A group of Brooklyn residents who took part in a job training program tied to Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards development project claims they were given false promises of union membership at the end of the program, according to a Federal lawsuit filed yesterday.
Forest City Ratner still does not own the 8-acre rail yard that will form the backbone of its Atlantic Yards project, but that did not keep the company from starting “preparatory work” on Tuesday. (From the looks of this photo, they needed to shovel the snow first.)
The developer agreed to buy Read More
Norman Oder reported yesterday that Forest City Ratner had given out another $350,000 to an ally in its fight to bring the Atlantic Yards complex to Brooklyn.
Well, Forest City spokesman Joe DePlasco tells us that figure is the total amount budgeted to be given the group, the Downtown Brooklyn Educational Consortium, Read More
Last night’s panel on Atlantic Yards, sponsored by Women in Housing and Finance, was painful and frankly not terribly informative. (You can check out blogger Norman Oder’s play-by-play here.) But following up, we received a statement today from developer Forest City Ratner spokesman Joe DePlasco, who said: “We have also agreed to build Read More
Forest City Ratner could begin demolishing the Underberg building as early as next week, spokesman Joe DePlasco told us, now that an appellate judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday. All that is needed now is a permit from the city Department of Buildings.
But they better hurry. Opponents of Read More
Bloomberg aide Bill Cunningham is headed over to Dan Klores’s PR firm, where he and his 2001 adversary Joe DePlasco can spend countless hours going over the fine points of Stalinism.
From the press release: “Bill’s experience in the public affairs and political arenas is unrivaled,” [DKC President Sean] Cassidy said. Read More
Forest City Ratner spokesman Joe DePlasco e-mails to say there were only “about six” focus groups with “a total of maybe 70 people,” not thousands as reported in The Brooklyn Papers (and below).
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Forest City Ratner just issued a press release coming clean with just how much the developer has given to community groups supporting its Atlantic Yards project: $138,000 to BUILD, which is supposed to run job training programs, and $50,000 to the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Association, which is supposed to set up Read More
Brooklyn residents boarding the F train at Bergen Street in Cobble Hill this morning had a choice of newspaper hawkers to deal with. Alongside the AM New York representative–headline: “THE PLAME GAME”–stood a guy with copies of the Brooklyn Standard.
Last month, the New York Sun brought word of the arrival Read More