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December 4, 2010

At MetroTech tree lighting, Ratner, Markowitz, and a few pols; the crowd does not seem particularly enthused about the Brooklyn Nets

Atlantic Yards Report

There's a kind of efficiency in seeing much of the crew who think that the only way to improve a Brooklyn neighborhood is to destroy it while at the same time you get a dose of holiday cheer. That's life in Brooklyn in 2010.

On Tuesday, November 30, I headed over to MetroTech for the annual tree-lighting ceremony and some curiosity about just what developer Bruce Ratner and Borough President Marty Markowitz might say, and who else would show up.

Once again, no elected officials from Downtown Brooklyn and adjacent districts showed up.

In contrast with the event two years ago, which featured representatives of four Community Benefits Agreement signatories, this year's event featured representatives of just one, Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development (BUILD).

And Markowitz, though doing his very best to incite kids in the audience to get jazzed about the coming of the Brooklyn Nets (thanks to "Cousin Brucie"), generated a tepid reaction. Atlantic Yards backers will have to do a bunch more marketing to get the borough primed.

Who was there

Elected officials present were:

  • City Council Members Darlene Mealy (whose 41st District includes parts of Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush)
  • Mathieu Eugene (whose 40th District includes Kensington, Prospect-Lefferts, Ditmas Park; parts of Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush)
  • Lew Fidler (whose 46th District includes Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Georgetowne, Starrett City, Flatlands, Futurama, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Gerritsen Beach, Madison and Sheepshead Bay)
  • State Senator Marty Golden (whose 22nd District ranges from Bay Ridge to Gerritsen Beach).

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Posted by steve at December 4, 2010 8:13 AM