Atlantic Yards Report brings word of the latest ordeal suffered by Brooklyn homeowner Daniel Goldstein as developer Bruce Ratner and his partners in the state government move forward with their plans to build a basketball stadium on top of Goldstein’s home:
Things are getting truly strange for Daniel Goldstein, spokesman for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, who with his wife and child is the only resident left on Pacific Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Goldstein lost his condo to condemnation last week and his street and two others were closed and made private.
Now that his street is closed to traffic--permanently at Fifth Avenue, and via guarded barriers at Sixth Avenue, anyone visiting Goldstein must provide advance notice, which means friends have been stopped by guards and kept him on the phone today with representatives of both Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), which owns his property.
Writing at Reason.com last October, Goldstein explained why a wealthy private developer like Ratner should have no right to his home. Unfortunately, New York’s highest court disagreed in a shameful 6-1 decision. Now, as Goldstein told the New York Post this week, “I’ve been told I can’t have visitors unless I give advanced notice... I live in New York City and pay taxes, so there’s no way that I should be treated differently. I actually don’t feel like I live in New York City or a free country anymore.”
At this point Goldstein and a few of the other holdouts still remain in their homes or businesses, awaiting formal condemnation proceedings. That includes the staff and patrons of Freddy’s Bar, who will be hosting filmmaker Michael Galinksy tonight at 8:30 PM for a screening of clips and footage from Galinksy and Suki Hawley’s forthcoming documentary on the Atlantic Yards boondoggle The Battle of Brooklyn. Check out the trailer for their film below, then watch Reason.tv's “Billionaires vs. Brooklyn’s Best Bar,” which chronicles Freddy's fight against eminent domain abuse.