June 2, 2007
The Ratnerville Singout: targeting Bruce, sampling Stuckey, rhyming Markowitz
Atlantic Yards Report reports from the Ratnerville Singout:
Chris Owens (political candidate and talented singer) sang a Mellencamp-esque "Do Not Go Gently," Scott Turner (of Fans for Fair Play) rockingly mourned "Brooklyn Is Dying." Atomic Grind Show played a ditty titled "Freddy's is an Escalator Now," a reference to manager Donald O'Finn's prediction of what would replace the bar should the arena be built.
But most of the songs managed to take off on the developer's name, which, of course, is no fault of his own.
Steve deSeve offered a deft capsule description of his song, "It's a Ratner Day" (sample lyric: "The sun is blocked/by all the buildings"). Citing the infamous "no towers" brochure the developer mailed to hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites, he observed, "If you play the brochure backwards, this is the song."
Posted by amy at June 2, 2007 10:49 AM