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December 12, 2008

See what develops

Crain's Cleveland Business
by Scott Suttell

While we've been keeping an eye on what transpires in Cleveland, home of Forest City Ratner parent company Forest City Enterprises, Cleveland has apparently been keeping an eye on what's going on in Brooklyn.

A new show from the Independent Film Channel contends that developer Bruce Ratner — the New York branch of Cleveland’s Ratner family — used his influence to get a New York Daily News reporter pulled from covering the Atlantic Yards megaproject in Brooklyn.

In Tuesday’s episode of The IFC Media Project, reporter Ali Farahnakian looks at why the big New York newspapers have soft-pedaled coverage of Atlantic Yards, which has generated controversy among residents opposed to the project’s scope and use of eminent domain. It’s helpful in this context to know that Mr. Ratner is the developer of The New York Times’ new skyscraper near Times Square.

Unfortunately, the episode isn’t available to watch online. (I have it on my DVR if you want to come over and watch.) But an anti-Atlantic Yards blog, NoLandGrab.org, has a summary of the show, the biggest scoop of which is the contention that former Daily News reporter Deborah Kolben was removed from covering the project when Mr. Ratner’s “top people” complained about her reporting.

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NoLandGrab: Thanks for the props, guys, but our summary was actually a summary of Norman Oder's Atlantic Yards Report post. As usual, AYR did the heavy lifting.

Posted by eric at December 12, 2008 12:28 PM