04.29.10

If Everyone Has Their Price, Bruce Ratner Wishes One Brooklyn Man’s Wasn’t So High

Posted in Basketball, Ugly New Stadiums at 4:21 pm by

Facing an eminent domain edict from the State Of New York, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s Daniel Goldstein agreed last week to a $3 million payoff to vacate his Pacific Street apartment, thus clearing the way for Bruce Ratner’s long-promised new Atlantic Yards playground for the relocating New Jersey Nets. Winning this particular battle wasn’t nearly enough for Ratner, however, whose representatives seem outraged that anyone besides their employer might enrich themselves. From YourNabe.com’s Stephen Brown :

Countering Goldstein™s own statements that the sticking point over last week™s negotiations was his refusal to sign away his right to criticize the project in the future, Forest City Ratner Executive Vice President MaryAnne Gilmartin told us that last week™s final negotiations did not bog down due to Goldstein™s refusal to sign a œgag order, but simply over how much money he could get out of developer Bruce Ratner.

œThe sticking point was how much money he wanted, Gilmartin said.

A source close to negotiations reinforced that claim by saying that Goldstein had actually pushed for $5 million at one point during negotiations.

Goldstein and his lawyer, Michael Rikon, said that both claims were patently false.

œThe money amount was settled pretty quickly, Goldstein said. œThe sticking point that led to nearly four hours of discussions was Ratner™s insistent desire to bind me to some sort of gag order.

œApparently, taking my home and razing my neighborhood wasn™t enough for them, he added.

Goldstein hinted that he would not be vanishing from public life. He said he remained committed to advocating for reform of New York™s eminent domain laws.

And now, he’s got a bit of a war chest to do it with. Had I known that criticizing Ratner was so lucrative, I’d have placed David Roth in charge of this blog a very long time ago.

2 Responses to “If Everyone Has Their Price, Bruce Ratner Wishes One Brooklyn Man’s Wasn’t So High”

  1. David Roth says:

    I think the secret is to either do it more than a few times a year, or do it concisely enough that anyone’s able to finish it. But I have to at the very least give this guy credit for pissing Ratner off enough to get this corny “you mad” response from his PR people. I’ve been trying to do as much for literally five years.

  2. sam says:

    Well, all I can tell you is I have known Bruce Ratner my entire life, He is my godfather, he was my dad’s best man and my dad gave the key note speech at his 50th birthday. Bruce puts on a nice show, but he is a pedophile who badly abused me and when I tried to come out and get him to tell the truth he sent Latin Kings who work for and are related to a guy, Loise Ocasio who works for him to make death threats to me on myself and loved ones until I got upset and he came after me for that. My father who was his Harvard roommate and best friend for years calls him a criminal and my mother who has never said a bad word about anyone says he is dead to her. Currenlty Bruce Ratner and his daughter are tapping computers and breaking into homes. Rebbie Ratner and her boyfriend of many years, JOSEPH MEISSNER also a criminal: http://landrumcreations.smugmug.com/ACTORS-Credited/ACTORS-MEN-30/1573434_mwciL/1/453131674_Lko22/Medium have broken into my home on a number of occasions but they have USDOJ protection so I can get no answers. Bruce will answer no questions. He is a hustler who uses death threats and the USDOJ to do his dirty work

    Beware of Bruce Ratner. He touches children in a sexual way, and if I were you I would steer clear of he and his daughter. He is currently shaking me down using his Nephew Mathew Ratner of the USDOJ and they are guilty of widespead racketeering as well as making death threats over the Whitehouse website as seen here: http://myfamilyonenoexceptions.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-post.html

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