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December 11, 2008

AY fatigue? At CBN's anniversary event, small crowd, two reporters hear call for project audit

Atlantic Yards Report

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Wednesday morning, on the the fifth anniversary of the announcement of the Atlantic Yards project, the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods requested the city and state comptrollers to conduct an audit of all public monies spent on the project.

At first, only about a dozen people attended the press conference, including two local activists, Jo Anne Simon and Ken Baer, who are running for the City Council seat currently occupied by David Yassky. State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and City Council Member Letitia James were late. Besides myself, only one reporter--a representative of the Brooklyn Paper--was in attendance.

Could it be that the press and public are tired of the Atlantic Yards issue, even as new questions--such as why the state has seemingly let developer Forest City Ratner stall the repairs on the Carlton Avenue bridge--have arisen? The event was held at the corner of Dean Street and Sixth Avenue, where Forest City Ratner recently tore down two structurally sound row houses, leaving what CBN calls developer's blight and the distinctive outline of a since-demolished house on its neighbor's wall.

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Posted by eric at December 11, 2008 10:03 AM