UPDATE! Someone really doesn’t like Atlantic Yards

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An opponent of the Atlantic Yards hacked into a digital traffic sign on Flatbush Avenue near developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-project on Tuesday, manipulating it to flash the message, “F—k Ratner.”

Instead of warning motorists about traffic pattern changes from the construction of the Barclays Center a few blocks away, the sign, near the corner of St. Marks Avenue, flashed its obscenity from about 8 am until about 10 am, when it was disabled.

It is unclear who did the damage.

“I noticed it this morning,” said photographer George Causil, who lives a few blocks from the site and snapped the shot that accompanies this story.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said that the sign is the responsibility of Forest City Ratner, not the city.

“Large-scale construction signs are not necessarily operated by us,” said the spokesman, Scott Gastel. “It is not one of our signs.”

Causil said he has no opinion on the 22-acre project. At first, he said thought the sign was hilarious, but then considered the profanity inappropriate in a neighborhood with so many kids.

A city government official, who asked to remain nameless, added that there is a time and a place for opposition to Brooklyn’s biggest development.

“The sign is there for public safety, not to promote the arena or Ratner, so this wasn’t the right place or time to be doing that,” said the official.

Ratner spokesman Joe DePlasco echoed that sentiment, calling the vandalism “serious and offensive.”

He said that the company has reported the incident to the NYPD.

Updated 12:24 pm, March 25, 2014: Updated with a comment from a Ratner spokesman.
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makaveli says:
who ever hacked into the road warning sign need to go to jail.
March 23, 2010, 1:26 pm
Dee from Prospect Heights says:
Classic absurdity of humans: more upset about a curse word than the fact that Ratner just grazed and stole a whole neighborhood with a red carpet roll out by our billionaire mayor. That, part is apparently not appalling.
March 23, 2010, 2:44 pm
Dee from Prospect Heights says:
Kids, don't curse, but go ahead and follow our example of greed and corruption. Just don't curse for F*&K sake.
March 23, 2010, 2:45 pm
Jaimie from Brooklyn Heights says:
How dare you publish this? That word is filth - I want to wash my computer screen after reading this so-called article. I would never have expected the word "Ratner" to appear on a family newspaper site.
March 23, 2010, 3:08 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Maybe it's mortgage holder on Metrotech and not an anti-AY'er.
March 23, 2010, 3:23 pm
Derek says:
I guess sending the white powder to Judge Gerges' office didn't work, so they decided to hack into an electronic construction sign.

Stay classy AY opponents.
March 23, 2010, 3:40 pm
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
I'm sorry but that is hilarious!
March 23, 2010, 4:28 pm
fred from bk says:
there is a time and place for opposition to AY says nameless official? really? when and where is that?
March 23, 2010, 5:38 pm
fred from bk says:
poor ol' joey from cobble hill's virgin eyes have been soiled by this great offense by humanity!
March 23, 2010, 7:14 pm
Francois from Prospect Heights says:
Vive la Résistance!
March 24, 2010, 10:20 am
timberland from star says:
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March 24, 2010, 10:22 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
It is one of the most versatile words we have!

according to wikipedia:

f@%k is an English word that is generally considered profane, that in its most literal meaning refers to the act of sexual intercourse. However, by extension it may be used to negatively characterize anything that can be dismissed, disdained, defiled, or destroyed, and it is due to the convergence of these two weighty concepts (sex and destruction) that the term can carry such overloaded emphasis,[citation needed] although it is frequently used as a mere intensifier.
"f@%k" can be used as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, or interjection and can logically be used as virtually any word in a sentence (e.g. "f@%k the f@%king f@%kers"). Moreover, it is one of the only words in the English language which could be applied in the middle of a word (e.g. "Am I sexy? Absof@%kinglutely!") It hence has various metaphorical meanings. The verb "to be f@%ked" can mean "to be cheated" (e.g. "I got f@%ked by a scam artist"), or conversely, to be sexually penetrated. As a noun "a f@%k" or "a f@%ker" may describe a contemptible person. "A f@%k" may mean an act of copulation. The word can be used as an interjection, and its participle is sometimes used as a strong emphatic. The verb to f@%k may be used transitively or intransitively, and it appears in compounds, including f@%k off, f@%k up, and f@%k with. In less explicit usages (but still regarded as vulgar), f@%k or f@%k with can mean to mess around, or to deal with unfairly or harshly. In a phrase such as "don't give a f@%k", the word is the equivalent of "damn", in the sense of something having little value. In "what the f@%k", it serves merely as an intensive. If something is very abnormal or annoying "this is f@%ked up" may be said.
March 24, 2010, 11:41 pm
enufalready! from gowanus says:
Good one, Jamie! Ratner is going to be the curse word of Brooklyn.
April 2, 2010, 9:41 am

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