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  • The Ratner Seven - A hypocritical lawsuit against the hypocritical Atlantic Yards developer

    11/20/2011 3:04:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | 18 November 2011 | Nicole Gelinas
    Earlier this week, seven Brooklyn residents filed a federal lawsuit against Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Atlantic Yards basketball arena, accusing him of committing a grave injustice. The plaintiffs, however, aren’t opposed to injustice; in fact, they had hoped to benefit from it. For the wrongs that they’ve suffered, Bruce Ratner’s latest useful idiots have no one to blame but themselves. Ratner has spent eight years using the power of New York City and New York State to injure people who don’t have the arbitrary power of the government backing them. Starting in 2003, Ratner garnered the support of...
  • Prokhorov NBA Bid...; ACORN-Funder Ratner Needs Russian Billionaire to Build Brooklyn Arena

    04/11/2010 9:46:14 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 454+ views
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | 04/11/2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Prokhorov NBA Bid Gets Scrutiny; ACORN-Funder Ratner Needs Russian Billionaire to Build Brooklyn Arena Bruce Ratner is a New York real estate developer and owner of the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. For five years, hes been trying to move the team to a new arena in Brooklyn that he hopes to build, relying on New Yorks powers of eminent domain to move hundreds of homeowners and businessmen out of their quarters.The Brooklyn arena project, known as Atlantic Yards, is on life support. It is only being kept alive by an investment of Russias richest man, Mikhail...
  • (Russian)Tycoon's tyrant ties (Zimbabwe-Mugabe) threaten Nets deal (& Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards)

    04/11/2010 8:36:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies · 1,136+ views
    New Yok Post ^ | April 11, 2010 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    A New Jersey congressman says he will demand a government inquiry into Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire poised to buy the New Jersey Nets, for his extensive business dealings in Zimbabwe -- a bombshell that could blow up the $200 million team deal and threaten the future of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards, The Post has learned. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, wants to know if companies controlled by Prokhorov in Zimbabwe violate federal rules that forbid American citizens and companies, and subsidiaries set up in the United States, from doing business with...
  • Robin Hood in Reverse - New Yorks eminent domain policies rob the vulnerable to reward the...

    01/17/2010 10:13:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 464+ views
    City Journal ^ | 15 January 2010 | John K. Ross, Dick Carpenter
    New Yorks eminent domain policies rob the vulnerable to reward the powerful.In November, New Yorks Court of Appeals, the states highest court, upheld the use of eminent domain to take homes and small businesses to make way for wealthy developer Bruce Ratners so-called Atlantic Yards development: 16 mammoth skyscrapers centered around a basketball arena. The court accepted the Empire State Development Corporations contention that the area was blightedbased on a study that Ratner paid for himself and which wasnt even initiated until years after the project was announced. The court didnt go so far as to embrace the reasoning of...
  • A Blight Grows in Brooklyn

    01/03/2010 6:23:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,029+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2010 | George Will
    BROOKLYN -- On Aug. 27, 1776, British forces routed George Washington's novice army in the Battle of Brooklyn, which was fought in fields and woods where today the battle of Prospect Heights is being fought. Americans' liberty is again under assault, but this time by overbearing American governments. The fight involves an especially egregious example of today's eminent domain racket. The issue is a form of government theft that the Supreme Court encouraged with its worst decision of the last decade -- one that probably will be radically revised in this one. The Atlantic Yards site, where 10 subway lines...
  • Property Rights Are No Slam-Dunk

    12/03/2009 5:44:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,013+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 3, 209 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Eminent Domain: Four years after the Supreme Court told a Connecticut homeowner that no one's house is safe from developers, Brooklyn homeowners may lose their homes to a pro basketball team. On June 3, 2005, by a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively repealed the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, deciding that your constitutional right to be secure in your home didn't matter if your state or community decided your property could produce more revenue as a shopping mall or condominium development. Pfizer coveted Susette Kelo's working-class neighborhood for an office park and condominium complex. The city fathers...
  • "...the Atlantic Yards project in BrooklynI dont think its going to happen."

    03/25/2009 4:48:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 335+ views
    Reason Hit & Run ^ | March 25, 2009 | Damon W. Root
    Here's one genuinely welcome casualty of the Bush-Obama recession. Gothamist brings word that Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards project is floundering: Starchitect Frank Gehry really stepped in it during a recent interview with industry journal The Architect's Newspaper, admitting he doesn't think developer Bruce Ratner's $4.2 billion plan to build a Nets basketball arena, office towers and thousands of apartments in Brooklyn will become a reality. In an interview on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Gehry dropped the bombshell when asked about unrealized commissions he most wishes had been built: "The Corcoran Gallery in DC, the Atlantic Yards project in BrooklynI...
  • Supreme Court Denies Eminent Domain Petition (for Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn, NY)

    06/23/2008 3:11:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 232+ views
    developdontdestroy.org ^ | June 23, 2008 | NA
    Supreme Court Denies Eminent Domain Petition From Owners & Tenants Facing Property Seizures for Atlantic Yards 11 Property Owners and Tenants Will Take Their Case to NY State Court To Challenge the Improper Use of Eminent Domain Under New York State Law BROOKLYN, NY--The United States Supreme Court denied the petition to grant a hearing (cert petition) to eleven property owners and tenants who asked the court to hear their appeal on the Second Circuit Courts dismissal of their challenge to the use of eminent domain for Forest City Ratners Atlantic Yards development proposal in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The petition...
  • Drew Carey's TV Program On Eminent Domain Abuse

    11/29/2007 5:01:07 AM PST · by lpnykahuna · 13 replies · 225+ views
    www.GroundReport.com ^ | 11/16/07 | Richard Cooper
    "The short program focuses on eminent domain in National City, California where a Community Youth Center diverting at-risk youth with its boxing program is threatened with removal by eminent domain abuse in order to install a luxury condominium development."
  • Eminent domain boycott of British-owned Bank

    03/23/2007 8:41:29 PM PDT · by lpnykahuna · 5 replies · 438+ views
    Brooklyn Papers ^ | 3/24/07 | Gersh Kuntzman
    New gripe against Barclays By Gersh Kuntzman The Brooklyn Paper Barclays Banks partnership with Bruce Ratner is under fire again but this time not because of the banks slavery- and apartheid-linked past. The New York Libertarian Party is now calling for a nationwide boycott of the British banking behemoth on the grounds that its participation in the Atlantic Yards project is a tacit endorsement of the states use of eminent domain to condemn private property and turn it over to a private developer, Ratner. Barclays participation in eminent domain is an outrage as a private enterprise disrespecting property rights,...
  • Barclays Bank Boycott To Protest Eminent Domain Abuse

    03/19/2007 8:27:09 PM PDT · by lpnykahuna · 4 replies · 923+ views
    Libertarian Party of New York ^ | 3/19/07 | Richard Cooper
    Libertarian Party of NY -- Press Release -- Barclays Bank Boycott To Protest Eminent Domain Abuse Barclays Bank Boycott To Protest Eminent Domain Abuse LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW YORK http://www.ny.lp.org/ 516-767-4688 Contact: Richard Cooper, State Chair nylibertarian@hotmail.com Gary Popkin, Brooklyn-Queens Chair www.Hardfire.net BARCLAYS BANK BOYCOTT TO PROTEST EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE Brooklyn, NY 3/19/07 New York Libertarian Party leaders Richard Cooper and Gary Popkin call for a nationwide boycott of Barclays Bank due to its participation in the eminent domain abuse scheme of Brooklyns Atlantic Yards. Barclays, a British bank with branches in America, agreed to pay the developer Forest City...
  • State Approves Major Complex for Brooklyn (Atlantic Yards)

    12/22/2006 7:03:28 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 293+ views
    NY Times ^ | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    A state oversight board voted yesterday to approve the Atlantic Yards project near Downtown Brooklyn, removing the last regulatory hurdle for one of the biggest real estate projects in the citys history. The vote by the Public Authorities Control Board capped three years of battles between opponents and supporters of the $4 billion project. The version approved yesterday eight million square feet over 22 acres along Atlantic Avenue includes a huge residential housing complex with about 6,400 market-rate and subsidized apartments, a basketball arena for the Nets, and a smattering of office space, with a design punctuated by...
  • Eminent Domain & Hoboken, New Jersey

    04/17/2006 9:47:26 AM PDT · by MisterX · 3 replies · 813+ views
    Mondo QT ^ | April 14, 2006 | Carola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff
    Happy communities are all alike-- but every community threatened by eminent domain abuse (EDA) is different. Are political corruption and EDA joined at the hip in Jersey? Let's just say public use in Pay-2-Play Land is one mighty strange bird. Part 3 of a 4 part series focusing on eminent domain abuse in different locales .... Locations covered to date: Albany, New York, New London, Connecticut, Hoboken, New Jersey, Next up: the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York. A mammoth land grab launched by developer Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation-- one of the most powerful...