Here’s a remarkably pungent year-end interview with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, an Atlantic Yards Project supporter, by media outlet er he feels doesn’t give the project a fair shake: Brooklyn Papers.
Here is how the interview started, according to a politely edited transcript.
Q: Did you see our banner headline on the front page this week? “APPROVED.”
A: Look, The Paper, in my humble opinion — and I have a right to criticize — is overwhelmingly anti-[Atlantic Yards]. Not just the editorials, which you have every right to do, but the stories are tilted every freaking time. That’s my humble opinion. I’m sorry, it is NOT a balanced newspaper. It’s not.
Editorially, you can blast away ’til Kingdom Come. But it is so overwhelmingly against Atlantic Yards. Everyone knows that if there is any way to attack the project, The Brooklyn Papers will be there to do so.
Later, according to an audio clip of the interview posted on Brooklyn Papers’ website, Markowitz goes on to say:
“The truth of the matter is, it comes down to this: when you’re against something, fuck it, you’ll do anything you can to stop it.”
– Azi Paybarah