NY Daily News: Developer must build a bridge at Atlantic Yards
I recently sat through a jarring press conference at which officials abruptly announced that the city has run out of Section 8 vouchers. Other tax incentive programs have reached limits that may or may not be curable in the near future. And locating and implementing subsidy programs will be harder now because of unresolved animosity between Ratner and anti-project leaders.
Much of it is petty. City Councilwoman Letitia James (D, WFP-Brooklyn), who represents the people who argued for killing the project long after its inevitability was clear, says she wasn’t invited to today’s groundbreaking. That is an unnecessary slap in the face. (James told me she will remain at City Hall working on budget issues during the ceremony.)
Should they decide to continue on to the Atlantic Yards after two or three years in Newark, the New Jersey Nets get to make their new home in the midst of this kind of drama. Should they stay here, they would have an amped-up fan base, a neighborhood that would welcome their arrival, and the benefit of the Cory Booker Twitter marketing machine.