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A tale of two Yards at hearing

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Both sides of the Atlantic Yards saga — mostly construction workers in favor and neighbors of the project footprint in opposition — were out in force at Wednesday’s hearing in Downtown. Here’s what our sharp-earred reporter heard.

“I’m here to fight for good jobs, for jobs to improve the United States. We’ve been bombing for eight years, it’s time to build and build for the good. … I don’t see too many negatives, just a lot of positives. We’ve been spending money to destroy stuff for a lot of years, so anything built in America to me is a good thing.” Frank Basile, Queens

“Ratner definitely shouldn’t get any tax breaks — that’s our money that they’ve pulled out the affordable housing. It’s not right. I’m for putting that money back into the community.” Beverly Corbin, Wyckoff Gardens

“I support the plan because jobs are needed in New York. It’s tough enough as it is with the recession. … We’re not destroying the neighborhood, we’re just developing the neighborhood. … You can’t stop progress.” Joe Gelo, Staten Island

“It is very important to provide opportunities for people to better their lives. The plan is providing housing, recreation, and career opportunities… It’s also about our futute. 10, 15, 20 years from now, what can we provide our children? This is about our future.” Anthony Williamson, Downtown

“I’m against the project because I live in a building that’s going to be demolished. It’s ridiculous to put an enormous stadium in the middle of a residential neighborhood. … They’re taking property from poor people and giving it to rich people.” Jonathan Willner, Prospect Heights

“It’s over-development. … What I love about Brooklyn is the sky and the people. The buildings will obliterate the heart of Brooklyn by casting permanent shadows in certain neighborhoods. … High buildings are for Manhattan and Dubai, but not Brooklyn.” Susan Zugaib, Park Slope

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al pankin from downtown says:
these folks who are complaing about Rattner getting tax breaks are all wrong..what taxes are generated from the property now? it is a wasteland and has been for over fifty years, all the businesses moved away long ago. the people who will get "affordable" apartments don't pay much taxes anyway, how else will they be able to get these apartments unless someone pays, the only problem is they don't want to be the ones to pay...there are some pretty cheap apartments in florida now, maybe they should look there.
July 30, 2009, 12:32 pm
Paul from Park Slope says:
Hey, Joey DePlasco...excuse me, "al pankin"...you sure look good at all these hearings texting your stooges for the next outburst! PA-thetic!
July 30, 2009, 11:52 pm
U dont live in Brooklyn from Park Slope says:
Out of the 6 people that were quoted, Frank Basile, of Queens, Anthony Williamson, of Downtown (somewhere???), Joe Gelo, of Staten Island don't even live in Brooklyn.... they want to destroy our neighborhood for their enrichment... all the "Ratner-ites" don't live here.... build the arena in your neighborhood....
July 31, 2009, 8:17 pm

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