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August 21, 2007

Coney nets volleyball event

NY Daily News
By Denise Romano

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The AVP Brooklyn Open is coming to Coney Island this week for the second year in a row. The volleyball tournament will take place in a temporary, 4,000 seat stadium set up on the beach.

"We are very proud to come to Brooklyn and are excited to be here," said Chris Brahe, vice president of property sales of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. He noted that his company, owned by Bruce Ratner is pairing up with AVP (American Volleyball Player) for the event.

"This will allow us to start doing business in Brooklyn before the Atlantic Yards Arena opens in 2009," he said. "This way we don't have to wait two years."

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Norman Oder explains that just because a guy works for Bruce Ratner, a reporter is not obligated to run his quote, especially when it strains credulity.

Journalists and the AY timetable

From today's Daily News, in an article on the AVP Volleyball Tour co-produced by a Forest City Ratner subsidiary:

"This will allow us to start doing business in Brooklyn before the Atlantic Yards Arena opens in 2009," [executive Chris Brahe] said. "This way we don't have to wait two years."

But no one who's checked the construction schedule believes that the arena would open as scheduled in 2009.

Yesterday, in an interview with Metro for its Blogarithms column, I said, "After all, Atlantic Yards could take 20 years--it's supposed to take ten, but no one believes it."

That view is not limited to opponents and critics. Project landscape architect Laurie Olin has said it could take 20 years, as has project supporter Kathryn Wylde of the New York City Partnership.

NoLandGrab: If "vice president of property sales(?) of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment" Chris Brahe was really on top of his game, he would have said, "This will allow us to start doing business in Brooklyn before the privately funded Atlantic Yards Arena opens in Downtown Brooklyn, on the spot where Walter O'Malley planned a new Dodgers Stadium, in 2009, helping to generate $5.6 billion in new tax revenues and create 10,000 permanent jobs and 15,000 construction jobs, as guaranteed in our historic legally binding Community Benefits Agreement."

Then again, that might have tipped off the reporter that he was full of it.

Posted by lumi at August 21, 2007 9:48 AM