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January 31, 2010

Judge, I’m Telling You, the Car Was Grandma’s

New York Times
By Jim Dwyer

This light-hearted story starts off with a faux-mysterious tone regarding the location of Traffic Violations Bureau for Brooklyn North.

Traffic court.

To get to the one on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, you go to a big mall that all the subways on Earth run to, take the escalator up to the second floor and walk in one end of the Target, then out the other. There you are: the Traffic Violations Bureau for Brooklyn North.

Of course, the location in question is the Atlantic Center Mall, which is owned by Times business partner, Bruce Ratner. This is another example of more fluff in Metro coverage.

NoLandGrab: Isn't a mall a funny place for the Traffic Violations Buerau? Not if you're Ratner. Not only did his mall require public subsidies when first built, but now the the public keeps paying rent for the Department of Motor Vehicles, the mall's biggest tenant. And where was the Department of Motor Vehicles before moving to the mall? It was in a Bruce Ratner MetroTech building that he demolished so he could build his 36-story, luxury rental DKLB project.


Posted by steve at January 31, 2010 7:38 AM