Like most Brooklynites, I didn't break out the champagne when Jay-Z officially opened the Barclays Center arena. Quite the contrary: This odious monstrosity represents the death of a vibrant, diverse culture at the hands of a corporate monolith.
A couple of astonishing things happened last week in coverage of the EB-5 immigration visa program -- green cards for investments -- the dubious use of which I've investigated for months regarding Atlantic Yards.
Prospective NJ Nets buyer Prokhorov is the richest man in Russia. But there are nice ways to get a billion dollars, and not so nice ways. For instance, doing business with Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe.
Mikhail Prokhorov, the 6'8" Russian billionaire, and first foreign owner of an NBA basketball team, wanted a "Brooklyn blogger" to interview him. Somehow his people picked me -- plumb out of the blogosphere.