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April 23, 2010

After 6 years against Atlantic Yards, Daniel Goldstein takes the money and leaves

NY Daily News
by Juan Gonzalez

A must-read from a Daily News columnist who gets it.

Back in 2005, Jim Stuckey, a top aide to real estate mogul Bruce Ratner, gave me a tour of the Atlantic Yards site.

Stuckey proudly pointed to the architectural model in his office, to the new Nets arena, to the 16 high-rise housing towers - most of them market-rate - and to the retail shopping complex.

"Where is Dan Goldstein's apartment on your site?" I asked.

Stuckey placed his finger in the middle of the arena's footprint.

"Then you have a problem," I said. "Until you get Goldstein out, you can't build - and that won't be easy."


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Atlantic Yards Report, Daily News columnist Gonzalez: DDDB "ignited a much-needed public debate over what kind of city New York wants to become"

New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, in a sympathetic column headlined After 6 years against Atlantic Yards, Daniel Goldstein takes the money and leaves, connects Daniel Goldstein to Jane Jacobs:

Goldstein, a Web designer, was refusing to move. Only two years earlier, he had bought a new condo in the neighborhood for $590,000. He had this wild-eyed idea that the people of a community should be consulted before the government condemns their property to make a rich developer even richer.

Goldstein was a tireless organizer of his neighbors in Prospect Heights. He urged them to resist Ratner and his powerful backers, Mayor Bloomberg, former Govs. George Pataki and Eliot Spitzer and Gov. Paterson.

The group those neighbors founded, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, became an amazing grassroots movement.

Back in the 1960s, a little old lady named Jane Jacobs fought Robert Moses, when the legendary masterbuilder sought to bulldoze the Lower Manhattan Expressway through the heart of our city. Now a computer nerd named Goldstein and his group waged their own David-and-Goliath battle against the new masterbuilders.

Posted by eric at April 23, 2010 10:37 AM