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Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007

Downtown mall sold for $125M; new owner says Wal-Mart won’t be a tenant in his skyscraper

Downtown plan: A Downtown Brooklyn mall once eyed by Wal-Mart was sold this week — and the new owner says that behemoth of Bentonville is not moving in. Comment

Yvette Clarke to Ratner: Reject Barclays

Atlantic Yards: Rep. Yvette Clarke, a powerful supporter of the Atlantic Yards project, denounced developer Bruce Ratner’s $400-million deal with Barclays that would brand the Nets arena — the centerpiece of Ratner’s 16-skyscraper project — with the name of an institution that profited from the slavery and other horrors of human history during its “troubling past.” Comments (1)

Barclays to Brooklyn: No ‘Blood money’ here

Atlantic Yards: A British bank that is under fire from black leaders for profiting from the slave trade centuries ago fought back last week, claiming the allegation “is simply not true” — but a prominent historian, and yet another high-powered elected official, came forward this week to dispute the bank’s rosy view of its own history. Comment

Full Barclays letter to The Paper

Letters: Barclays has requested a retraction from this newspaper (and others) for stories about the bank’s link to slavery and other dark moments in human history. We stand our ground. Comment

Editor’s note: Our Barclays coverage

Editorial: Barclays has requested a retraction from this newspaper (and others) for stories about the bank’s link to slavery and other dark moments in human history. We stand our ground. Comment

Ratner foes have first day in court

Atlantic Yards: A familiar cast of characters clashed in the first courtroom battle over the fate of Atlantic Yards — with opponents saying the project abuses state condemnation powers and a state lawyer retorting that plaintiffs are “naive” to the ways of the world. Comment

Bruce gets the last laugh

Atlantic Yards: In the end, Bruce Ratner wasn’t that funny. A handful of comedians performing stayed away from jokes at the expense the Atlantic Yards developer at Tuesday night’s anti–Atlantic Yards fundraiser, “Laugh Don’t Destroy,” at Union Hall in Park Slope. Instead, the overflow crowd was treated to the usual array of jokes about urinating, flatulating, defecating, masturbating, douching, drinking one’s own urine, and, of course, “Star Trek.” It was crude, rude and hilarious. Comment

Marty’s Coney plan not a done deal

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz has a flashy plan for a new “state-of-the-art” performing arts venue in Coney Island — but not everyone in the rundown Riviera is cheering. Comments (1)

Ratner’s shadows end solar power dream

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project would cast such long shadows that the architect of a housing complex being built across the street has scraped a plan to heat his building with solar power. Comment

Roadblock slows down Red Hookers

Red Hook: In a creative attempt to combat Red Hook's mushrooming traffic problems, a seven-foot-tall, self-proclaimed Comment

Slavery? Apartheid? Barclays deal is wrong for other reasons

Letters: Our mailbag is again filled with more missives about our “Blood Money” front page. Comment

Whose Downtown is it anyway?

Downtown plan: Black Facts — a Downtown Brooklyn mainstay — was the canary in the coalmine. It closed last month and Downtown will never be the same — and that’s by design, unfortunately. Comments (1)

Affordable housing smackdown in Slope

Development: A fight is brewing in Park Slope pitting city housing officials who want to build low-income studio apartments for formerly homeless people against residents who believe bigger, family-friendly units will better serve the community. Comment