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October 10, 2007

U.S. Court Hears Opponents of Atlantic Yards Argue for Reinstating Suit

The NY Times
By Alan Feuer

A federal appeals court heard spirited arguments yesterday on a lawsuit against the Atlantic Yards project near Downtown Brooklyn, but it reserved judgment on whether to reinstate the suit, which was dismissed by a federal judge in Brooklyn this year.


NY Times readers in Brooklyn are pretty used to the Times failing to disclose that the newspaper is business partners with Bruce Ratner, so it's really no big deal that the paper's legal reporter might have never heard about it, right?

The article falsely reports that the plaintiffs are "leaseholders of about a dozen homes and businesses scheduled to be condemned." The 13 plaintiffs are a combination of owners and tenants of residential and commercial properties within the footprint of Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards footprint.

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CityRoom, Arguments Are Heard in Atlantic Yards Case

On the other hand, Sewell Chan's report for the NY Times City Room Blog (with additional reporting by Feuer) contained the disclosure and characterized the plaintiffs as "a group of homeowners, business owners and residential and commercial tenants."

Chan's report also added:

The lawsuit, known as Goldstein v. Pataki, was filed in October 2006. It is one of the most significant eminent domain cases to be brought since the United States Supreme Court, in the Kelo v. City of New London decision in June 2005, held that public officials may transfer condemned property to another private interest if doing so would create a superior benefit to the public.

In the Atlantic Yards case, the plaintiffs have argued that any public benefit of the project was only incidental and a pretext for acquiring the land — and that the true purpose was to enrich the developer, Forest City Ratner Companies, and its investors.

Posted by lumi at October 10, 2007 9:51 AM