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March 23, 2010

Synergy! Thanks to Barclays/Nets money, the Brooklyn Historical Society highlights ex-Net (and arena promoter) Albert King in new sports curriculum

Atlantic Yards Report

Another installment in AYR's series on the Atlantic Yards ceremonial groundbreaking.

One element of the "goodie bag" that guests got to take home was a CD containing samples from Bats, Balls, Nets and Hoops: Stories of Sports in Brooklyn, the latest in a series of educational curriculum kits from the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS).

It was a nice piece of synergy and a sign that the BHS, like the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is another elite Brooklyn institution likely to show fealty to Forest City Ratner and Barclays Capital.

(The generosity in the form of donations, of course, is far less than the subsidies, tax breaks, and other concessions granted by the public to the donors. Heck, FCR was given the arena naming rights to sell to Barclays.)

Albert King front and center

On the cover of the CD--custom-produced for the occasion--was Brooklyn-born basketball player Albert King, a former New Jersey Net.

And there he was, featured on two of the six tracks.

And there were logos from Barclays and the Nets, along with an announcement of funding from the Barclays/Nets Community Alliance, which initially focused on renovating playgrounds, aiming at a different neighborhood demographic.

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NoLandGrab: Shame on the Brooklyn Historical Society for getting in bed with Forest City Ratner and selling its name to a project that has already knocked down the Ward Bakery building and aims to soon demolish the old Spalding factory, whose Spaldeens were integral to Brooklyn's sports history.

Posted by eric at March 23, 2010 10:45 AM