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Beyond the Hype of Jay-Z's Brooklyn Nets Announcement

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 7:10 PM

Fueled by hype that began last Friday -- "Cultural Icon Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter" would make a "significant announcements" regarding the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn and the "borough's future NBA team," the media turned out in droves Monday for a heavily-managed press conference in Brooklyn across from the under-construction arena.

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Atlantic Yards Twist: Judge Agrees State Agency Catered To Developer Forest City Ratner

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 12:59 PM

The local press recently applied team coverage to the slaying of an eight-year-old Hasidic boy in Brooklyn and the perjury trial of pitcher Roger Clemens, but an important court ruling regarding the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn received either minor mention or -- in the case of the New...

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Battle for Brooklyn Recasts the Atlantic Yards Narrative

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 3:42 PM

The compelling new documentary Battle for Brooklyn does not just recount seven-plus years of community conflict over the Atlantic Yards megaproject, which includes an under-construction basketball arena for the relocated New Jersey Nets plus 16 planned skyscrapers.

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Brooklyn BP Markowitz's Atlantic Yards Falsehood (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 10:01 AM

Even New Yorkers who've barely heard of Atlantic Yards, the Brooklyn mega-project with an under-construction arena for the basketball Nets plus 16 planned towers, know that it's been highly controversial since it was announced in December 2003.

(Why? Eminent domain based on dubious "blight," an arena encroaching on...

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Reuters Nails Promoters of Green Cards for Investments as Liars, Gets Dubious Excuses on Brooklyn Arena

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 12:19 PM

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, the controversial arena-plus-towers megaproject in Brooklyn.

(See my previous Huffington Post coverage, Green Cards for Sale? Atlantic Yards...

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Anatomy of a Green Card Pitch: In China, Atlantic Yards Backers Rely on the Distraction of Basketball

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 3:14 PM

The controversial Atlantic Yards megaproject in Brooklyn, involving a basketball arena for the relocating New Jersey Nets plus 16 planned towers, has already gotten a boost from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who last year bought 80% of the team and 45% of the arena, known as the Barclays Center.

But...

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Atlantic Yards: Judge Slams State Development Agency for "Failure of Transparency"

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 1:53 PM

In today's New York Times, the Arts section features a long article on a play with music that dramatizes the Atlantic Yards development controversy in Brooklyn, another work from the impressive investigative theater company The Civilians.

Meanwhile, the Times ignores a long-awaited ruling in...

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Green Cards for Sale? Atlantic Yards Backers Seek Chinese Investors

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 2:19 PM

You don't have to favor restricting immigration to grow skeptical about a little-known federal program known as EB-5, which provides green cards to foreign millionaires if they park money here for a few years.

Not only does it look like the United States is selling visas, but the...

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