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August 15, 2011

THE SCORE HEARS... ODER EXPOSES ATLANTIC YARDS

NY Daily News
by Michael O'Keeffe

Norman Oder is funny when he's angry - and he was furious on Thursday night at Galapagos Art Space.

The man behind Atlantic Yards Report, the blog that serves as the primary watchdog for Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner's Brooklyn real estate scheme, cracked up the crowd at the DUMBO nightspot as he ripped through a list of the people and things - including Mayor Bloomberg, phony Dodgers nostalgia, Nets chief executive officer Brett Yormark, The New York Times, the Daily News - that piss him off. He compared the history of Ratner's project to Byzantine plot twists of Roman Polanski's 1974 film noir classic, "Chinatown."

"Forget it, Jake," Oder hissed throughout his presentation, "it's Atlantic Yards."

Oder was one of the featured speakers of "Get Smart," a weekly salon that combines lectures and performance art (think Nerd Night meets Burning Man) and he took the Galapagos audience on a 15-minute tour of Atlantic Yards' absurdities and falsehoods. "When I get angry I work harder," Oder added, explaining his commitment to his blog. "I'm not an ideologue. I'm not a NIMBY. I just don't like being lied to."

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Posted by eric at August 15, 2011 3:45 PM