August, 2004

Lessons from the Heartland

Weintrob: DUBUQUE, IOWA — The deli man in Des Moines said that when he was in Brooklyn a few years ago for a family wedding, he pulled into a gas station, got out of his minivan, put the hose in his tank and … nothing. Comment

May, 2004

Protesters need to adjust focus

Weintrob: It’s not just the Nets, and it’s not just eminent domain. Whether Bruce Ratner has his way with us, in transforming Brooklyn from its status as a perpetually evolving multi-textured urban quilt into a sterile Manhattanized version of cul-de-sac suburbia, will depend more on our collective vision than on our individual pocketbooks. Comment

Support progress—reject the Downtown Plan

Weintrob: The “developers” and their tagalongs have their mantra down pat: Give them carte blanche to take whatever land they want, build whatever they want whenever they want, take whatever government subsidies they want, then rest assured — there will be jobs and prosperity for all. Comment

February, 2004



Letters: I am writing in response to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Jan. 31 letter to the editor published in The Brooklyn Papers. Comment


Letters: [Brooklyn Papers Editor Neil Sloane] was right to ask what Brooklynites get out of this massive stadium and adjoining towers [“Brooklyn’s identity safe without the ‘Jersey Nets,” Jan. 31]. None of the people who worked on the plan have any connection to the existing communities, so the only agenda is money, money, money. It’s time to set an agenda that Brooklyn citizens in adj Comment

Letters: I can assure your readers that just about all the development now under discussion for Downtown Brooklyn and the vicinity will be built. The only question is whether it will be built in Downtown Brooklyn and the vicinity — accessible by mass transit to tens of thousands of working people in need of employment, with any tax revenues going to New York City’s schools and other services — or on a greenfield site on the suburban Comment


Letters: I loved your editorial on Brooklyn’s identity [“Brooklyn’s identity safe without the ‘Jersey Nets,” Jan. 31]. I love Brooklyn for what it is and what it’s not (i.e. Manhattan). I don’t want to see it become Midtown Manhattan — filled with cars, pollution, and high-rises buildings. At the same time, I realize the need to improve some parts of Brooklyn. The que Comment


Letters: I am writing to thank you for your Jan. 31 issue that clearly lays out the massive changes taking place in Brooklyn. I work with an organization named Brooklyn Vision, founded to facilitate communication between community organizations and increase the input that residents have in planning developments that will directly impact their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren. Comment


Letters: Thank you for your coverage of the Downtown Brooklyn Plan. Your map clearly shows how much is going on in such a small area of our borough. As a member of the Traffic & Transportation committee of Community Board 2, I was saddened to see the Draft EIS for Downtown Brooklyn, submitted by the Economic Development Corporation. Comment


Letters: Perfectly timed for the winter holiday season, EDC and co-sponsors sent to this board a prettily packaged cluster bomb of 22 complex proposals. To their surprise, this board swept aside much other business, both personal and civic, to render its study. Comment


Letters: I find the inability of Community Board 2 to make an effective statement on the Downtown Brooklyn rezoning proposals [“Mum’s the word,” Feb. 7] to be an appalling betrayal of the public trust. Comment


Letters: The Feb. 7 article headlined “Mum’s The Word” rightly notes that the Downtown Brooklyn Plan is “the most complex rezoning plan in city history.” Unfortunately, the lead agencies, City Planning and the Economic Development Corporation, selected the plan’s submission date just prior to Christmas and New Year’s, effectively abbreviating the already scant 60 days avail Comment


Letters: This letter is in response to Editor Neil Sloane’s column, “CB2 blows it bigtime.” Comment


Letters: We were shocked to read your paper’s alleged “coverage” of the recent vote of Community Board 2 on the proposed plans for Downtown Brooklyn and, in particular, the severe criticism of board member Rachel Foster. Comment


Letters: In the last issue, I read your editorial account of the Community Board 2 vote on the proposed plans for Downtown Brooklyn. I was deeply disturbed at your overly personal and vitriolic attack on board member Rachel Foster. Not only were your remarks intentionally defamatory (i.e., calling for Ms. Foster’s resignation), much of what you reported was unsubstantiated. Comment


Letters: The type of character assassination you have engaged in without checking your facts or the reliability of your “source” makes it difficult to take The Brooklyn Papers seriously. The Community Board 2 member, Rachel Foster, who you describe as “intimidated” and “cowering” [“CB2 blows it bigtime,” Feb. 7] is not the same Community Board 2 member Rachel Foster w Comment


Letters: Your Feb. 7 editorial [“Neil Sloane/CB2 blows it bigtime”] and Deborah Kolben’s article [“Mum’s the word”] grossly mischaracterize the circumstances of my participation in the Community Board 2 vote on the Brooklyn development Plan. Comment

Letters: It is unfortunate and a disservice to the members of Community Board 2 (CB2) and your readers that you were so ill prepared to write the editorial, “Neil Sloane/ CB2 blows it bigtime,” that appeared in the Feb. 7 edition of The Brooklyn Papers. Your fact-less and irresponsible reporting further adds to the misinformation disseminated by other ill-informed individuals. Comment

January, 2004

The real story is the land grab, not the Nets

Weintrob: That the Nets are coming is beside the point. And that is the real story, a story masterfully buried by developer Bruce Ratner and his media shills. (When the New York Times is your real estate partner, it’s amazing the story its pages will tell — more than three pages featuring nine upbeat, luciously illustrated stories in Thursday’s edition.) Comment

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