Finally, the itch that was Daniel Goldstein has been scratched and scratched out.
After almost seven years of flawed strategies, smear campaigns, stupid tactics, disingenuous rhetoric and total disregard for people who have lived in the Downtown Brooklyn community for years before he even thought about coming here; finally he got what he really wanted: a deal.
Not for the community he claimed to love so much, but for the only beneficiary of his community of one, himself, Double-Dealing Danny Goldstein.
How utterly despicable for him to be in the newspapers whining that he did not have enough time to move, and had nowhere to go, because he was being stiffed by the state and Forest City Ratner, when, low and behold, all the time, he was negotiating, not for the community, but for himself.
Well, good riddance and don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out.
Low- and moderate-income people have had to wait years for housing while he obstructed the Atlantic Yards project that could have been well over half done by now. He never had to worry about housing so he didn’t care how long other people had to wait.
Behold, the Gentrifier. He has slandered and denigrated not only me, but my organization and my members, relentlessly. What benefit has he delivered to the community? None, except for his own pocket.
Well, the housing at Atlantic Yards will be built, and the day after he moves out, which I hope will be sooner rather than later, the building that he squatted in these past years should be razed to ground immediately, and salt poured into the soil, so that never again can the likes of one of the biggest shakedown artists in Brooklyn return.
We will still be here, we will still be fighting for the all the people that Danny spurned and used for his own enrichment.
We hope that now everyone in Brooklyn and New York can see him for what he really is and can see what his actions cost Brooklyn. I hope whatever he settled for was worth the pain and misery he caused to so many people who just wanted a decent place to live in Brooklyn and who just wanted a decent job and a place for their family.
Now that the flim-flam man is gone, they can finally see it on the horizon.
Bertha Lewis is chief executive officer of ACORN, a controversial nationwide community organizing group whose mission is “to organize a majority constituency of low- to moderate-income people across the United States.”