March 23, 2009
Putting a stake in the heart of Dodgers nostalgia, new book on O’Malley points out that Brooklyn had rebounded by the 1960s
Atlantic Yards Report
Much has been made of how Bruce Ratner's acquisition of the NJ Nets will ultimately fill the hole left in the heart of Brooklyn, over 50 years ago, by the Dodgers' exodus to Southern California. However a new book about the storied franchise peeks behind the myth of the Dodgers and serves to question the pr strategy for NYC's most ambitious single-source mixed-use development project.
Interestingly, an interview with the author prompts WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate to reveal how he feels about Bruce Ratner's overdevelopment scheme.
For Atlantic Yards watchers, probably the most significant thing about Michael D’Antonio's revisionist biography of Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner,and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles, is his effort to put Dodgers nostalgia in perspective, blaming it on Roger Kahn’s book The Boys of Summer, and his explanation of why the Brooklyn Dodgers were America’s team in a way that no team today--let alone the Brooklyn Nets--could be.
Posted by lumi at March 23, 2009 6:36 AM