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May 17, 2006

Letting a thousand projects bloom

Metro NY
By Amy Zimmer

The Empire State Development Corporation (the lead agency for Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards proposal) is involved in more development projects today than ever before. ESDC Chairman Charles Gargano talked to Metro about the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Moynihan Station and other ongoing projects.

What do you say to Brooklynites concerned about the Atlantic Yards?

The facts are that we didn’t really have to use eminent domain because there were friendly condemnations done. The amount of condemnation that we had to do was very small. I grew up in Park Slope, and another big blunder by the city was we lost the Brooklyn Dodgers. They wanted to build a new Ebbets Field at the Atlantic Yards. And because of that blunder in the ’50s, we have had a blighted look in the Atlantic Yards for nearly 50 years. There will always be people who object because everybody has different personal interests, and that’s OK. But I think what you have to do is do it for the majority.


NoLandGrab: Whether Gargano pleads insanity or ignorance, he's dead wrong. The use of eminent domain is still pending for the Atlantic Yards project.

And what the hell is a "friendly condemnation?" The Chairman is just nuts.

Check out Atlantic Yards Report for the complete lowdown on Gargano's lies and damn lies.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn can only come to one conclusion that makes sense, Charles Gargano is reporting from the future.

Posted by lumi at May 17, 2006 5:33 PM