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August 31, 2007

Wrecking balls

The Brooklyn Paper

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Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner will move forward with a long-planned demolition this week, leaving a family that is suing to stop the project to live, literally, in the shadow of its progress.

Over the next week, the developer will complete the emergency demolition of the Wards Bakery parapet, which collapsed in a near-fatal accident in April, and also move forward with preliminary demolition of buildings at 814 and 818 Pacific St., between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, according to a construction update issued by the Empire State Development Corporation.

For the village of holdouts that remain in the project’s largely abandoned footprint, the construction notice was dismissed with a sigh.

“All the buildings are coming down. Sometimes if feels like it makes no sense for ours to be standing up,” said Maria Gonzalez, who has lived at 812 Pacific St. with her husband, Jose, for 35 years.

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NoLandGrab: Taking down every building in sight is a tried-and-true tactic straight from the land-grabbing developers' playbook. And Maria Gonzalez's response to it is exactly the emotion Bruce Ratner is aiming for.

Posted by lumi at August 31, 2007 8:37 AM