’….

But the King Mayor Bloomy likes the ‘New York Nets’ and now what BP Marty? You’ll lose again to Bloomy. So much for Marty’s ‘Bringing It to Brooklyn’s’ grand plan, what we got was a worthless Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement & ACORN got a reportedly 1 million dollar plus ‘loan’ from FCR and no ‘not-so-transparent Best of Brooklyn website is still apparently "coming soon …. Laughable if it wasn’t so tragic for the people that got hurt the worst and got so bamboozled….
Dec. 1, 2010, 9:35 pm

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