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Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007

Black leaders to Bruce: Pay us back!

Atlantic Yards: Two black leaders — both of whom support Atlantic Yards — have joined the chorus of critics saying that developer Bruce Ratner betrayed his black supporters by selling the naming rights to his proposed Nets arena to Barclays, a global investment firm that was founded by slave traders and did business with South Africa’s apartheid government. Roger Green — a former state Assemblyman — and successor Hakeem Jeffries are the latest lawmakers to come out against the deal. Comments (1)

Inside Ratner’s big deal$

Atlantic Yards: Community groups and schools will be paying a lot to rent Bruce Ratner’s arena when the Nets aren’t using it — an apparent pullback from the developer’s promise to make the arena available to local non-profit groups “at a reasonable rate.” Comment

Atlantic Yards documentary: A review

Atlantic Yards: Paper film critic Baker Hollingsworth reviews Isabel Hill’s documentary, “Brooklyn Matters,” on the eve of its Brooklyn debut on Jan. 31. Comments (1)

Call it Harriet Tubman Park

Editorial: Brooklyn missed a great opportunity when Bruce Ratner sold the naming rights to his Nets arena to a foreign bank with no connection to the borough. He should have named it Jackie Robinson Arena. With that damage done, The Paper is now calling on state officials to not make the same mistake at the so-called Brooklyn Bridge Park. It must be named “Harriet Tubman Park.” Comments (3)

Vox Pop: Ratner’s bank job

Atlantic Yards: Community groups and schools will be paying a lot to rent Bruce Ratner’s arena when the Nets aren’t using it — an apparent pullback from the developer’s promise to make the arena available to local non-profit groups “at a reasonable rate.” Comment

All Drawn Out

Yards suit tries on a new tack; Lawyers claim state missed a deadline

Atlantic Yards: Opponents to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards have unveiled a new legal strategy that could bolster their battle against the state’s use of eminent domain to make way for the mega-development, legal experts said this week. Comment

Ratner’s ‘Blood Money’ fills the mailbag

Letters: Readers respond to last week’s story about Bruce Ratner’s deal with Barclays Bank, an institution with links to slavery, the Holocaust and apartheid. Comment

DDDB Dialing for Dollars

Atlantic Yards: The anti–Atlantic Yards group Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn is reaching out and touching someone — someone’s wallet, that is. In a bid to pay off an ever-growing mountain of legal bills, the opposition group has undertaken a round of fundraising calls — even calling the Brooklyn Paper for cash (we declined, thanks). Comments (1)

Slime fighters: Spiffed-up Gowanus is closer to reality

Park Slope: The area around the filthy Gowanus Canal would be reborn with a restaurant atop the grimy Smith and Ninth street subway station, a public market under the viaduct near Lowe’s, “green” industries, new homes and, of course, a clean-flowing waterway under a plan released by an area community group this week. Comment

Wrecking balls: Neighbors say developer is demolishing a historic building in DUMBO

DUMBO: Neighborhood activists in DUMBO say a developer has begun demolishing a historic building on Water Street in hopes of finishing the job before the entire area gets landmark status. Comment

Un-Christian words

Park Slope: Opponents of a local church’s plan to sell its garden are now calling for a boycott of the local real-estate broker involved in the sale. Comment