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January 5, 2008

The year in Yards!

The Brooklyn Papers
Dana Rubinstein compiles the highlights. Remember this fun from one year ago?

January

Slap in the face: Bruce Ratner pulled a fast one on the very African-American constituents he had courted with his “Jobs, Hoops and Housing” plan, by signing a $400-million naming rights deal for the Nets arena with Barclays, a financial giant that has been linked to South Africa’s apartheid government, the Third Reich, and the slave trade.

Community, shammunity: The story breaks that community groups and schools will have to pay as much as $100,000 to rent Bruce Ratner’s Nets arena — an apparent pullback from the developer’s promise to make the arena available to local non-profit groups “at a reasonable rate.” Clearly, the meaning of the word “reasonable” depends on one’s tax bracket.

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Posted by amy at January 5, 2008 10:00 AM